October 27


10:30 am - 01:30 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, Brisbane, QLD 4101

Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101


with Melissa Ashley

Unforgettable writing begins with engrossing imagery

Writing that incorporates our sensory experiences has the power to draw readers deep into our stories, life-writing and poems. Paying attention to our surroundings, the fine details, the colours, scents, textures, the murmurs and play of light, create immediacy and interest in our writing. The workshop explores the use of concrete imagery to create simple and extended metaphors, which help convey emotions, reflections and themes in our work. Participants are asked to bring along their own writing materials and there will be an opportunity for feedback during the workshop.  

Unavailable to make it in person? You can also watch this workshop via online live stream! Live stream tickets are available here.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Create new ideas for a piece of writing

  • Effective use of your senses and observation to develop short, powerful descriptions

  • Explore and discuss a range of craft tools to enrich the sensory images in your writing ‚Äď taste, touch, smell, sound, sight

  • Applying observations in your poetry, fiction and life-writing ‚Äď lines, scenes, place, setting, character

  • Expand powerful imagery into effective themes to enrich your stories, poems and life-writing

  • Opportunity to write new work

  • Feedback from facilitator and peers


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

About Melissa:

Melissa Ashley is a fiction writer who lives in Brisbane. Her first novel, The Birdman’s Wife won the Queensland Literary Awards Fiction prize and the ABA Booksellers Choice Award. Her second novel, The Bee and the Orange Tree, is published in October, 2019.

Melissa Ashely


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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