QWC Creative Writing Workshops 2020

In conjunction with the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), the Scenic Rim Regional Council (SRRC) is delighted to be holding a trio of FREE creative writing workshops at the Cultural Centres as follows:

  • Fri 18 Sept, 9.30am-12.30pm: Writing Dialogue That Works with Emily Larkin (Vonda Youngman Communtiy Centre). 

  • Thurs 15 Oct, 9.30am-12.30pm: Writing Memoir with Sarah Klenbort (The Centre Beaudesert). 

  • Tues 10 Nov, 9.30am-12.30pm: Self-publishing Tips with Kylie Chan (Boonah Cultural Centre). 

  • ALL THREE WORKSHOPS ARE FULLY BOOKED. For enquiries email: thecentre@scenicrim.qld.gov.au


Life is about the journey, not the destination! This series of creative writing workshops will provide emerging and established writers' opportunities for lifelong learning and skills development.

These FREE workshops are open to members of the Scenic Rim Writers Groups and residents of Scenic Rim. 

Friday 18 September, 9.30am-12.30pm, Vonda Youngman Community Centre: Writing Dialogue that Works with Emily Larkin

Dialogue is a way to create voice, character, advance story, and hold emotional content. More than just mimicking everyday speech, it contains the spirit of the story. In this Queensland Writers Centre workshop, learn to write dialogue that has purpose, that sounds natural, and that works.

Workshop Tutor:  Emily Larkin is a Queensland author and academic. Her picture book, The Whirlpool (2017) is illustrated by Helene Magisson and published by Wombat Books. Emily holds a Doctorate in Creative Writing, and has worked as a Sessional Tutor at Australian universities such as UQ, QUT, and USC. She has published fiction internationally in journals, and loves running workshops.


Emily Larkin

Thursday 15 October, 9.30am-12.30pm @ The Centre Beaudesert, 82 Brisbane St, Beaudesert: Writing Memoir with Sarah Klenbort

Memoir is one of the most fascinating genres for readers and writers alike. We all have a story to tell, but how do we translate that story into an exciting narrative? This workshop examines the fundamentals of memoir writing, giving you exercises and knowledge to evoke the places, people, and events of your memory in a compelling fashion.

Workshop Tutor: Sarah Klenbort is a prize-winning writer now living in Brisbane after teaching Literature at Western Sydney University and Memoir Writing at Sydney Community College for nine years. She also recently received a grant to teach Memoir at Waverley Library. Her writing has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Overland, Southerly, Island Magazine, The Guardian and various anthologies. She has an MFA from Columbia University and a PhD in Literature from Binghamton University. 


Sarah Klenbort

Tuesday 10 November, 9.30am-12.30pm @ Boonah Cultural Centre, 3 High St, Boonah: Self-Publishing Tips with Kylie Chan

Traditional publishing isn't the only way to distribute your work. Find out the tips and tricks for getting your first book self-published during this seminar. Learn about print and digital options so you can make the best choices for your own self-publishing journey.

Workshop Tutor:  Kylie Chan has been an IT consultant in Australia and Hong Kong. On returning to Australia in 2002, she wrote the bestselling nine-book Dark Heavens series, a fantasy based on Chinese mythology, and has recently released a new science fiction series. She holds a BBus and MBA in IT, and an MPhil in Creative Writing.


Kylie Chan