WRITING TO SAVE THE PLANET with Jessica White and Amanda Niehaus   Learn how you can save the planet with climate fiction. The last five years have seen a boom in cli-fi, or climate fiction, mirroring our anxieties about the sixth mass extinction and a world in which extreme weather events are increasing in frequency….

NOVEL IN A DAY: PLOT STRUCTURE, CHARACTER ARCS & EVERYTHING ELSE with Christine Wells Everything you need to know about writing commercial fiction in a nutshell. From inspiration to finished draft, this workshop covers everything you need to know about generating ideas and developing them into a workable premise for a novel, structuring your story…

MEET THE AUTHOR: WHOSE STORY IS IT ANYWAY? With Craig Batty and Laura Clelland Join us for a provocative discussion on screenwriting with Craig Batty, author, researcher and script consultant. Craig will be in conversation with award-nominated web series director, Laura Clelland, and writer, Sandra Makaresz. Together they’ll attempt to uncover whose story the screenplay is: the character’s, the…

HOW TO DEVELOP A TV OR WEB SERIES with Craig Batty Go from concept to pitch in just one day! This workshop will explore two of the fundamental aspects of creating a TV or web series – world and character. Aimed at emerging and practising screenwriters who want to advance their skills in developing concepts…

ADVANCED SCREENWRITING with Craig Batty You know the basics. Now, deepen your screenplay plotting and scene writing skills. Emerging and practising screenwriters who want to advance their skills in plotting and scene writing, look no further. This workshop uses paradigms of character and theme to explore authentic, skilful plotting, so that you can translate this…

MEET THE AUTHOR The House Detective and that Lino Lady Against the backdrop of the Brisbane River, join Queensland author, Caylie Jeffery, and House Detective, Marianne Taylor, for an entertaining presentation and conversation with WQ editor, Sandra Makaresz. Inspired by Caylie’s Under the Lino project, you’ll find out how this Queensland Memory Awards recipient built a community and wrote a…

BRING YOUR WRITING TO LIFE with Kathryn Heyman Discover tools and techniques to make your prose come alive. Rich, luscious writing is writing which has life in it – life on the page, and the life in the writing of it. In this one-day workshop for passionate writers, we’ll explore ways of making your words…

WRITING THE BODY with Quinn Eades Every body has a story; what’s yours? With Quinn Eades, learn how to write from (rather than about) the body. Discuss the ethics and politics of life writing, techniques for writing trauma, the ways that writing stories from ‘other’ bodies can broaden minds and promote social change, and most…

SURVIVING THE DEVELOPMENTAL PHASE with Laurel Cohn So you finally have a draft of your manuscript. What next? To give your manuscript the greatest chance of success, you need to develop it to the highest possible standard. This workshop is designed to equip writers who have finished at least one full draft of their manuscript with…

WRITING YA with Karen Foxlee Embrace your inner teen and write for young adults. This 6-hour workshop will show you how to develop compelling and complex teen characters, how to find a voice for them, and how to keep your readers hooked through plot and structure.  Learning Outcomes: During the workshop, you will: Gain an…

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