Write Around Moreton Bay writers seminars

Write Around Moreton Bay is a series of free seminars for writers and those with an interest in writing. Learn valuable skills and writing techniques at these fun informative seminars presented by industry professionals.

The Program

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Start Writing : story structure with Aleesah Darlison

Saturday 25 February, 10.00am - 11.30am, Albany Creek Library

Do you have a great idea for a story but don’t know how to write it? Learn the key components of narrative writing in this informative seminar that will give you the tools you need to get started. Award-winning children’s author and short story writer, Aleesah Darlison, will teach you the basic concepts of story structure and narrative writing. She will lead you through a series of brainstorming exercises to develop ideas for new stories. If time allows, you will be given time to commence writing your own narrative and read a sample of your work out to the group. Handouts provided.

From Character to Plot: creating page-turning fiction novels from the characters up with Louise Cusack

Sunday 21 May, 9.00am - 3.00pm, Redcliffe Library

In this full day, hands-on master class, International award-winning author Louise Cusack will lead fiction novelists through the vital steps of developing strong, believable characterisation and tight plots that test a character’s virtues and highlight their flaws. Bring a draft synopsis of your planned novel as well as rough notes on your characters. Exercises during the day will clarify and strengthen characterisation and help you construct a plot that draws the most emotion and conflict from your characters, while ensuring all subplots mesh together seamlessly to create a cohesive, page-turning novel.

Making Picture Books with Aleesah Darlison

Saturday 3 June, 9.30am - 11.00am, North Lakes Library

Do you want to write for children? Have you written a picture book manuscript you think might be ready to take to the next step? Do you need advice about publishers? Writing picture books is harder than it looks. Children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, provides an introduction to this exciting genre. She demystifies the process and provides insight into how to bring a picture book to publication. Writing exercises will be included. If you have one, bring a work in progress. Handouts provided.

Publishing for Children and Young Adults with Duncan Richardson

Saturday 3 June, 11.30am-1.00pm, North Lakes Library

Have you written a book for children or young adults? Writing for children is divided into formats that go beyond genre and the different publishing requirements can be puzzling and confusing for the beginner. This seminar gives an introduction to industry requirements for books for various age groups, and discusses formats, from magazines and picture books to the education market and Young Adult novels. Learn how to negotiate the market and save yourself time and energy by targeting your work to appropriate publishing outlets.

(In the last 30 minutes of the seminar we will workshop outlines of participants work. If you have a children's or YA book written, or in progress, bring in a one page summary with word count, age group, genre and 50 word synopsis for discussion and feedback on the publishing options for your book)

Dark, Dangerous, Delicious : writing for Young Adults and New Adults with Cheryse Durrant

Saturday 3 June, 2.00pm-3.30pm, North Lakes Library

Want to write for Young Adults and/or New Adults? Publishers are still searching for original, riveting manuscripts to satisfy the explosive growth of the Young and New Adult markets. Journey inside the minds of these smart and savvy readers. Find out what works, what doesn’t, what the expected trends and bestsellers for 2017 and beyond are, and why Dark, Dangerous and Delicious can help you craft a potential bestseller.

About the Presenters

  Louise Cusack

Louise Cusack is an International award winning author whose best-selling fantasy and romance has been published by Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Pan Macmillan. She has presented the Queensland Government’s Queensland Writing Showcase in New York to agents and publishers, attended the South Australian Film Commission’s multi-media think tank Crossover and worked with computer game companies to develop fantasy world building. Louise also mentors writers and has completed over 200 manuscript assessments and tutored more than 100 writing workshops. Her clients have sold to Hachette, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan and Penguin.

 Aleesah Darlison(3)

Aleesah Darlison is a multi-published, award-winning Australian children’s author. She has written over thirty-five books for children including picture books, chapter books and novels/series. Her story themes include courage, love, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, friendship and teamwork. Aleesah has won numerous awards for her writing including the 2015 Environment Award for Children’s Literature (Non-Fiction) and an Australian Society of Authors (ASA) mentorship. Her books include Awesome Animal Stories for Kids, the Netball Gems Series, the Unicorn Riders Series, Ash Rover: Keeper of the Phoenix, Warambi, Puggle’s Problem, Our Class Tiger, Little Good Wolf and Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine.

Cheryse Durrant

Cheryse Durrant traipsed the writing world as a journalist for 15 years before emerging as an author. Her breakout fantasy novel was shortlisted in the Australian Romance Readers Awards (speculative fiction category) while her picture book, used in schools and counselling rooms throughout Queensland, was showcased at a global conference in Prague in 2016. Durrant also runs the Creative Dragons writing school.

Duncan Richardson has published fiction and poetry for children in Australia and overseas, with experience in magazines, educational publishing, chapter books and novels for older readers. He’s written about a bog-man seeking revenge, edible worms and a fire that threatened to destroy Brisbane, not all in the same story but anything is possible. His suspenseful stories have appeared in a novel Jason Chen and the Time Banana, a choose-your-own adventure book Dinomania and in two recent anthologies, Subtropical Suspense and Lighthouses. He is also a part-time teacher, with many years experience of using literature in the classroom. 

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Dates / Times

Various Moreton Bay Region LibrariesFebruary to November, annually- Register now




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