The Writer’s Surgery program connects you with experienced industry professionals for advice and feedback on your project. This advice may include:

  • Writing Practice – Project and genre-specific advice on overcoming writers-block, finding inspiration and developing a regular writing practice.
  • Writing Craft – Advice on your work’s plot, world-building, characterisation, dialogue and broader narrative elements.
  • Manuscript development – A review of your submitted work including advice on its structure, strengths and weakness, and any suggestions for improvement.
  • Industry advice – Recommendations for developing your submission or publishing package, networking, opportunities and broader industry issues.
  • Formatting and Presentation – A review of the formatting of your work for your industry, with attention to accepted industry standards and guidelines.

The Writer’s Surgery program is a member only program. If you are not currently a member please review which membership option would suit you best on our membership page.

This not a manuscript assessment service or a pathway to publishing. Instead, this program aims to foster professional practice and provide writers with objective one-on-one advice and feedback in a supportive environment.

How much does it cost?

Writers can book either a single 90 minute consultation session or an extended 180 minute consultation session.

Queensland Writers Centre Members :

 90 Minute Session     – $199 AUD  (Maximum of 20 pages reviewed)

 180 Minute Session   – $295 AUD  (Maximum of 30 pages reviewed )

Please note:  Consultations with multiple industry professionals or on different projects must be booked as single sessions.

How does it work?

  1. Select one to three industry professionals you would like to work with from this list
  2. Fill in the online application form
  3. We will contact you to schedule a consultation session for you and your selected industry professional. If you’ve nominated a specific consultation date, please allow a minimum of 10 business days from the date of application for scheduling and feedback preparation.

These sessions are available in-person at the Queensland Writers Centre offices in the State Library of Queensland, or remotely by phone or video conference.

If you have any questions about Writer’s Surgeries, please contact us: 07 3842 9922 / admin@qldwriters.org.au.

Submission details

Please provide your work typed as a digital document or scanned copy if possible. This is industry standard and good practice should you choose to submit to competitions or publishers. Please contact us at the office if you have any difficulties with this.

Fiction, non-fiction and academic projects, please provide:

  • A synopsis (up to one page) of the work being reviewed.
  • The first 20 pages of manuscript – Times New Roman or Arial font, size 12, double-spaced, and single-sided, or up to 20 pages of short stories, novellas or children’s stories (including illustrations).

Poetry projects, please provide:

  • Up to 200 lines of poetry.

Screen and play writing projects, please provide:

  • A synopsis (up to one page) of the work being reviewed.
  • Up to 20 pages of script, formatted as per Screen Australia’s Suggested Script Layout.

Blogging, freelance and other digital storytelling projects, please provide:

  • A synopsis (up to one page) of the work being reviewed.
  • Up to 20 pages of article or post text, formatted in a single document as per manuscript guidelines.
  • Screenshots and URL examples of above posts within blog/external sites.

For any other projects not listed above or if you have any questions while preparing your application, please contact Queensland Writers Centre on 07 3842 9922 / admin@qldwriters.org.au.