November 17


10:30 am - 04:30 pm

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Queensland Writers Centre


Queensland Writers Centre

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

South Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101


with Susanne Gervay

No dialogue. No story. Building dialogue that works.

Dialogue is a way to create voice, character, advance story, hold emotional content. It contains the spirit of the story. While it shadows daily dialogue, it has a greater purpose than mimicking every day speech.  This is a workshop that disserts dialogue and its purpose, with hands-on exercises to create dialogue that hits the mark.


Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Create engaging and relevant dialogue.
  • Investigate ideas for generating effective dialogue.
  • How dialogue and prose work together.
  • Understand how dialogue establishes character.
  • Dialogue as establishing tone, style and advance story.



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


About Susanne:

You’ll find Susanne planting 3000 mangroves in Kiribati, in remote indigenous communities sharing stories,¬†speaking¬†at the New York¬†World Burn Congress, or¬†in India presenting her short stories alongside David Malouf and Sir Salman Rushdie‚Äôs stories. Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award by International Literacy Association and an Order of Australia, Susanne is recognized for her award-winning short-stories and youth literature.

Susanne Gervay



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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