Queensland Writers Centre

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

Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101


With Caylie Jeffery

Create your own project based on your own family, home or history

In 2017, Brisbane writer and educator, Caylie Jeffery, became an accidental historian when she published a photograph of old documents she’d discovered in her home, on a social media channel. She unwittingly started an online movement… a detective group of over 1000 amateur historians, keen to uncover the stories behind the documents, opened up a world of local history that has enthralled people all over the country ever since!

Join Caylie as she shares the journey of the Under the Lino phenomenon and how she managed this collaborative community project, turning it into a crowd-funded, best-selling, self-published book and a popular blog. Caylie will provide you with the tools and the enthusiasm to create your own project, based on your own family, home or keepsake history.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the Writing Historical Fiction Workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use online and archival historical research tools for their projects.

  • Create engaging and entertaining prose in memoir, historical fiction and non-fiction genres.

  • Investigate ideas for generating plot and action using historical artefacts and personal keepsakes.

  • Consider topic choices for their projects.

  • Brainstorm historical writing techniques.

  • Begin their own self-publishing, blogging or historical journaling journey with all the tools they need.


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

About Caylie:

With a background in Nursing, Education and Counselling, Caylie Jeffery works to change the world through positive words and actions. Caylie is a freelance writer, educator and facilitator, helping children and adults to discover the benefits of the written word for mental health and well-being. Creativity and insightfulness can lead to powerful new beginnings for people of all ages, and she loves to facilitate this process. Caylie also works as a mentor at QWC for people keen to write their memoirs/self-help books or want to blog and self-publish. Her latest book, Under the Lino, is available online, at your local library and at all Brisbane Independent booksellers, including SLQ Books.


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 membership 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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