May 12


10:30 am - 01:30 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 Ally Blake

Bring two unsuspecting characters together and have your readers begging for more. 

Whether you are writing a classic love story, or a novel with a romantic subplot, the ability to tap into readers‚Äô emotions with a believable, engaging, heart-tugging romance, is a skill every writer ought to have in their arsenal. With multi-published romance author, Ally Blake, learn how to pick perfectly conflicting heroes and heroines, use backstory, emotional conflict, through-lines, and sensory connections to pen a gripping ‚Äėwill-they-won‚Äôt-they‚Äô storyline (even when we all know that they will!) with a finish that makes your readers sit back and sigh, before diving online to find out when your next book is coming out.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Create unique, likeable, true-to-life heroines for readers to champion

  • Construct realistic – yet aspirational – heroes your readers will adore¬†

  • Demystify the important difference between internal and external romantic conflict

  • Compose the perfect balance between realism and romantic fantasy

  • Assemble the right cast of supporting characters

  • Shape fantastic love scenes

  • Sustain constant emotional tension to keep readers glued to the page

  • Decode and utilise genre-related reader expectations

  • Choreograph the ultimate emotional pay off; a sigh-worthy happy ending


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

About Ally Blake:

Australian romance author Ally Blake loves reading and strong coffee, sparkly notebooks and soft, dark pencils.  She also adores writing love stories. Having sold over 4 million copies of her novels worldwide, she is living her dream. Alongside one husband, three rambunctious kids, and too many animal companions to count, Ally lives and writes in the leafy western suburbs of Brisbane.


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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