Pen & Pixel - 20 September 2022

Queensland Writers Centre's weekly newsletter filled with news, events, competitions and opportunities for writers.

Registrations close 11 October for the Printable author branding program

Develop your author brand, nail down your online presence, and learn critical marketing know-how to back up your writing career.

Applicants will participate in a complete program including one-on-one Consults, a comprehensive full day course including workshops with industry experts, with add-on opportunities for professional author headshots and follow-up support with your marketing.

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Full-day hybrid workshop

Overcoming Obstacles In Your Writing with Kathryn Heyman

When: 2:00pm, Saturday 24 September (this weekend!)

Join celebrated writer and creative writing mentor Kathryn Heyman as she shares her experiences and the strategies, exercises and solutions she’s used in her own work, and to help hundreds of writers overcome their own obstacles in order to flourish and publish.

Full-day workshop

Fundamentals of Creative Writing
with Taryn Bashford

When: 10:30am, Thursday 17 November

Whether you're a beginner or simply would like a refresher course in creative writing, this informative and hands-on writing workshop will re-ignite your inspiration to write.

More workshops and events...

1 Oct - Turning Everyday Life Into Creative Writing with Ellen Wengert
7 Oct - The Craft Side of Writing with Lian Tanner
8 Oct - Brisbane Children's Writers Festival 2022
22 Oct - Writing Place with Lee Kofman
23 Oct - Writing Your New Story After Trauma with David Roland
12 Nov - Short Fiction Feedback Clinic with Debra Adelaide
17 Nov - Fundamentals Of Creative Writing with Taryn Bashford
26/27 Nov - Weekend Writing Challenge - November

Check out our website for bookings and more details. 

Community events

Queensland Poetry - Ekphrastic Poetry for Big Kids

When: 6:30pm, Thursday 13 October
Where: Online

This fun and inclusive workshop led by poet and primary teacher Benjamin Dodds will inspire creativity in writers of any age and experience level. Ekphrastic Poetry for Big Kids will give participants the opportunity to rediscover poetry’s childlike joy, emphasising play and discovery as inspiration for new writing.

Book Links StoryArts Brisbane

When: 22-23 October
Where: State Library of Queensland

Two day conference for writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians promoting excellence in children’s literature. The program includes workshops; opportunities to obtain feedback on pitches; manuscripts and portfolios; as well as key panel sessions with editors, agent, authors, illustrators and book creators.

Brisbane International Film Festival

When: 27 October - 6 November
Where: Various venues, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm 

Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) is a celebration of cinema in Brisbane’s cultural heartland, attracting award-winning international films combined with Australian and independent cinema releases. In 2022, BIFF will showcase over 150 diverse and exciting films, panels and special events.

Brisbane Powerhouse - MELT Festival

When: 10-27 November
Where: Various venues, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm 

An unabashed celebration of queer art, artists and ideas – MELT Festival 2022 will feature international music icons headlining the event, alongside national and local performers. Curated by award-winning writer, director and producer Daniel Evans.

Writing Friday update

Writing Friday is a free, volunteer-led program for Queensland writers at all levels. It connects writers with other writers in their local community and provides a space where Queenslanders can cultivate their habit of writing, following the Pomodoro technique.

Be a part of this great statewide program and get in touch to join your nearest group - or discuss starting your own.

Active locations:
  • Bribie Island (Tuesdays)
  • Queensland Writers Centre
  • Helensvale Library
  • Elanora Library
  • Logan Central Library
  • Maleny Library
  • Toowoomba, The Lighthouse
  • Yeppoon (Tuesdays)
  • Mareeba Library
  • Gympie Library
  • Bundaberg Library
  • Manunda (Wednesdays)
  • Wynnum Library (Mondays)
Coming soon:
  • Cooroy Library
  • Victoria Point Library
  • Redcliffe Library
Seeking volunteers/participants:
  • North Lakes
  • Mooloolaba
  • Chermside
  • Caloundra
  • Maryborough
  • Gladstone

Right Left Write

Our September genre prompt is Sci-Fi. Immerse yourself in the theme, experiment, play or subvert expectations!

Submissions of short fiction (max. 500 words) close 30 September - submit your entry now.

Community news & Member Milestones

Adaptable 2021 shortlisted author Claire Boston has signed an option agreement for a TV series adaptation of her romantic suspense novel Nothing to Fear with A Touch of Madness Studios.

Publishable 2022 shortlisted author Catherine Deery has been announced as the recipient of the Henry Handel Richardson Award in the 2023 Varuna residential fellowships, for the short story collection Haphazard.

Craig Cauchi has been announced as a quarter-finalist in the Script Studio 2022 Feature Screenwriting Contest for the screenplay SalienceSalience has also been selected as a semi-finalist for the Byron Bay International Film Festival's Screenplay Award.

Women Writers Qld President Toni Risson is proud to announce the publication of the group's latest anthology collection of short stories, If it hadn't rained that night, launched by ABC weather presenter Jenny Woodward.

Hanne Watkins has been announced as a recipient of a 2023 Varuna residential fellowship for her crime fiction work IKEA Story.

Pamela Rushby has been announced as a longlisted author in the children and young adult (CYA) category of the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize for the book The Secret Battle (Eagle Books).

Share your achievements! Submit your Member Milestone using the submissions form here.

Competitions & opportunities

Minds Shine Bright - writing competition

Closes: 30 September

Accepts entries of short stories (up to 2500 words), poems, short scripts and flash fiction (up to 1000) on the competition theme of Storm. First place winner receives $500, with winners and commended entries published by Minds Shine Bright in an e-book anthology.

National Regional Arts Fellowship Program

Closes: 30 September

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government Program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. Fellowships offer a guaranteed income (for a short period) for an artist/practitioner to develop their work, skills, networks or research. Six fellowships will be available between $10,000 - $20,000 across a range of categories.

Australia Council for the Arts - Digital Fellowship Program

Closes: 11 October

Six-month Fellowship program featuring a series of curated online gathering sessions, an in-person residential and mentoring for artists and practitioners to develop their digital practice. Investment is also offered to enable participants to realise new ideas and set the course of future work. Artists working across any artform (including digital arts, film and radio, literature, theatre) are eligible to apply.

ASA - The Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship

Closes: 14 October

Open to Full members of the Australian Society of Authors. $20,000 scholarship offered annually to a published Australian writer of adult fiction or biography (memoir, poetry & children's writing not eligible) to provide time to work on a new manuscript.

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, we have copies to giveaway of The Stranger by Kathryn Hore.

An uncompromising and compelling feminist Western for readers of The Natural Way of Things.

Fill in the entry form this week for your chance to win.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Writers Centre is based at the State Library of Queensland on Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane. Named after the native water rat (kuril), Kurilpa Point has a significant history as an important meeting place, and we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we reside. As we operate across the entire state of Queensland, we respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of all the Nations on which we meet and come together from.

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