Calling all readers, writers and creatives

Storytellers Festival + Workshops

Calling all readers, writers and creatives

Storytellers Festival + Workshops

Sunshine Coast Libraries is hosting the coast’s biggest combined book launch at Beerwah.

The Sunshine Coast is home to an abundance of exceptional literary talent. Libraries are bringing together writers, readers and creatives to share our love of books and support our local authors. 

The Storytellers Festival 2022 offers the opportunity to meet and mingle with successful local authors, explore their works and listen to their stories, you may even discover your new favourite book! Emerging authors will be inspired to follow their writing and publishing journey as they take part in a series of creative writing, publishing and illustration workshops. Don’t miss this chance to connect and immerse yourself in our passionate writing community. 

Ticketed workshops have now been announced, and tickets can be booked by clicking on the workshop titles below.

To find out more or stay up to date on latest event information, visit this page.

Workshops

Indie Self-Publishing

Own the rights

Take a closer look at the world of independent self-publishing in all its glory with industry professional Alex Fullerton from Author Support Services.  Find out what exactly is involved with embarking on a self-publishing journey.  Learn ways to avoid common mistakes that can lead to time loss and heartache.  Get valuable tips on building a self-publishing action plan to keep you on track for success.

Time: 1.30–2.30pm
Location: Beerwah Meeting Place – Room 2
Price: $15 + booking fees

Traditional Publishing and Distribution

A practical guide

No matter what stage of the manuscript you’re up to, if you are considering taking the traditional publishing route then this is the workshop for you.  Join popular local Author Kim McCosker for a closer look at her recipe for publishing and distribution success. Get useful tips on approaching agents and publishing houses. Learn about the timing and stages of production. Discover benefits of traditional publishing and take a closer look at common pitfalls to avoid.

Time: 1.30–2.30pm
Location: Beerwah Meeting Place – Room 3 & 3A
Price: $15 + booking fees

Maximising Your Books’ Potential

Side-hustles for Authors

You’ve done all the hard work of writing, editing, re-writing, publishing and marketing your book – so now what? How can you stretch your success and get the most return for all your blood, sweat and tears? Join award-winning Author and 2021 Sunshine Coast Business Women of the Year Roxanne McCarty-O’kane for tips on ways to maximise your books potential.  Learn how to leverage your book to create a side-hussle or small business. Discover ways to convert readers into clients. Find out how you could become an authority, influencer or speaker on your topic. Don’t just be a drop in the literary ocean, learn how to ride your wave of success.

Time: 1.45–2.45pm
Location: Events Space — Beerwah Library
Price: $15 + booking fees

Writing Memoirs

More than memories

Discover how to turn a personalised story into a true masterpiece.  Join accomplished local Author, Allison Marlow Paterson, for valuable tips on writing memoirs – and getting published! Hear about effective ways to research and gather facts. Learn how to identify your target audience and tailor your story to suit. Take a closer look at how creative application of fiction elements can be used to help develop characters and settings.  Find your authors’ voice and uncover some hidden gems.

Time: 2.45–3.45pm
Location: Beerwah Meeting Place – Room 2
Price: $15 + booking fees

Crime Writing Essentials

Crack the case

Crime is one of the most widely read fiction genres, but how do authors compel their readers to keep turning the pages?  Join Crime Writer extraordinaire, Dr Lea Scott, and delve deep into the world of psychological thrillers.  Unearth ways to flesh out your storyline.  Learn how to create multi-dimensional characters that your readers will care about.  Get tips on heightening suspense and discover ways to compose a satisfying ending.

Time: 2.45–3.45pm
Location: Beerwah Meeting Place – Room 3 & 3A
Price: $15 + booking fees

The Writers’ Craft

Stand out from the pack

Join Dr Paul Williams, Senior Creative Writing Lecturer at the University of Sunshine Coast, for a practical, hands-on workshop with individual and group exercises that help you write the best you can.  Learn how to write compelling narratives.  Discover ways to make your sentences shine.  Build connection and community through shared story making.

Time: 3–4pm
Location: Events Space — Beerwah Library
Price: $15 + booking fees

Career Illustration

Drawn to success

Ok, so you can draw, but now what?  Join accomplished visual artist and illustrator Heather Gall and picture yourself in the world of a successful illustrator.  Learn how to plan, design, develop and prepare pictures to communicate messages and bring story books to life.  Discover ways to showcase your works and advertise your services in the best places.  Get valuable tips for setting your illustrating career on the right track.

Time: 4.15–5.15pm
Location: Beerwah Meeting Place – Room 2
Price: $15 + booking fees

Demystifying Poetry

Find the poetic in the everyday

Poetry is the art of bringing something new into being; whereas the poem is the vehicle in which that ‘newness’ is observed. Join USC Creative Writing Lecturer Dr Ginna Brock to explore the tools and techniques used by poets to create impactful literature.  Find out how the humble word can be used to capture an audience and raise a myriad of feelings or emotions.  Learn how to hone your craft.  Take your poetry beyond the page.

Time: 4.15–5.15pm
Location: Events Space — Beerwah Library
Price: $15 + booking fees

Writing Children’ Books

Behind the scenes

Join award-winning children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, for an eye-opening and inspirational introduction to writing for children. Find out who the major players are in the children’s publishing industry.  Learn about formats and word lengths for various age groups and genres.  Discover what types of stories publishers are looking for and who to send your work to. This session is perfect for adults wishing to write picture books, chapter books, novels, and series, for children and young adults.

Time: 4.30–5.30pm
Location: Beerwah Meeting Place – Room 3 & 3A
Price: $15 + booking fees

How to get there

Storytellers Festival + Workshops

Library Venues / Beerwah Heart / Kabi Kabi Country

Age/Access

All ages
Venue is wheelchair accessible