The Writer’s Surgery program connects members and writers to experienced industry professionals for advice and feedback on their projects. 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 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 consultation session or a bundle of three. QWC offers this program at a discounted rate for its members. As this is a members-only offer, the price for non-members includes one year’s membership with QWC.

QWC Members: $180.00 single or $395.00 bundle
Non-members:$250.00 single or $465.00 bundle

Please note: the bundle offer is for three sessions on the same project submission. 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 below, selecting one to three industry professionals you would like to work with from
  3. Attach your work to the form using the “Choose file” button at the end of the form
  4. Submit the form
  5. QWC will contact you to schedule a consultation session for you and your selected industry professional.

Or

  1. Select one to three industry professionals you would like to work with from this list
  2. Download the application form
  3. Email the form and your attachments to admin@qldwriters.org.au
  4. QWC will contact you to schedule a consultation for you and your selected industry professional.

These sessions are available in-person at the QWC 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.

 

Apply for a Writers Surgery

See Submission Details below for what to submit.
Please note - maximum file size is 1.5 MB. If your file is larger than this, please email it to us at 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 QWC on 07 3842 9922 / admin@qldwriters.org.au.