Queensland Writers Centre

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

South Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101

Building Short Sharp Stories with Laura Elvery

What can great short stories teach us? How can we turn our own obsessions into great fiction? Laura Elvery will guide you through exercises designed to generate new ideas for short fiction. Using participants’ own preoccupations and interests, she will discuss techniques and writing habits to help you populate a story and motivate you to draft and improve your work. Excerpts from excellent short stories, and participants’ own ideas, will help you reflect on characterisation, plot, point of view and structure. 


Workshop for intermediate level writers. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

About Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery is a Brisbane writer. She has won the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize, the Margaret River Short Story Competition and the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Laura’s work is published in Overland, Griffith Review and The Big Issue fiction edition. Her debut collection of short stories, Trick of the Light, is out now with UQP.


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

Unless otherwise stated, QWC 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. 

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. 

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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