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Year Of The Novel 2023 with Venero Armanno

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Event description

New class added due to popular demand! 

Make 2023 your year – get the tools and support you need to complete the first draft of your novel, with Queensland Writers Centre's flagship program for emerging writers.

Year of the Novel returns in 2023 so you can follow through with your New Years' resolution to get that book out of your head and onto the page. Attend five full-day workshops throughout the year, each detailing the steps you need to take when writing the first draft of your novel. Hosted by acclaimed Brisbane writer Venero Armanno, in this course you’ll receive practical advice and inspiration so you can maintain your writing pace and finish the year writing 'the end'. Written feedback will also be given on up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress.

Payment plans are available for this course. Please contact Queensland Writers Centre at or call (07) 3842 9922.

Learning Outcomes

You will hone writing skillset and work to draft a full-length novel through practical exercises, group discussions, critique sessions, and homework in the key areas listed below:

  • Develop your personal skills in the craft of narrative writing.
  • Learn techniques to pre-draft and generate ideas.
  • Structure your narrative on a macro and micro level.
  • Craft characters with goals and flaws.
  • Build your novel's world and setting.
  • Find your author voice and writing style.
  • Develop an appreciation for the business of writing and publishing.

Course dates

    • 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sunday 19 March
    • 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sunday 21 May
    • 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sunday 9 July
    • 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sunday 3 September
    • 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sunday 5 November

    Format/other notes

    This is an intensive and collaborative 5-part course with a focus on craft; it will be held in-person at Queensland Writers Centre. It is a level 2 course for dedicated writers. Each session will combine explicit teaching of skills and techniques, interactive discussion and writing exercises, and roundtable workshopping of works in progress.

    About Venero

    Venero Armanno is the author of eleven critically acclaimed novels and two anthologies of stories, most recently including The Crying Forest (2021), Burning Down (2017) and Travel Under Any Star (2016). His other well-known books are Black Mountain (2012), The Dirty Beat (2007) and Candle Life (2006). Further back, Veny’s novel Firehead was shortlisted in the 1999 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for best Australian work of fiction; in 2002 The Volcano won the award with Best Fiction Book of the Year. His work has gone on to be published in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Israel and South Korea.
    Veny studied Scriptwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, and is an associate professor at The University of Queensland.

    Queensland Writers Centre membership

    Consider becoming a member of Queensland Writers Centre (worth $79 / year) to save up to 30% across our Program of workshops, courses and events - including up to $150 savings on your ticket to Year Of The Novel. Queensland Writers Centre membership includes a host of benefits:

    • Belong to a vibrant community of Queensland writing
    • 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

    Find more information on our website or get in touch with the team today.

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