Young Writers Workshop

Very excited to announce the next young writers workshop for the school holidays.

Ipswich Library, 8th July 10am-3pm.

There’ll be writing activities, games, food and fun! Book quick, limited spots available.

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5 Signs You’re a Method Writer

Method writer is a term adapted from ‘method actor’, performers who research, study and live the lifestyle of their character. A method writer immerses themselves so deeply into their novel that they sometimes lose touch with reality. Do you relate to one or more of the following signs? Then you might be a method writer.

The Method Writer

1. Reading Material

You sort your bookshelves into project groups rather than genre or author. I have a section for The Costume Maker, filled with any relevant reads on gypsies, fairies, Shakespeare, sewing manuals and YA or fantasy writing guides, with another section for Warracknabeal, featuring noir crimes, country living, horse racing, books set in the late 1930s and young boy adventure stories. No one else can find books in your house, because they don’t understand the connection between the maths textbook and the romances. While working on your manuscript, you only read books that relate to your setting, genre or characters. You could be a method writer.method writer tactics

2. Viewing Choices

Your family is sick of watching the same kind of film every movie night. Or worse, watching the same film over and over (unless it’s Casablanca, that never gets old). You can easily spot a method writer by checking out their Netflix list.

3. Holiday Destinations

Your vacation spots are chosen for your setting. If you’re a fantasy writer, you’ll probably go visiting castles, or somewhere with lots of museums if you’re writing a historical novel, or perhaps you drag your partner along on a singles cruise for ‘research’ for your romance story. There’s probably more than one sci-fi method writer who put their name down for a one-way mission to Mars.

4. Strange Trivia

You suddenly become an expert on weird stuff. You’ll bore all those around you with tidbits on the intricate differences between kitchen graters and their purposes, when you’ve never so much as boiled an egg before, all because your main character is a chef. You might freak out the parents of your children’s friends by knowing the most effective torture methods to prolong death. If you’re this kind of method writer, remember to delete your browser history from time to time.

5. Persona Change

Everything about you is different. You now dress like your character (sometimes under the guise of ‘cosplay’), eat all your character’s favourite foods and might even have picked up a mysterious accent. You’ve adopted your character’s catch phrases and mood swings. Do you have a Twitter account and tweet as your character? That’s a die hard method writer.being a method writer

So how about you? Are you a method writer?

Writing Scary Stories Workshop

writing workshop queenslandIf you like writing scary stories, prefer a twist of the macabre, or want to find out how to create and publish horror, come along to the following Gondor Writers’ Centre for an intense, two day workshop.

Writing Scary Stories

Crank up the tension and suspense in your horror writing. Whether you write fun, spooky tales for kids, gothic ghost stories for teens, or gory horror for adults, there are essential elements to every good scary story.

Learn how to plan, plot and create suitably spooky settings, creepy characters and suspenseful situations for a story to rival Lovecraft. You’ll also find out where the best markets are for Writing Scary Storiespublishing your scary stories. Everything you need for writing scary stories in one weekend.

Dates: AUGUST 8th & 9th

To celebrate the new writing centre, this weekend workshop is available at a VERY SPECIAL PRICE!

Usually $160:

JUST $100!

To Book: Call Gondor Writers’ Centre on 07 54 981 332

Or get more information at:

Gondor Writers' CentreGondor Writers’ Centre is located in the lovely hinterland between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast at Kilcoy. Just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane and you’ll be writing in a spectacularly serene setting — perfect for a writers’ group getaway! Why not make it a special treat and book the weekend package. Elaine and Ron, Gondor’s hosts, will take care of all your accommodation booking needs.

The classes will be small and intimate, and you’ll get a lot of direct help from Charmaine when planning and crafting your story.

Here’s what we cover in Writing Spooky Stories:


  • Introductions — What fiction do you write or read? Get to know you classmates
  • What is horror? — The genre and its subgenres
  • Time management — Your writing time — Activity
  • Planning — Where to start. Covers character, setting, conflict, ideas, and identifying readers.
  • Plotting — Activity
  • Story inclusions — Elements of horror
  • Story Structure — Polishing that outline — Activity
  • Opening Hooks — Activity
  • Drafting your story — Activity


  • Your writing — Sharing your outlines or stories for feedback
  • Redrafting — Checking your structure at scene level — Activity
  • Editing — Tips for tightening your story — Activity
  • Elevator Pitch — Promoting your story — Activity
  • Markets — Publishing your stories
  • Support — How to find beta readers, critiques or writing buddies
  • Business of Writing — Activity
  • Q&A