September 23


10:30 am - 04:30 pm

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Queensland Writers Centre

Level 2, State Library of Queensland Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

South Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101

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Beyond the Whodunnit

Crime is at the heart of a great many novels, regardless of where those novels fit within the huge and diverse genre of crime fiction. In this workshop we’ll look at: how to create a believable world for your fictional crime to disrupt; how to write characters who go beyond the stereotypes of villain, hero or victim; and how to create and maintain suspense. We’ll also talk about the role of voice, atmosphere and theme. Whether you’re working on a police procedural, a cosy mystery or a novel in any genre with a crime at its centre, the discussions and exercises in this course will help you move your whodunnit to the next level.


A workshop for intermediate and emerging writers

More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here

About Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books, a teacher and mentor to emerging writers and an ambassador for the Stella Prize Schools Program. She has twice been named as a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year. Her latest novel, An Isolated Incident, has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, the Stella Prize, and the ABIA 2017 Literary Fiction Book of the Year.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This course is for participants aged 18 years and above.  If you are accessing the QWC member tickets you may be asked to show proof of membership.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Queensland Writers Centre is located on Level 2 of the State Library of Queensland.

There are several parking and transportation options:

  • Parking underneath State Library or Queensland Museum costs $16 per entry.

  • There is limited street parking available on Merivale Street, Montague Road and Hope Street at an hourly rate.

  • A drop-off point is located on the ring road outside SLQ, next to the bus stops.

  • The Cultural Precinct BusWay and South Brisbane Train Station are a short walk from State Library.

 What can I bring into the event?

You can bring either pen and paper or a laptop along with you to write with. If you do bring a laptop, please remember to bring a power adaptor if necessary.

The venue runs quite a cool air-conditioning system so we advise bringing a jacket, jumper or cardigan with you.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm or email us at:

What’s the refund policy?

If Queensland Writers Centre cancels an event, we will try to reschedule it for a later date. If we cannot reschedule the event, or if you are unable to attend on the amended date, your payment will be refunded in full.

Except in special circumstances, if you cancel a booking for, or are unable to attend an event, workshop, seminar, or course, Queensland Writers Centre cannot provide a refund. You can contact us to discuss your situation on 07 3842 9922 or email us at



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