Events and services for writers

Gold Coast Libraries has supported local writers for many years and provides both supportive workspaces and regular workshops to help you develop your craft and connect with other writers, whatever stage of your writing career you're at. We’re committed to supporting our city’s thriving creative sector and the people who contribute to it.

While our libraries are closed, join us for some great events online! Browse our calendar to find something for you.

Events calendar

Writers' Block workshops

Our Writers' Block program offers free workshops and seminars during the year to help you develop your creative writing skills by:

  • nurturing your skills through expert advice from recognised writers
  • strengthening your techniques through practical exercises
  • building your networks through working alongside other writers
  • helping you to grapple with the business of being a writer.

Next workshop:
Prepare for traditional publishing with Kristina Schulz

Sat 30 May 2020
10.30am to 1.30pm

Learn how to navigate the complex world of publishing so you can submit your manuscript with confidence. 

So, you’ve typed the last word in your manuscript. Well done! But what now? How do you know when your manuscript is ready for publication or submission? How do you pick a publisher or agent to approach? How do you know what to do when you have never done any of this before?

If you have a project you think is ready to be published, or if you plan to traditionally publish your current work-in-progress, this seminar will walk you through the process of getting there. With over 20 years of industry experience working as an editor and publisher in Australia and overseas, Kristina Schulz will offer you professional advice, guidance, and personal stories to help navigate the complex world of publishing.

Request to book a place now. Places are strictly limited so advance booking is essential.

This free event will be live streamed via the Queensland Writers Centre website.

Writing Fridays workspace

We know it can sometimes be hard to focus on your writing. That's why we team up with Queensland Writers Centre to offer Gold Coast writers a free supportive space to focus on your writing, free of distractions, every Friday from 10am to 4pm. While libraries are closed, sessions are online! Find out more.

Meet an author

City Libraries brings some of Australia's best authors to the Gold Coast. Visit Programs for readers to find out more.

Resources for writers

We also have lots of useful resources for writers. Browse our catalogue for useful books and other resources available from our libraries and online. You can also access our workspaces and meeting rooms during library hours across the city. Ask at your library for more details.

Writers mailing list

Join our writers mailing list and we'll send you occasional emails about our upcoming workshops and events for Gold Coast writers.

Just email your name and email address to us and we'll be in touch!

Keep an eye out for the full range of reading and writing programs offered across the city in our events calendar.

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