Queensland Writers Centre

At Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) we love stories. We love the writers who tell them and the readers who give them life. We love the way they help us to understand and connect with those around us as well as gain a greater understanding of ourselves. The Queensland Writers Centre is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports, celebrates and showcases Queensland writers and writing in all its forms. We work with our members and partners to promote a vibrant and diverse writing community across Queensland, offering a comprehensive online and in-person range of services as well as information and advice for anyone interested in writing, whatever your level of experience or ambition.


Samantha Schraag - Customer Service Officer, QWC

Samantha Schraag is a Brisbane-based arts worker, literature student and writer. She previously worked in library services developing literature programs for both young and older readers, and facilitated the Mount Isa City Library Writers Group. She developed the first Mount Isa Writers Festival and is an ABC Open contributor and guest blogger. Samantha is interested in food, fashion and storytelling, and enjoys any anime featuring a cat.

So, you want to be a writer?

Topics to discuss

  • What does being a writer mean?
  • How do you get started? Creative process – how to find what works for you
  • What’s an author platform and do I need one?
  • How to share your work – online/digital, competitions, opportunities, publishing
  • What’s next? Where can I find out more?

Why you should be reading and writing YA.

Topic to discuss

  • What is YA? Who reads it? (psst… everyone!)
  • What does YA matter? What can we learn from YA, as readers and as writers?
  • How to write YA – key themes, genre conventions
  • Resources – recommended reads, organisations (for young and adult writers), networks




PO Box 5025  MAROOCHYDORE  BC  QLD  4558