Readers & writers

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When Emma was 20 years old, she fell from 15,000 feet while skydiving and survived.

Unsurprisingly she was told she would never walk again, after the accident left her with a broken L1, pelvis and a spinal cord injury. Now she is ready to tell her story of how, through what could be considered one of her greatest tragedies, she found her truest self. Join Emma in conversation with Liv Phyland, as she takes us through her journey from the early days in hospital, to learning how to regain the use of her legs, the six-year long court case and now finally being free to make the most of her life. Meet Emma at Broadbeach Library on Wednesday 7 September, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Book your seat. 

Want to meet more authors? 

We host touring authors online and in person throughout the year, from household names to famous faces of the future. Keep an eye on our social media channels and events calendar for more information.

Find your next read

That's what our friendly librarians are for. Contact your local library or email our ask a librarian service and ask us for advice on what might suit your reading interests. We have a huge collection of digital reading material. Our librarians can help you find an ebook or eAudiobook that you can download direct to your device at home.

Our reading websites can also help you search for and discover your next read. See our eLibrary page for help finding new reads similar to those you already enjoy reading, including NoveList Plus, Who Else Writes Like...?, Storygraph and Goodreads.

For more information about our eBooks and eAudiobooks, see our eLibrary page. Never used our digital platforms before? No worries! Our staff can help get you started over the phone or you can follow our setup instructions from our connect with us at home page.

Can’t find the book you are looking for? You can request the purchase of books, large print books and audiobooks not found in our catalogue through Suggest a Purchase.

Readers & Writers eNews

Stay up to date with upcoming writers workshops and events, live author talks, and the latest releases and resources for writers.

Writers

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Writers’ Block LIVESTREAM – Writing Junior Fiction

This informal and interactive workshop with Dave Lowe will leave you with great skills and tips in writing your own junior fiction. Focusing on planning your novel, creating interesting and believable characters and polishing your work on a sentence level, Dave will take you through the ins and outs to give you confidence for your writing projects. So book your seat now for Saturday 13 August, 10.30am to 1.30pm and enjoy a great workshop from an award-winning author.

Writers' Block

Gold Coast Libraries present professional free workshops for local writers. Each month there is a new theme and presenter either in person or livestream. Covering a wide range of topics, including world building, self-publishing, developing characters, poetry, memoirs and more, you are guaranteed to learn something new to improve or start your writing process. Book your seat today, and stay updated by subscribing to our eNewsletter.

2022 workshops

  • Writing Junior Fiction LIVESTREAM – A crash course in writing junior fiction for writers of all levels, with award-winning author Dave Lowe. The focus for this workshop will be hooking the reader, developing interesting characters; voice; dialogue; humour and pacing. Avoiding common pitfalls, the editing process and how to polish your manuscript will also be workshopped. Saturday 13 August, 10.30am to 1.30pm. Book now.
  • Self-editing for Creative Writers – First contact with an editor can point you towards publication. However, some writers expect editors to teach them the basics, but that's just not the editor's role. This course teaches you what you need to know before spending a cent on editors or assessments. Presented by Lauren Elise Daniels. Saturday 3 September, 10am to 12.15pm at Southport Library. Book your seat today.
  • October Online Workshop – Coming soon.
  • Writing Memoir. Memoir is one of the most fascinating genres for readers and writers alike. 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. Presented by Kristina Olsson. Saturday 5 November, 10am to 12.15pm at Nerang Library. Bookings open 1 October.
  • December Online Workshop – Coming soon.

Writing Fridays

Gold Coast Libraries and Queensland Writers Centre have teamed up to offer Gold Coast writers a space to cultivate their habit of writing and connect with other writers in the community. Following the Pomodoro technique, Writing Fridays is a free, volunteer-led program for local writers at all levels. Come along for a great writing space, meet other writers, and find a new tool for guaranteed productivity. Join us at Helensvale Library or Elanora Library from 10am.

