The Brisbane Writers Workshop showcases professionals who support writers in literary, corporate & government settings. Our experts seek to:
- Enhance our writing community
- Connect writers with editors, resources & submission calls
- Support & promote local authors
- Provide workshops which explore fresh terrain
If you’d like to contribute as a presenter or a guest speaker, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our director, Lauren Daniels is an editor, author, speaker and trainer. Her poetry, travel writing, essays and articles have been published internationally, commencing with a ‘87 Newport Poetry Contest win in the USA. The manuscript for her novel, Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten, shortlisted with 2016 The Half the World Global Literati Award, placed 4th in the People’s Choice award and was published in 2018. Her work also appears in 2017’s Just Off Message anthology.
Through the ‘90s, she attained her BA in Writing from Fairfield University, worked for Ziff-Davis Publishing in Boston and completed her MFA in Creative Writing with Emerson College. At Emerson, she studied under Andre Dubus III, M.G. Stephens and Sam Cornish. She relocated to Australia in ‘00 and has edited 80+ fiction and non-fiction titles, many of which have attracted awards and recognition.
A freelance editor and senior consulting editor for Interactive Publications, she is an accredited member of IPEd., serves as a panelist and chair for the The Society of Women Writers Queensland and Sandcliffe Writers Festival, has served the Board for the Erica Bell Foundation, and for over a decade, was an IP Picks literary judge. She was a Youth Arts Queensland mentor and taught writing courses at The University of Queensland, TAFE, Tasmanian Writers Centre and Brisbane State High School. She has also taught workshops and given author talks across Brisbane City, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Libraries. She is a member of the US National Writers Union and the Queensland Writers Centre. Contact her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Brockbank completed his BA in Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology in 2012. He assessed manuscripts and compiled readers’ reports for Interactive Publications and has worked as a journalist for The Westender and Brisbane Arts Guide.
During his degree, Joshua shifted his focus from journalism to creative writing. Crime fiction, realism and magical realism are among his favourite genres, with an interest in the links between literary cannon and popular fiction.
Joshua works as a freelance manuscript assessor with a track record in novels and memoir. He contributes his passion for good books and knowledge of journalism, editing and publishing to Brisbane Writers Workshop.
Josh Brockbank, BA Journalism, IPEd.
Geneve Flynn is a freelance editor with a love of speculative fiction. She has edited across the gamut of science fiction, fantasy and horror; both short and long fiction. She is also a horror writer and a fan of B-grade action movies.
She holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Griffith University and uses this knowledge of human nature to help authors craft characters and stories that resonate with their readers. She has studied fiction editing and writing for over ten years with editors and authors such as Leonie Tyle, Kate Cuthbert, Fiona McIntosh and Mike Jones.
She has had her short fiction published internationally, with such publications as Tales to Terrify, and has completed a YA horror novel, Joe Town, exploring what it means to come home. Check out her work in 2017’s Shades of Santa and Behind the Mask, 2018’s Enter the Rebirth anthology, 2019’s Lost Souls Short Stories and the 2020 anthology, Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts, with proceeds donated to victims of the recent Australian bushfires.
Geneve Flynn, Editor, BS GDip Psych, IPEd.
Janet Reid is a Brisbane-based children’s author and teacher who enjoys visiting classrooms, libraries and bookstores for writing workshops and readings.
She has a Diploma of Arts (Writing) from The University of Queensland, loves going to conferences and retreats where she networks with other writers, sharpens her skills, and re-energises her writing. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Queensland Writers Centre, CBCA Qld, and Book Links Qld.
Janet won the IP Picks (Junior Fiction) competition two years in a row, and had her novels, The Ruby Bottle and Granny Rags published. Her early reader, Trouble for Toby, (Wombat Books) was released in 2018 and is listed on the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge and the New South Wales Premiers’ Reading Challenge book lists. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies and at the moment, she is working on a middle-grade historical fiction story set in 1890s Brisbane.
Janet Reid, DIP.Arts, Writing, DIP.T., B.Ed.
