September 21


10:30 am - 04:30 pm

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Queensland Writers Centre


Queensland Writers Centre

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

Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101


with Kathryn Heyman

Discover tools and techniques to make your prose come alive.

Rich, luscious writing is writing which has life in it – life on the page, and the life in the writing of it. In this one-day workshop for passionate writers, we’ll explore ways of making your words and characters sing. How do you make a character seem alive? How do you create a sense of place which is convincing? And how do you keep the sense of life and joy in your writing process? 

Whether you’re working on short stories, a novel or a memoir, this inspiring class will help you find new ways into your writing. Using practical exercises, you’ll dream up scenes, play with images and flesh out characters. You’ll also learn how to boost productivity and find real joy in your writing. 

Led by acclaimed novelist Kathryn Heyman, this inspiring class will help you discover your characters and find what you need to write on, with joy.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, participants will: 

  • Have an increased understanding of the difference between abstract and concrete writing 

  • Have the opportunity to test out different voices and techniques in their fiction writing 

  • Have an increased understanding of the various approaches to writing fiction and memoir 

  • Have a small portfolio of writing samples 

  • Have a range of techniques to call upon in the writing of fiction and non-fiction


This is a craft workshop for all writers. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

About Kathryn:

Kathryn Heyman is the author of six novels, including Storm and Grace (2017). She has written several radio dramas for the BBC, including adaptations of her own fiction and was awarded the 2018 CAL Author Fellowship for her forthcoming memoir, After the Blindness. Her previous work has won the Wingate, Southern Arts and Arts Council of England Writing Awards in the UK and been nominated for awards including the Scottish Writer of the Year, the Orange Prize (now the Baileys) and the Kibble Prize and the West Australian Premier’s Literary Awards. Kathryn Heyman is the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program.


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

Unless otherwise stated, Queensland Writers Centre workshops and events are suitable for participants aged 16 years and over. If you are under 18 years of age, please check with us for suitability before purchasing a ticket. 

Membership will be confirmed on arrival, in the event it isn’t current, membership will need to be arranged.

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

Information on getting to the State Library of Queensland can be found here.

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. 

Will this event be live streamed?

Queensland Writers Centre aims to provide material to its membership regardless of where they reside within Queensland by live streaming some events. Attendees may be broadcast periodically throughout the event as recording takes place. If you wish not to be filmed, let staff know prior to the event.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 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

Terms and Conditions

All information is correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised program information (including course content and tutors), but if this occurs, we will try to provide as much notice as possible.
We expect that all participants will behave respectfully and professionally towards their tutor and fellow students. We reserve the right to remove anyone who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, we will not offer a refund.
We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.


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