November 2


10:30 am - 01:30 pm

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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


with Pamela Rushby

How to pitch your book to publishers – effectively!

This hands-on workshop is aimed at writers who want to pitch their book/script idea effectively to a publisher, editor or agent. Two pitches will be developed in the workshop: a short ‚Äėelevator‚Äô pitch (for unexpected opportunities!), and a longer pitch to be delivered at more formal one-on-one appointments.¬†

Participants will become aware of two effective ‚Äėformulas‚Äô for creating well organised, succinct and attention-grabbing pitches. They will develop two pitches during the workshop.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • The differences between an elevator pitch and a formal pitch.

  • Identify characters, plot, setting in succinct and powerful ways.¬†

  • How to hold someone’s attention with your¬†characters‚Äô aims¬†and¬†obstacles.¬†

  • The importance of the instigating incident.

  • How to practice and present yourself for an in-person pitch.

  • Write, present, and refine one elevator pitch.

  • Write, present, and refine one formal pitch.¬†


This is a seminar for intermediate and emerging writers who want to sustain their writing career. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

About Pamela:

Pamela Rushby has written over 200 fiction and non-fiction books for educational and trade publishers. She has worked in advertising, as a teacher, and as a writer and producer of educational television. Her books and films have won many awards.

Pamela Rushby


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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