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Writing Workshop for Kids in Brisbane 14-16 April

Word up: Three day creative writing workshop
14–16 Apr, 9.30am–4pm | SLQ | For ages 15–17
$100 | Apply online

Do you want to extend your creative writing skills?

If so, join 30 like-minded young people over three jam-packed days in a fun, collaborative and relaxed workshop series led by a team of professional writers.

You will receive:

  • Access to professional writers and industry professionals
  • Hands-on experience and resources to develop your skills, confidence and abilities across various transmedia writing platforms
  • Tips on how to make it as a writer
  • A body of work created during the workshop program

So, are you ready for Word up?

To be a part of this workshop series all you have to do is…

  • Be aged 15–17 as at 16 April 2015
  • Be available for the full period of the workshop series from the 14–16 April 2015
  • Be able to travel to and from the workshop each day
  • Applications close 5pm, Monday 16 March 2015.

All applicants (successful and unsuccessful) will be contacted by Monday 23 March 2015.

For more information on how to apply
Contact the Literacy and Young Peoples Service, State Library of Queensland

p: 07 3842 9827

e: lyps@slq.qld.gov.au.


Please note: These workshops are being offered for the first time and are heavily subsidised by State Library of Queensland for affordability and accessibility to as many young people as possible, however If the fee is a genuine barrier to participation please contact the team.

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PlotWriMo – Revise Your Novel in a Month Blog Tour

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStarting or revising a novel is like embarking on a long and treacherous journey. You never know where it’s going to take you or how long before you get there.

Thanks to the PlotWriMo Revise Your Novel in a Month videos, there are now some great guides to help you on your adventure.

The videos have been produced by US Literary Agent, Jill Corcoran and the Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson. They have put together the PlotWriMo program to help authors get their book published and to learn how to revise their own novels to make their manuscripts shine.

There are eight videos in the PlotWriMo series, and I used them to revise two of my novels – a young adult thriller, Submerged and a middle grade survival story called Game On.  You can watch video 1 for free here.

Jill Corcoran

Jill Corcoran

The PlotWriMo videos helped me focus on what was important to and about my character and understanding how their actions drove the story. The videos also helped me identify the most important scenes and how to develop them for maximum impact.

Through the use of Energetic Markers (described fully in the videos), I identified the most important scenes and honed in on them. I identified the lowest point in the story for my character – when their flaw has brought them to their knees – when they have to acknowledge their responsibility for what has happened in the story.

This is an important point in a story that I don’t think I had identified before – it’s the point where the character acknowledges who they are, and that they will need to change in order to achieve their goals.


Martha Alderson

Martha Alderson’s plot planner helped me to identify and develop this vital scene in my stories.


  1. How to revise your story concept and develop your characters
  2. How to approach your revision
  3. Character transformation and goals
  4. Concept and development of the energy in your story
  5. Scenes and themes
  6. Climax
  7. Beginnings and Endings
  8. Manuscript voice
  9. Detailed revision

There are so many more great tips in the videos about things like cause and effect, where to start and end your story, strengthening voice and adding back story, just to name a few.

Here’s How the Video Series Work

Each video includes an in-depth look at the specific elements promised and how to consider these essential story principles as you write, revise, rewrite, sell your story. Writing assignment(s) guide you with step-by-step instruction.

Whether you decide to watch all the videos in a row and then go back and do the exercises or jump right in to the 1st video’s exercise, work at your own pace and take more or less time on the step-by-step exercises. The series are designed to fit into even the busiest of schedules. Sign-in and watch video lectures, complete homework assignments, and ask questions in a public forum on a timetable that fits your needs.

As well as the Novel Writing Videos, Martha and Jill also offer a series of videos for picture book writers and a number of other services to writers. You can find out more by joining their A Path to Publishing Facebook Group.

A Path to Publishing



Comment on this post, and enter Jill and Martha’s competition to win a FREE observation spot in an upcoming OFFICE HOURS workshop (a $45 value).


Find out more about Jill and Martha and how they can help your writing by following their blog tour. Here’s where it’s stopping:

December 1 https://www.facebook.com/nordlinger
December 1 http://writingclassesforkids.com
December 1 http://inkandangst.com/
December 1 taffyscandy.blogspot.com
December 1 Rebeccalacko.wordpress.com
December 2 http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com
December 2 http://1st10pages.com
December 2 http://thestorytellersscroll.blogspot.com
December 2 www.katherine-hajer.com
December 3 http://www.jordanrosenfeld.net
December 3 http://robyn-campbell.blogspot.com/
December 3 http://aditebanerjie.com
December 4 lje1.wordpress.com
December 4 http://writtenbymikey.blogspot.com/
December 4 www.PenInHerHand.com
December 5 www.ChristineSang.com
December 5 Susan P



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