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Reading To Write with Laurel Cohn

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A guided critical reading group for writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Reading the work of others in a focussed, critical way enriches your understanding of the craft of writing and helps you develop a range of technical skills and aesthetic ideas that support the expression of your own voice. Each session of Reading To Write will focus on a different story element and readings pertaining to that element will be sent prior to the session. The readings will be drawn from a range of genres to emphasise the value of reading widely.

For writers of fiction (including middle-grade and YA) and narrative non-fiction (such as travel, memoir, biography, history), this 3-part series is relevant to writers at all levels, beginners through to established.


Session topics

Beginnings: how do opening sentences, paragraphs and pages set up a story for the reader and kickstart the reading experience?

Voice & style: what constitutes a writer’s voice and how is this impacted by different stylistic choices?

Scene & summary: how does balancing scene with summary impact reader’s understanding and engagement with the story?



  • Beginnings - 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Thursday 21 September
  • Voice & style - 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Thursday 26 October
  • Scene & summary - 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Thursday 23 November

All times Brisbane time (AEST). Session dates are available to book individually or with a Season Pass for all three sessions.



This is a 3-part course series with a focus on critical reading and writing craft; sessions will be held online via Zoom. It is a level 1 course, suitable for all writers, beginner, emerging and established.


About Laurel

Laurel Cohn is a book editor passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives. As a developmental editor and writing coach she has been helping writers prepare their work for publication for over three decades, and is a popular workshop presenter. Laurel has a PhD in literary and cultural studies. 


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