Young Writers Conference 2018

Young Writers Conference 2018

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A day of industry seminars and hands-on writing workshops for young writers, led by young authors and publishing professionals.

If you’re aged 15 to 25 and interested in the art of writing and the how-to of getting published in Australia, the Young Writers Conference will excite, inform and inspire you.

With sessions designed to expand your knowledge, accelerate your craft, and provide advice and support for getting ahead in the business of writing, this is your opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s finest young creators in an inclusive and interactive environment.

Last year's conference sold out well in advance, so book your place now!


Registration and welcome
Auditorium 2, level 2 | 10am

Panel: The story so far
Auditorium 2, level 2 | 10.30am
Young Queensland writers share their journey from starting out to getting a book published.
Featuring Claire Christian, Sam George Allen, Emily O'Grady and Nicholas Lochel.

Choice of a panel or a workshop

Panel: Non-fiction, freelancing and working with editors
Auditorium 2, level 2 | 11.30am
Professional editors and non-fiction writers will share insights into working with editors and the business of writing and selling your articles, essays, memoirs and columns.
Featuring Sam George Allen, David Burton, Yen-Rong Wong and Grace Lucas-Pennington.

Workshop 1: World building with Nicholas Lochel, author of the Zakora series
Meeting Room 1B, level 1 | 11.30am

Workshop 2: Character with Claire Christian, author of Beautiful Mess
Queensland Writers Centre, level 2 | 11.30am

Workshop 3: Plotting your novel with Emily O’Grady, author of The Yellow House
Heritage Collections Learning Room, level 4 | 11.30am

Lunch and book signings
Queensland Terrace, level 2 | 1pm

Choice of seminar

Seminar 1: How the publishing industry works
Auditorium 2, level 2 | 1.45pm
David Burton will peel back the curtain on the Australian publishing industry. Learn what it takes to take your draft to a published book on the shelf in your favourite bookstore.

Seminar 2:  The craft of creative writing
Heritage Collections Learning Room, level 4 | 1.45pm
Go back to basics with Laura Elvery and refresh your love of the literary arts. Discover the elements of all good writing and learn how to apply these to your stories.

Panel: Next steps
Auditorium 2, level 2 | 3pm
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re ready to submit your work for publication, planning your pathway is an important step in reaching your goals. Learn how to put your best foot forward when it comes to networking, forming a writers’ group, seeking feedback or dealing with rejection.
Featuring Laura Elvery, Shastra Deo and Queensland Writers Centre.

Young Writers Award ceremony
Queensland Terrace, level 2 | 4pm
Join us for afternoon tea as we announce the winners of the 2018 State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award.
Featuring readings from past winners including Tee Indawongse and Shastra Deo.

Sun 22 Jul 2018, 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2
$32, includes full conference program, lunch and afternoon tea
More information:

Reading and Writing | 07 3840 7415

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