If you are looking for short or long courses to do on writing, creative writing and more? Head to LinkedIn Learning via our library website, enter your library card and pin and enjoy access to thousands of courses delivered by professionals, all at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.

Book clubs

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Ben's Book Club

Join Ben Hobson each month as he hosts a popular author and chats about their book. Read the book and bring your questions or sit back and enjoy great conversations from the comfort of your home. Ben's August guest is Frank Chalmers. Conviction is a crime thriller set in Queensland in 1976, where we're transported to a town ruled by fear and a cop who won't be broken. Download and read the book on Libby from 1 August, and then join the chat online Tuesday 23 August starting at 7pm.

Book your seat and download your copy via the Libby App. Keen for more? Find Ben's previous author talks at Gold Coast Libraries YouTube Ben's Book Club playlist.

Library Lovers with Maya Linnell

Maya Linnell author and passionate advocate of romance writing, gardening and cooking, will be hosting a monthly online live event. Featuring a guest author, lifestyle expert, local librarian, and a new topic, this is something you wont want to miss out on. So grab your cuppa and get comfortable for a light-hearted chat about things you love. Participation is welcomed with questions for Maya and her guests. See you on the third Wednesday of the month!

August

Everyone loves a good foodie and this month, Maya and her book clubbers will be joined by author and food blogger, Tori Haschka. She’ll also be joined by voice-over artist Casey Withoos, whose mellow tones you may recognise from rural romance audiobooks, and librarian Ros Colwell from Melton City Libraries in Greater Melbourne. Join us for a great conversation from the comfort of your couch – we’ll provide the entertainment and you can BYO wine and nibbles!

Previous Library Lovers with Maya Linnell can be found here:

Connect with other readers through our Facebook page. We share reading recommendations, new releases and author content.

Open book clubs

Create your own book club and meet at your local library to discuss the books you have read. Ask staff about Book Club Kits to access books for your club.

Set up your own book club

Want to connect with other local readers and form your own book club? We have lots of tips on creating your own book club.

When you've started your book club, you can access our range of book club kits available for loan. Each kit contains 10 copies of a title for the exclusive use of your book club.

If interested in registering to use our book club kits, please complete the Book Club Registration form available at your local library. Once registered, you can book your kits online using your book club's library membership card.

Genre reads

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Find your genre

Discover an author in your favourite genre or try something new altogether. From epic sagas to thriller and suspense we have you covered. Drop into your local library for a bookmark! Each bookmark features 20 authors and a box next to each name so you can check them off as you read. You will also find a QR code for another extensive list of authors in that genre. Or while you are here, click a genre below for great reading recommendations.

Australian rural romance

Lust in the dust. Tales of love and fortune lost and found in rural regions and the great Aussie outback.

Award winning fiction

The finest in fiction. Outstanding authors who have celebrated a literary prize or two.

Cosy mysteries

Often in a small community, these whodunnits are crime without the gore.

Domestic noir

Suburban crime. Drama unfolds in the place most people feel safest – the family home.

Epic sagas

Follow generations of families through drama, love and tumultuous times.

Fresh & flirty

Light-hearted modern romance for the perfect escape. A great beach read.

Historical fiction

Set in historical places and times, these stories relocate you to a world gone by.

Humorous

Laugh out loud, feel good and smile as you follow crazy adventures and fun stories.

Nordic noir

Focused detectives solving crimes in challenging and often freezing settings.

Otherworlds

Magic, fantasy, escapism and the epic hero story. Journey into the impossible yet believable.

Paranormal romance

Love of another kind with steamy shapeshifters and loveable monsters.

Rom-com

Romantic comedies that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside

Sci-Fi

Stranger than fiction stories set in space, parallel universes and beyond.

Swoonworthy romance

Guaranteed to give you heart-eyes and fill you with positive emotions.

Time travel

Travel without a passport. So many worlds, so many endless possibilities.

Thriller & suspense

Edge of your seat suspense with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Uplifting reads

Feel good, life affirming stories that warm the heart and feed the soul.

Urban fantasy

Magic set in the world we know. Supernatural meets reality.

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