Pen & Pixel - 29 November 2022

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

In the New Year, Queensland Writers Centre membership prices will be going up.

There is still plenty of time to sign up or renew your membership for up to 5 years at the current rates, and secure all of your membership benefits into the future. 

Your membership fees contribute to a vibrant and sustainable community of writing in Queensland while also protecting the future of the Centre, allowing us to pay writers to be writers, and deliver the very best services to our members.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Queensland Writers Centre.

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Full-day hybrid workshop

Great Characters & Dialogue
with R.W.R. McDonald

When: 10:30am, Friday 17 February

Great characters and dialogue are intertwined - you can’t have one without the other. In this workshop we will be getting to know your characters on a deeper level.

Half-day live stream workshop

Lush Language
with Gretchen Shirm

When: 10:30am, Saturday 25 March

In this workshop, we will discuss the techniques of metaphor, descriptive detail, patterns and rhythms in your prose. How much style is too much? Know when to use lush language, and when to keep things simple.

2-part hybrid course

Picture Book Masterclass
with Zanni Louise

When: Saturday 22 April & Saturday 20 May

In this masterclass, you'll learn all you need to know to write a compelling picture book, including character and plot development and writing techniques. You'll have plenty of time to develop ideas and write, and get feedback on your work to take your story to the next level.

Check out our website for more workshops and courses. 

Community events

Jawun Research Seminar - Culture, Storytelling, and Trauma Recovery in Larissa Behrendt’s After Story

When: 3:00pm, Wednesday 30 November
Where: CQUniversity Cairns Campus, Room 3.06 and online

Seminar presented by Queensland Writers Centre Management Committee member Professor Stephen Torre.

BCC - Poets UpLate: Christmas Edition

When: 6:00pm, Thursday 15 December
Where: Wynnum Library, Florence St, Wynnum

Are you a budding poet, seasoned peddler of prose or an appreciator of the spoken word? If so come along to Poets UpLate for an evening of poetry. Sign up for open microphone to perform your original works.

Writer's Plan with Queensland Writers Centre

When: 10:00am, Saturday 28 January
Where: Wynnum Library

Plan your writers' life for the next 12 months! During this workshop, you'll set writing goals and get assistance on how you can achieve them. You'll walk away with a clear, concise and exciting roadmap for you and your writing for the next year.

GenreCon 2023: High Tea with Natasha Lester & Nalini Singh

When: 11:30am, Sunday 19 February
Where: Queensland Terrace, State Library, South Brisbane

Join us for a decadently delicious high tea in the company of historical romance author Natasha Lester and conference Patron Nalini Singh. There’ll be tea, scones – and possibly some big debate on whether the jam or the cream goes first?

Right Left Write

Our November genre prompt for the Right Left Write flash fiction competition is Memoir. 

Whether you want to tell a life story or craft some fiction on the theme, submissions of short work, max. 500 words, close 5 December (extended deadline!) - submit now

Member Milestones

Donna McKay's first publication, Discover The Light Within, a "journey of discovering and awakening the light within yourself", was released to paperback and ebook in November.

Gold Coast author Kellie M Cox has won first prize in the Gladstone Area Writers Group 2022 short story competition for her entry, Unnecessary Noise.

Brisbane writer Patty Beecham has published her early memoir Growing Up, Rocky — A Rockhampton Childhood. The book was launched by and features a foreword by Rockhampton Deputy Mayor Neil Fisher.

TM Clark has won the Thriller Nashville 2022 Conference's Claymore Award in the Action and Adventure category for her unpublished novel.

Carly-Jay Metcalfe has been named the winner of the 2022 UQP Writing Mentorship. She has also been awarded a two week residential fellowship at the KSP Writers Centre in Perth for 2023.

Jan-Andrew Henderson's latest teen thriller The Armageddon Twins will be published by Black Hart in December.

Share your achievements with our community! Submit your Member Milestone using the submissions form.

Competitions & opportunities

Queensland Writers Centre - Adaptable

Closes: 17 January 2023

Ever dreamt of seeing your writing brought to life on-screen? Queensland Writers Centre's annual screen adaptation program #Adaptable offers writers the opportunity to pitch their work to leading screen production companies, producers and screen industry professionals.

Applications are open nationwide and accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry manuscripts - published, indie-published or unpublished.

Queensland Poetry - QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge

Closes: 5 December

This Challenge invites poets Australia-wide to respond to artworks featured in the Queensland Regional Arts Awards. This challenge offers nine paid publishing opportunities, each worth $250 to the successful poet. 

Museum of Brisbane - Share Your Brissie-ism

Closes: 7 December

Tell Museum of Brisbane your Brissie-ism (a short phrase encapsulating Brisbane) and go in the draw to win a limited edition Brissie-ism t-shirt.

Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) - Open Artist Call Out 2023

Closes: 14 December

EWF opens an annual call-out for writers and storytellers of all kinds to submit an expression of interest in participating in the Festival. EWF select 25% of submissions from the open artist call-out to appear on their nationally-sourced program.

Story Factory - In A Flash Writing Challenge

Closes: 15 December

Respond to prompts and written excerpts from poets and authors including Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Queensland Writers Centre Chair June Perkins, Jazz Money and more. Prompts available - and submissions accepted - in four languages (English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic). A selection of submissions will be published on the Story Factory website.

The Saltbush Review - submissions

Closes: 20 January 2023

Submissions open for the third edition of digital literary journal The Saltbush Review. Seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction (including personal essays and life writing) of up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘Intersections.’

This week's giveaway

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, we have copies to giveaway of the new Miss Phryne Fisher mystery, Murder in Williamstown by Kerry Greenwood.

Accustomed to both murder and dalliance, Australia's favourite detective, the inimitable Miss Fisher, returns in a case that will test her courage and judgement to the full.

Fill in the entry form for your chance to win. Only winners will be notified.




Queensland Writers Centre

Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Contact us:

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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