May 18


10:30 am - 04:30 pm

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Featured Events, Upcoming Events

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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 Kylie Chan

Let your imagination soar to create original worlds in fantasy and science fiction

Learn about the different types of speculative fiction and where your ideas sit in the vast continuum of imaginary worlds. Get tips on how to build your fantastic world, inhabit it with memorable characters, and take your readers on an adventure they’ll never forget.

Learning Outcomes:

You will gain insight into the world-building process and the tools you need to create original and enthralling characters by taking part in the following:

  • Exploring the nature of fantasy and science fiction, its history and diffusion into popular media

  • Discussing cliché’s and over-used tropes in current and historical genre fiction

  • Making your prose engrossing and un-put-down-able

  • Identifying options for setting – place, time, and culture are all yours to experiment with

  • Sharing your view of the future with the group and utilise the discussion for story seeds

  • Outlining the most important parts of plot and character when working in speculative fiction

  • Workshopping tools for creating diverse, interesting, and believable characters in the world you’ve built.


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

About Kylie Chan:

Kylie Chan has been an IT consultant in Australia and Hong Kong. On returning to Australia in 2002, she wrote the bestselling nine-book Dark Heavens series, a fantasy based on Chinese mythology, and has recently released a new science fiction series. She holds a BBus and MBA in IT, and an MPhil in Creative writing.


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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