July 20


02:30 pm - 05:30 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 Carleton Chinner

Give depth and meaning to your stories with plots that will keep your readers turning pages.

Mastering plot can be one of the most challenging aspects of story craft. This three-hour workshop will show you how to structure your novel with a riveting plot that calls to the readers’ feelings. We will examine the available options that bring depth and colour to your story, find out how to continually increase the readers’ excitement, and how to bring this all to a satisfying ending.

Learning Outcomes:

You will improve your plot building abilities through practical exercises and group discussions in the areas listed below:

  • The key elements in every successful plot

  • Common plot structures and how authors use them

  • How to use plot structure to bring depth to your characters

  • Using the internal structure of each scene to drive your plot forward

  • Building structure that winds the tension up to an epic story climax

  • How to use plot devices to add life to flat storylines

  • Choosing tropes that work


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

About Carleton:

Carleton Chinner spent his childhood on a remote farm in South Africa, where the trip to the town library was the highlight of his week. The first book in his Cities of the Moon series was long-listed for the Adaptable award. He reviews for the Aussie Speculative Fiction website and is Secretary of the Queensland Writers Centre Management Committee.


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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