Queensland Writers Centre (Queensland)
Connection and creativity.
Queensland Writers Centre strives for more Australian writers to have sustainable careers, and to be read and enjoyed throughout the world. In our 22 year history QWC has remained an essential organisation for writers and Australian literature. We encourage connection and creativity through the art and business of writing. We celebrate the importance of books and stories. We help Australian writers to create them and readers to engage with them. Our members are published authors, emerging writers, children’s authors and illustrators, journalists, editors, agents, publishers, poets, storytellers, playwrights, cultural producers, freelancers, teachers, academics and critics. We provide development and support to beginner writers through to established professionals in Australian writing and publishing. QWC passionately supports regional writers and communities. Through a robust network of partnerships with local councils, regional universities and community organisations, QWC has delivered programs to writers in locations as diverse as Blackall, Bowen, Bundaberg, Cairns, Charleville, Charters Towers, Cooktown, Cunnamulla, Emerald, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Longreach, Mackay, Maryborough, Mission Beach, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Roma, Stanthorpe, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville and Warwick. QWC resides in a new, custom-built premises on Level 2 of the State Library of Queensland as a strategic partner of SLQ through the State of Writing initiative. We collaborate with our resident partners Queensland Poetry Festival, Book Links, and the Children’s Book Council of Australia (Qld), as well as arts organisations across the state. QWC is a not-for-profit cultural enterprise with more than 2,200 members, and is the publisher of The Australian Writer’s Marketplace – Australia’s leading resource of the writing and publishing industry. QWC also leads innovation in digital book culture. In 2010, we established if:book Australia, a think-tank to foster engagement by Australian writers, readers and publishers with digital futures.