Partnering with the Gold Coast's premier cultural precinct - HOTA (Home of the Arts) sees an annual calendar of events come to fruition.

With activations the 3rd Monday of each month, we offer the Gold Coast community a varied programme events to engage with emerging writers, book lovers and creatives.

January
February
March
April
May
June

January

Monday 21 January | 5.30pm | The Space at HOTA, Home of the Arts

Writers' Workshop facilitated by Jackie French

The Seven Second Secret to Great Writing: how 7 seconds can make a story fascinating, and another 7 seconds can get it published. Creating a story is easy. Every time we describe how we had to wait in the phone queue for three hours because 'your call is important to us' while the kids were yelling for dinner we tell a story. Distilling your stories into words that work on a  page is harder. And the secret is....

Suitable for anyone 14 and upwards.

Click here to book your workshop place - $35 per person

February

Monday 18 February | 5.30pm | The Space at HOTA, Home of the Arts

Writers' Workshop facilitated by Inside Voice

Making your ideas work for you - Make 2019 the year you finish that story and uncover your own unique writing habit through a hands-on workshop event. From character and setting, scheduling and mind-mapping, explore different methods to harness your ideas, burst through writers block, and develop strategies for going the distance.

Click here to book your workshop place - $35 per person

March

Monday 18 March  | 5.30pm | The Space at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

Guest Author Scott Wings

Storyfest will partner with HOTA, the cultural heart of the Gold Coast, to host performances, by members of the Somerset Wordsmith writers and Scott Wings, writer, performance poet extraordinaire, and bard for all seasons. You will be entertained by the powerful and searching poetry of youth, invented and performed by Somerset Wordsmiths, which will be followed by the astounding repertoire of one of Australia’s best known performance poets, Scott Wings. This pre-Storyfest event, will only whet your appetite and having you coming back for more in the following days. 

Click here to book your seat - $20 per person

April

Monday 15 April | 5.30pm | The Basement at HOTA, Home of the Arts

Writers' Workshop facilitated by Inside Voice

Finding the Extraordinary in the Mundane - Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry or memoir, the physical landscape can offer a wealth of inspiration. From character engagement to fantastical spaces, the smallest details can bring a world alive for the reader. Find the extraordinary in the mundane as we explore how to build a solid foundation with history and research, and to expand through the everyday engagement that will help shape your plot and character.

Click here to book your workshop place - $35 per person

May

Monday 20 May | 5.30pm | The Space at HOTA, Home of the Arts

Writers' Workshop facilitated by Inside Voice

Writing from Life - Everybody has a story to tell. Learn how to turn your memories into memoirs and family stories into compelling narrative. From essays to prose, research to interviews, whether you're writing a family history or a memoir, find your unique voice and storytelling techniques to tell a personal story that hooks the reader.

Click here to book your workshop place$35 per person

June

Monday 17 June | 5.30pm | The Space at HOTA, Home of the Arts

Writers' Workshop facilitated by Inside Voice

Editing for Writers - The first draft is never the last, but reviewing your own work with a critical eye can be challenging. Learn how to proof-read, copyedit, and structurally review a text, and develop the self-assessment tools necessary to enhance your craft. Gain the analytical skills needed to take your story from rough draft to submission-ready.

Click here to book your workshop place$35 per person