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Introduction To Novel Writing with Emily O'Grady

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Event description

Develop the fundamental tools of writing fiction and get started on your first novel.

In this intensive workshop, learn the foundations of fiction writing and establish the skills necessary to start the first draft of your literary novel. Through a combination of writing exercises, reading analysis, and group discussions, we will demystify the art of novel writing, and equip you with the confidence and momentum to turn your ideas and concepts into compelling narratives.

Learning outcomes

As part of this workshop, you'll learn to:

  • Develop a sustainable writing practice
  • Create complex characters
  • Learn how to utilise structure to create narrative drive
  • Develop an engaging and unique narrative voice
  • Explore paths to publication


This is a hybrid workshop with a focus on writing craft; it will be held in-person at Queensland Writers Centre, State Library of Queensland, and live streamed simultaneously to an online audience via Zoom. As a Level 1 workshop, it is suitable for writers at all levels and writing backgrounds.

About Emily

Emily O'Grady’s debut novel, The Yellow House won the 2018 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2019 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Her second novel, Feast, is forthcoming with Allen & Unwin in 2023. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from QUT.

Queensland Writers Centre membership

Consider becoming a member of Queensland Writers Centre ( $79 / year) to save up to 30% across our Program of workshops, courses and events. Queensland Writers Centre membership includes a host of benefits:

  • Belong to a vibrant community of Queensland writers
  • Discounts of up to 30% across our Program, services, and competitions
  • Subscription to the quarterly WQ magazine
  • Priority access to writing advice from our experienced team
  • Recognition for your writing achievements in our Member Milestones
  • Access to Writer's Consults, the Writer's Surgery program and other members only services
  • Access to member benefits of other state writers' centres in the National Writers Centre Network

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