July 28


10:30 am - 04:30 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 Lea Scott

Allow readers to witness another’s pain and learn from it.

In this workshop, you will learn techniques and strategies for writing traumatic stories and traumatised characters for memoir, biography and fiction in an authentic and engaging way. Understand the neuroscience of trauma to develop realistic character fight/flight/freeze responses, mimic the effects of trauma in your narrative structure, develop a Hero’s Journey post-traumatic growth arc, interview trauma survivors and avoid pitfalls by exercising ethics and self-care.

Learning Outcomes:

You will learn to represent trauma in an authentic and engaging way in fiction and non-fiction through practical exercises and group discussions in the key areas listed below:

  • Understand the neuroscience of trauma (fight/flight/freeze responses)

  • Represent authentic character actions/reactions

  • Use the Hero‚Äôs Journey story arc for post-traumatic growth stories¬†

  • Understand key narrative techniques and strategies to represent trauma in writing

  • Learn strategies for interviewing trauma survivors¬†

  • Ethical considerations ‚Äď whose story is it?

  • Self-care to avoid re-traumatisation and vicarious traumatisation


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

About Lea:

Dr Leanne Dodd is a university lecturer in creative writing and an appointed mentor with Queensland Writers Centre for emerging writers. Under the pen name of Lea Scott, she has published three indie crime thrillers featuring traumatised characters that have gained local and national publicity. Her latest domestic noir crime novel was longlisted for the 2018 Richell Prize with Hachette publishers. 


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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