October 14


10:30 am - 01:30 pm

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Meeting Room 1.B

Level 1, State Library of Queensland Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

South Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101

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Music and Biography

Writing about music and the lives of musicians—as Jeff has done for the past 30 years, across more than 20 books —is a rewarding, sometimes under-appreciated, creative field. In this seminar, Jeff will discuss what makes a good music bio, what key lessons he’s learned during his long and winding career, and will give his opinion on the seemingly never-ending ‘authorised vs unauthorised’ argument. He will provide professional advice ranging from selecting a subject to research, ‘pitching’ to publishers, the writing itself, ‘death by 50 cuts’ (aka editing), design and photo selection. Jeff will also discuss the numerous crucial relationships any writer must maintain: with their desk, their editor, designers, booksellers, publicists, readers and more.


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

Learning Outcomes

  • A clearer understanding of what makes a great biography

  •  How to approach publishers with that great idea

About Jeff Apter

The work of Wollongong-based Jeff Apter includes biographies of the Finn brothers (Together Alone), the Bee Gees (Tragedy), Jeff Buckley (A Pure Drop) and Keith Urban. He is currently writing a biography of Angus Young, entitled High Voltage. He has also co-written and / or ghostwritten memoirs by the musicians Kasey Chambers, Richard Clapton and AC/DC’s Mark Evans (Dirty Deeds). Jeff spent four years on staff at Australian Rolling Stone, for whom he continues to write. He was the creative consultant / dramaturge for the Helpmann Award-nominated 2015 live show, A State of Grace: The Music of Tim and Jeff Buckley, and is currently working on a new production with acclaimed American guitarist Gary Lucas.


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

This course is for participants aged 18 years and above.  If you are accessing the QWC member tickets you may be asked to show proof of membership.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Meeting Room 1.B is located on Level 1 of the State Library of Queensland.

There are several parking and transportation options:

  • Parking underneath State Library or Queensland Museum costs $16 per entry.

  • There is limited street parking available on Merivale Street, Montague Road and Hope Street at an hourly rate.

  • A drop-off point is located on the ring road outside SLQ, next to the bus stops.

  • The Cultural Precinct BusWay and South Brisbane Train Station are a short walk from State Library.

 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.

The venue runs quite a cool air-conditioning system so we advise bringing a jacket, jumper or cardigan with you.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm 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



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