Pen & Pixel - 25 October 2022

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

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a huge weekend of workshops here at Queensland Writers Centre. It was fantastic to welcome interstate presenters - Lee Kofman from Victoria and David Roland from NSW - back to the Program in person for the first time since early 2020. 

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Live stream workshop

Screenwriting: The Three Acts
with Stephen Davis

When: 10:30am, Saturday 5 November
Price: $35 online (member rate)

Understand how the three acts work and how you can use the structure in your story. 

Presented as part of the Scriptable program for emerging screenwriters - available free for Scriptable 2022 applicants.

Members-only writing event

Writing Challenge

When: 10:00am, 26-27 November
Price: Free/donation

Formerly the Rabbit Hole Writing Challenge. Join a supportive group of committed writers for two full days of fast-paced writing, and transport yourself into your next writing project, while helping to raise funds for Queensland Writers Centre's Fellowship & Access Fund.

Longform face-to-face course

Year of the Novel 2023 with Melissa Ashley

When: Sessions begin 12 February 2023
Price: $715 (payment plans available)

Make 2023 your year – get the tools and support you need to complete the first draft of your novel, with Queensland Writers Centre's flagship program for emerging writers.

Only a few places remaining - book now.

Check out our website for bookings and more details. 

Community events

Australian Society of Authors: Representation & Inclusion

When: 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Friday 4 November
Where: online

If you choose to write characters outside of your own personal experience, you will want to ensure they are complex, authentic and resist harmful stereotypes. In this session Dr. Helen Edwards will guide you on what to be aware of when including characters with chronic illness, mental illness and/or who are neurodivergent. 

Ekphrastic Writing Club

When: 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Saturday 5 November
Where: Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Hall

Grab a cup of tea and join us in the Museum for an opportunity to explore the generative art of Ekphrastic writing - a vital craft tool used by poets, fiction writers, dramatists and essayists as a springboard for creative imaginings. 

When: Sunday 13 November
Where: Fick Brewery, Old Toombul Rd, Northgate

Queensland Writers Centre Management Committee member Peter Long will launch his new book Steve Hart: The Last Kelly Standing with a Q&A session and interview with Carolyn Martinez.

Writers SA -
Context Writers Festival

When: 25-27 November
Where: City Library, Adelaide, South Australia

Context Writers Festival is a free, three-day festival for writers to connect and share new conversations about story and film. Presented in partnership by Writers SA and City of Adelaide, and produced by Nelya Valamanesh, the 2022 Context Festival features a diverse range of local and national authors to inspire new conversations, held on Kaurna Yarta (Adelaide).

Right Left Write

Our October genre prompt is Horror and is guest judged by two-time Bram Stoker Award®- and Shirley Jackson Award-winning editor, author, and poet Geneve Flynn. 

Submissions of short fiction (max. 500 words) close 31 October - submit your entry now.

Community news & Member Milestones

Rod Setterlund's book No Mountain Too High: Village Development in Nepal was launched in October and is now available for purchase. QWC members can use the code Nepal5 for a $5 discount.

Kerry Greer's Publishable 2022-shortlisted poetry collection The Sea Chest has been accepted for publication by Recent Works Press. A poem from the manuscript has also been shortlisted in the Newcastle Poetry Prize.

Christine Betts was awarded the Tasmanian Writers' Prize for 2022 with her story How I got this Tattoo. The anthology was launched at the Tamar Valley Writers' Festival in October. The story Tale of Twin Towns will also be published in Tales of the Pandemic, through Victoria's Eastern Regional Libraries.

Flinthart resident Pamela Jeffs' latest collection The Seasonals, illustrated by Caitlyn McPherson, was published in October.

Share your achievements! Submit your Member Milestone using the submissions form.
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for the writing community? Queensland Writers Centre's annual Johnno Award recognises outstanding services to writers and writing in Queensland, and is now calling for nominations from current members.

Nominations close: 25 October (tonight!)

Competitions & opportunities

Queensland Writers Centre -
Adaptable 2022/23
Applications open: 14 November - 17 January 2023

Queensland Writers Centre’s Adaptable: Turning the Page to Screen returns in 2022/23 for a fifth year of forging creative connections between the literary and screen communities. 

Successful applicants to the Program are given the opportunity to pitch published and/or publication-ready novels, short stories, biographies, and non-fiction works with potential for screen adaptation to producers, showrunners, and screenwriters at Gold Coast Film Festival in 2023. Application guidelines are available now.

Giramondo - HEAT magazine submissions

Closes: 30 November

Giramondo Publishing's literary journal HEAT is currently accepting submissions of short fiction, essay, and poetry for publication in 2023. Giramondo Publishing is also accepted unsolicited manuscripts until February 2023.

Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition

Closes: 2 December

Open to submissions of novella length work (8,000-20,000 words) from all Australian high school students. State winners given the opportunity to attend Somerset Storyfest (March 2023), with the national winner announced at the festival.

Australia Council for the Arts - Funds for Literature

Closes: 6 December

New funds for writers, publishers and organisations have been announced by the Australia Council for the Arts, each offering up to $5,000 funding per successful applicant. Individuals or organisations may apply to the Travel Fund to support authors and illustrators to travel to attend events or activities associated with publication and promotion of their work overseas. The Rights Fund supports literary agents, rights managers and publishers to attend international markets such as book fairs to sell rights in Australian works of creative writing.  The Translation Fund supports international and Australian publishers to translate works.

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Pan Macmillan, we have copies to giveaway of Call of Empire by Peter Watt.

It is 1885. After a decade spent fighting for Queen and Country across the globe, Colonel Ian Steele is enjoying the quiet life in the colony of New South Wales, reunited with his friend Conan Curry and watching over his children and numerous business enterprises...

Fill in the entry form for your chance to win.

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Phone: (07) 3842 9922

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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