When people ask me how to get into writing, I first warn them that it’s a thankless occupation that has very little material reward (yes, that’s right, most writers aren’t wealthy and I’m one of them). But for real writers, it’s an affliction rather than a vocational choice, and becoming published is always the ultimate goal.
So I recommend local people cursed with the affliction of being a writer to head on over to the South Bank, and visit the Queensland Writer’s Centre in the State Library complex, because I would never have been published myself if it hadn’t been for the help these lovely people provide. There’s resources, classes, and full-on novel-writing intensive bootcamps. Cannot recommend enough.
Which brings me to my final appearance for 2012 (and probably the last until ‘Dark Serpent’ is released): I’ll be reading at the Writer’s Centre for their event ‘Whispers’ on Saturday the 15th of December at 3pm at the library cafe. I’ll read an extract from ‘Small Shen’ which will fit nicely with the theme of ‘Feasts and Rituals’. So if you’re interested in what happens at this most awesome place, please wander down and have a listen – there are many finer writers than me who will be reading their work there as well.
More details at the QWC Website.