The theme for this competition is ‘taste’, open to interpretation by the author. The length of the submission should be no less than 3000 words and no more than 10 000 words, excluding the title and word count. There will be one Winner who will receive £300 and two Runners-up who will each receive £100. There…

The other day I read a blog over at writerunboxed.com—a truly worthwhile site if you are looking for both guidance and inspiration—about planning and pantsing that stopped me in my tracks and gave me a jolt. Basically, it restored some much-needed self-confidence, but to explain why, I must backtrack. A few months ago I finished…

I think of Queensland Writers Centre as the sturdy trunk of a tree. It’s the main conduit that nourishes all the branches that connect to it. And we fortunate members are its leaves; the vibrant, diverse and ever-renewing milieu of creatives that spring from these branches and take sustenance from the trunk’s rootstock.  One branch…

Contrary to all the stereotypes of the lonely writer, writers are a gregarious bunch. We like to hang out together and talk ‘shop’, just like everybody else. Conferences are great occasions for that simple reason, as we get a chance to mingle with our tribe. However, conferences are rare. You can make writing friends online,…

Every family has its folklore, and mine is that when I was small my father bought me a Little Golden Book every Sunday when he bought the newspaper. We weren’t a bookish family, but I can relate to Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye when he says: ‘I’m quite illiterate, but I read a…

A sense of place has always been important to my writing, but perhaps never more so than in A Hundred Small Lessons. I’d arrived in Brisbane in 2008 with two manuscripts – The Body in the Clouds, set around the Harbour Bridge; and The Railwayman’s Wife, set on the NSW south coast. For almost two…

I am one of the lucky ones. I have a welcoming writing space. I have a computer, an internet connection and a swag of jottings that, like swelling raindrops, are stowed safely in a cloud. I have a comfortable chair and a desk from Ikea that I constructed with the assistance of myriad Allen keys…

As I celebrated finishing a picture book, self-congratulating myself on my level of professionalism given that I had engaged a talented illustrator, an experienced graphic designer, a well versed editor and an amazing printer, I’d always simply assumed that the step of translating this PDF print-ready file into another file type relevant to an eReader…

I have been writing and submitting to publishers for over 25 years. Over that time I have been lucky enough to receive two writing grants, each for $15,000. Both of those grants have had a profound impact on my writing, and both led to the publication of stories that I was not expecting to write,…

   In the first season of the television series Girls, the famously self-absorbed central character, Hannah Horvath, infamously announced ‘I think that I may be the voice of my generation’, before back-peddling to ‘or at least a voice. Of a generation’. Think that’s obnoxious? Try wrangling the courage to be the voice of several generations….

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