Queensland Writers Centre

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

Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101


with Christine Wells

Everything you need to know about writing commercial fiction in a nutshell.

From inspiration to finished draft, this workshop covers everything you need to know about generating ideas and developing them into a workable premise for a novel, structuring your story for maximum emotional impact and creating a powerful character arc for your protagonist. Whether you are an inexperienced writer seeking guidance on how to begin or a more advanced writer wanting to make your stories better and more marketable, this workshop is for you.


Learning Outcomes:

You will improve your writing skill-set through practical exercises and group discussions in the key areas listed below:

  • Generate ideas for your novel and learn how to turn ideas into a workable story premise
  • Investigate voice and how voice plays into genre
  • Understand conflict and how conflict generates plot
  • Understand classic story structure and learn to develop a framework for your story
  • Learn about character arc and how to show character growth and change
  • Understand the commercial fiction market and the pathways to publication



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


About Christine:

Christine Wells is a former corporate lawyer who gave up her career to write full-time. She was the first Australian to win the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award and she has since published 13 novels which have been translated variously into German, Dutch, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Japanese.



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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