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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

Screenwriters’ Bootcamp with Veny Armanno 

Date / Times:

6pm-8pm, Friday 15 March (A meet-and-greet with a chance to pitch and discuss your personal project)

10:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 16 March (Workshop)

10:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 17 March (Workshop)

Are you a writer with a great idea for a movie but just don’t know how to start writing it for the big (or smallish) screen? Do you have a book or story that you’d love to adapt into a screenplay but don’t know where to start?

Following on from last year’s sold-out event Scriptwriting For Non-Scriptwriters, Venero Armanno has fleshed out his one-day course into a weekend bootcamp, with an initial meet, greet and pitch on the opening Friday evening.

The Screenwriter’s Bootcamp 2019 will introduce writers from other styles of writing (fiction, non-fiction, theatre, poetry, etc.) to the basic skills of screenwriting using the Hollywood feature film as our model. We’ll cover the basics to more advanced techniques. You’ll learn about the accepted format of film scripts, how to work with the shorthand of film narrative, what film narrative structures could look like, and how to approach the adaptation of existing material (very important if you want to adapt your own work). You’ll also be introduced to practical information about how to write towards low budget filmmaking, and the business and professional practice of writing for film.


If you have a more fleshed-out idea, you may send a 3-4 page summary for Veny to give direct feedback on. This should be sent 2 weeks before the course to, and should consist of the following:

Logline (25-50 words)
Comparisons (one line only)
Long Synopsis (up to about 1000 words, double-spaced, 12-point)


This is a 3-part course for all writers. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

C – Course

C – Craft development

1 – For all writers

About Veny Armanno

Venero (Veny) Armanno is the author of two short story collections, Jumping at the Moon and Travel Under Any Star, and nine critically acclaimed novels. These include Black Mountain, The Dirty Beat, Romeo of the Underworld and Candle Life. His novel, Firehead, was shortlisted in the 1999 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award; in 2002 The Volcano won the award with Best Fiction Book of the year. His works have been published in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Israel and South Korea. His most recent book is Burning Down (UQP, 2017), which started life as a screenplay project and which he continues to develop into a feature film.

Veny is a trained screenwriter (AFTRS, Sydney and TISCH, NYC) and has worked with Australian film producers and support agencies. He currently teaches creative writing at The University of Queensland.


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 and concession tickets will be confirmed on arrival.

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 livestreamed?

Queensland Writers Centre aims to provide material to its members regardless of where they reside within Queensland by livestreaming 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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