Arana Hills Library will be closed for roof replacement and refurbishment from 6 March - 18 May. Items can still be returned via the after-hours returns chute or at any of our other libraries. The mobile library will also have additional stops at Arana Hills.
Write every day. It's common advice for those with a story to tell. But is writing a book review going to help? Best-selling crime writer Peter James says it can!
"Analysing, reviewing and critiquing books is a skill in its own right, and the best way to hone this particular skill is through practice. It’s worth remembering, of course, that planning your review in advance can be very useful in this regard. List a few key criticisms of the book and build your review around them. This should help you to ensure that your review is clear and concise – because if it isn’t, you’re likely to find that nobody will bother to read it through to the end."
You can share your book reviews on our catalogue or Facebook page. Just search your book on our catalogue and click on the title; you will see the Add a review button at the bottom. Click and type your review. You can even give the book a star rating!
Library Christmas hoursWe wish you a merry Christmas and remind you that we will have reduced opening hours over the holiday season.However you won't miss out! Your library card gives you immediate access to emagazines, digital books and audio books wherever you are.And from 2 December until 24 December, your lending limit has doubled, allowing you to borrow 40 items for 40 days! Drop into your local library and get prepared for the holiday season!
Bribie Island Library, 5 Dec, 6.30pmJoin USC Emeritus Professor Gary Crew as he shares his insights into writing for children and young adults.
He has won the Australian Children's Book of the Year award four times, twice for his novels, twice for his illustrated book. He has also received numerous awards including the National Children's Book Award and the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing. Registration required.
Your library card gives you free access to a wealth of resources on lynda.comLog in and have a look around.
Find workshops and advice on the Queensland Writers Centre website.
The Writers Grapevine is a handy newsletter for writing communities. Email to subscribe.
Writers’ Groups are an opportunity to meet with other aspiring and experienced writers to discuss ideas, share your writing and learn from one another.
We have several groups across our Libraries network, and anyone who is interested in writing is invited to attend. Find a group now.
Find competitions and resources at the Australian Writers' Resource.
Closes 26 January, prize - publishing contractThis is a new annual prize for writers of middle-grade or young adult fiction and non-fiction. Manuscripts of 20,000–100,000 words encouraged from Australian residents of all backgrounds and walks of life.
Closes 19 January, first prize $350 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologiesSubmit your short story of 1500 words that will excite the judges. It must have a link to Australia and be suitable for readers over the age of 16.
Most of Australia's major publishers now accept manuscript submissions all year round, including:
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Did you know? The Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland is planning a Readers and Writers Festival in Moreton Bay in 2021, in conjunction with Moreton Bay Region Libraries. You can contact the fellowship to get involved.