Queensland Writers Centre

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

South Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101

Making the Shortlist with Cass Moriarty and Sally Piper

This workshop assists participants to ensure their manuscript is structurally at its best for submission to publishers, competitions and awards. Participative workshopping includes practical exercises, group work and discussions based around the following subjects: identifying the central question or theme of a novel and its main and secondary characters; tips for discerning a novel’s strengths and weaknesses and interrogating the plot’s external and emotional arc; submission and formatting guidelines; expectations of judges and publishers; and networking and opportunities.


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

About Cass Moriarty

Cass Moriarty is the author of Parting Words (UQP), and The Promise Seed (UQP), longlisted for the 2017 Dublin International Literary Award, shortlisted for the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards People’s Choice Award, and the Queensland Literary Awards, Emerging Author category.

About Sally Piper

Sally Piper is the author of Grace’s Table (UQP), (shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, Emerging Author category) and The Geography of Friendship (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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