Basic information on the most frequently-asked questions about the writing and publishing industry, to help you understand the considerations involved, what you may need to investigate further, and options to help you get started.

Writers Guides 🔒

Complete guides to the writing and the publishing industry available for QWC members.

The Writer’s Surgery

QWC’s Writer’s Surgery connects you with professional writers who will help you overcome hurdles and put you on the road to achieving your writing goals. Submit 20 pages of your work, then engage in a 90-minute conversation with your nominated consulting writer who will provide advice according to your goals.

 Online Courses

QWC offers online courses covering the art, craft and business of writing, designed for busy schedules, rural living or learning on the run. QWC members receive discounts for online courses.

Hachette Manuscript Development Program

Delivered by QWC, the Hachette Manuscript Development Program provides a vital professional and creative development opportunity for emerging Australian writers. A four-day retreat program, during which participants receive feedback on their manuscripts and workshopping opportunities with Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors, undertake specialised training in establishing a writing career, and take part in networking events with industry leaders.

Fellowships and Access Program

QWC is passionate about supporting Queensland writers. Through the Fellowships and Access Program, QWC provides professional development opportunities for writers from diverse backgrounds. The program offers selected QWC members financial support through:

  • Maher Fellowships for Women Writers
  • Olvar Wood Writing Mentorships for LGBTTIQ Writers
  • QWC Access Fund

Books from our Backyard

QWC’s annual Books From Our Backyard is a catalogue of books written by Queensland writers, to connect Australian and international readers with Queensland stories.

Writers Groups in Queensland

Are you interested in joining a writers’ group? Getting involved with a writers’ group is a fantastic way to connect with like-minded people, receive valuable feedback on your writing and grow as a writer.

National Writers’ Centre Network

QWC is a part of the National Writers’ Centre Network – Australia’s largest network of writers. The network supports and connects writers in all the states and territories of Australia. Together we represent more than 10,000 members and a much broader constituency of early career, emerging and established authors – across all genres, all styles and all parts of Australia.

The Network offers some reciprocal member benefits between centres and works as a group to share information and advocate for Australian writers.

The National Writers’ Centre Network consists of the following state and territory writers centres: