Cooking Up A Synopsis with Laurel Cohn Most writers find writing a synopsis more daunting than producing an 80,000-word manuscript. But if you want your work considered by a publisher, agent, commissioning editor, mentoring program or grants body, there is no way around it. Even if you are planning on self-publishing. Drawing on synopses from…

From The Inside Out – Crafting Characters with Aiki Flinthart  Create rounded, flawed characters – from the inside, out.  Understand personality types (using an easy, 4-personality profiling system). Then combine, conflict, and complement these to drive narratives and conflicts. Learn what motivates the different personalities; how they handle stress; how they express love. How external…

Novelists’ Boot Camp Dates / Times:  10:30am-4:30pm Saturday 23 February and 10:30am-4:30pm Sunday 24 February Don’t let your good idea go to waste – get it on the page over two days of intensive brainstorming, plotting and practical exercises. Arm yourself with the tools and frameworks to support your story. Create a book map, face your…

Memoir – A Book of Your Own with Kristina Olsson Memoir is one of the most fascinating genres for readers and writers alike. We all have a story to tell, but how do we translate that story into an exciting narrative? This workshop examines the fundamentals of memoir writing, giving you exercises and knowledge to…

First, Remove the Thats – Editing with Sue Wright All writers have different expectations and experiences of editing. This experiential workshop will take participants through a practical editing journey to build their understanding of editing (what it is and isn’t), their editing skills and their ability to discern when a story is submission-ready. Format Workshop…

Building Resilient Characters with Cass Moriarty Strong writing builds characters with powerful voices who evoke emotions that connect with the reader in an intimate and meaningful way. Learn how to develop characters that your readers will engage with and care about. Spark curiosity about your characters’ yearnings and their journeys to fulfil their dreams. Explore…

Standout Submissions with Sally Piper Learn tips and tricks on how to prepare your work for submission. The workshop also covers awards and competitions, working with a publisher and paths to publication. Format Seminar for beginner and intermediate writers. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here. S – Seminar S – Sustainability…

Year of the Novel with Veny Armanno  Dates / Times:  10.30am – 4.30pm, Sunday 3 February 2019 10.30am – 4.30pm, Sunday 7 April 2019 10.30am – 4.30pm, Sunday 2 June 2019 10.30am – 4.30pm, Sunday 4 August 2019 10.30am – 4.30pm, Sunday 13 October 2019 Whether it’s a true or made-up story, memoir or creative…

Copyright, Contracts, and You – with Alex Adsett  This interactive seminar will provide an excellent overview of the underlying legals that the Australian publishing industry is based on. We look at basic copyright law for authors, standard publishing terms, the ins and outs of a standard publishing contract, how and what to negotiate when dealing…

Writers write. Tomatoes time. At QWC, we want our writers writing – everyday. The daily grind gets in the way.  Life gets in the way. Interruptions get in the way. Setting the habit to sit down and write each day regardless of those pressures is the singular way people become writers and sustain careers as…

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