February 2


10:30 am - 01:30 pm

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Queensland Writers Centre


Queensland Writers Centre

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

South Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101

Copyright, Contracts, and You Рwith Alex Adsett 

This interactive seminar will provide an excellent overview of the underlying legals that the Australian publishing industry is based on. We look at basic copyright law for authors, standard publishing terms, the ins and outs of a standard publishing contract, how and what to negotiate when dealing with a publisher, some of the sneaky traps to watch out for, and different approaches when dealing with print vs digital contracts vs US or Australian publishers. If you have examples of questionable clauses, feel free to bring them along for some discussion, and join this interactive and open forum on publishing contracts. Come for the knowledge, stay for the bad copyright jokes.


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

S – Seminar

S – Sustainability for writers

1 – For all writers

About Alex Adsett

Alex Adsett is a publishing consultant and literary agent who offers commercial contract advice to authors and publishers, including on print, digital, film and self-publishing contracts. As a literary agent, she specialises in fiction for adults, YA and kids, with a focus on romance, science fiction & fantasy, and crime genres. She gives regular talks on copyright & contracts around Australia and sits on the board of the Small Press Network.


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 and concession tickets will be confirmed on arrival.

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 livestreamed?

Queensland Writers Centre aims to provide material to its members regardless of where they reside within Queensland by livestreaming 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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