October 14


02:00 pm - 05:00 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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Public Speaking

Gulp! Goodbye keyboard; hello microphone. Being a successful writer will plunge you into the hot waters of public speaking. This workshop examines the range of speaking opportunities writers encounter today and unpacks the widespread fear of public speaking. It equips participants to deal with nerves in spontaneous situations and prepared speaking engagements, and offers techniques for facing any audience with confidence and, eventually, enthusiasm. It includes the importance of body language and the value of adding humour. Participants will be encouraged to take the opportunity to practise new skills but will not be pressured to speak.


A workshop for intermediate to established writers. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here

Learning Outcomes

  • Introduce yourself well

  • Understand the source of fear

  • Control nerves

  • Use voice, face and gesture effectively

  • Master impromptu speaking, interviews, etc.

  • Present engaging prepared speeches

  • Use notes, microphones, and PowerPoint professionally

  • Write a joke

About Toni Risson

Dr Toni Risson is a children’s author and cultural historian. In addition to speaking engagements, Toni’s work on Greek cafés and Australian confectionery has led to television appearances on programs like 7.30 Report, Landline and Weekend Sunrise, voice-over interviews for online newspapers like the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC podcasts, and countless live radio interviews. Toni turned to Forum Communicators to deal with the fear of public speaking when her first book was published. She has been a member for about ten years, is an accredited speech assessor, and has won all three of the organisation’s major awards.


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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