Carolyn Martinez is a children’s picture book and adult non-fiction author of six published titles. She is the director of Hawkeye Books, a quality-vetted bookstore and author publicity service for self-published and Indie authors. Carolyn has a MA, Writing, and founded Brisbane Book Authors – a non-profit social networking group for published authors. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, and the Queensland Writers Centre. She also established The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short-Story Writing Competition, and the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Prize.
Her highest selling books are Finding Love Again and Places to Poop. Niche, but close to her heart, is The Umbilical Family – a picture book celebrating diversity; adoption, IVF donation, and surrogacy.
Carolyn is a champion for helping authors prioritise expenses to self-publish and publicise their work. As she says ‘books are low margin; you’ve got to be smart’. Read more: Chasing Publicity for your Book.
Carolyn Martinez, MA Writing
Author, Publisher, Director
Anna Bartlett is an author, editor and manuscript assessor. She has a BFA in Creative Writing Production, and from 2008-2014 worked as the Children’s and Young Adult editor at Interactive Publications. During that time she edited nearly 30 books and served on the IP Picks judging panel.
Anna’s historical novel for 8-12 year olds, A Penny in Time, was published in 2011. Since then she has taken part in school visits and readings both locally and interstate. She has also collaborated on the text of a picture book, Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher, with Swiss author and illustrator Céline Eimann.
In the past Anna has also appeared on editor panels, as well as running workshops on writing children’s and young adult picture books and novels.
Anna Bartlett, BFA Creative Writing Production
YA & Children's Author, Editor
Margie Riley was raised on a farm in rural Wiltshire, UK, and emigrated to Australia a long time ago. She works as an editor, proofreader, beta reader, writer and workshop presenter. Her background in recruitment and the not-for-profit sector gave her invaluable editing experience. She studied editing at The University of Queensland and TAFE and is an Associate Member of IPEd.
Margie’s had short stories published, is working on The Novel, and writes about her extended family and animals. You’ll find her latest story published in 2020’s Stories of Hope: Bushfire Relief Anthology.
Margie belongs to a book club of long-standing, a writers’ group and a writing group. She’s been married for over forty years — they had two sons. She lives in a semi-rural southeast Queensland, where they grow veggies, fruit trees and a few weeds.
Margie Riley, Pro Dev, TAFE & UQ, IPEd.
Editor, Proofreader, Beta Reader, Author
Karina Ames is the Brisbane representative for the Australian and New Zealand Chapter of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Working in the consulting industry, Karina leads proposals from the pursuit process through to project award. She advises on strategic client engagement, bid process management, and writing/interviewing techniques that land new business.
In the past, Karina worked as a private investigator. She held corporate writing roles in both the public and private sectors within Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory. Karina holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Karina is also an emerging Australian Gothic author and has completed her first novel, Immersion, which explores how the Australian landscape reveals our hidden selves. She is now writing her second novel Over the Sea, following one man’s journey to the other side of the world.
Karina Ames, BA
Author, Business Communications Consultant
Evelyn Brennan has read widely on Carl G. Jung’s teachings for 20 years, attended Brisbane’s Jung Society and has facilitated dream groups based on the Jungian model of interpretation for over eight years.
Evelyn presents segments on dreams as explorations of life symbols and allegory in the Seasons and Symbols, Memoir and introductory creative writing workshops. Writers can enrich their writing by distilling their own personal themes through dream interpretation.
A Goondiwindi girl, Evelyn ran a saddlery and sports store in the 60s, owned a fashion boutique in the 70s, has taught piano lessons and trained unemployed youth.
Presenter, Jungian Dream Exploration
Hayley Parsons grew up in England and completed her BA in English Lit from Durham University where she focused on Irish poetry, particularly the work of Seamus Heaney and Patrick Kavanagh, and American fiction. She completed her MPhil in Irish Writing with Trinity College Dublin, specialising in the poetry of Louis MacNeice.
Hayley loves classic literature and poetry, and has a particular interest in how literary tropes can be reused, recycled, and refreshed across the ages.
A self-confessed book hoarder, Hayley writes reviews for her book blog, serves as a creative writing volunteer for the RSPCA, and edits manuscripts for Interactive Publications. She returned to London at the end of 2016 to pursue her editorial career in the UK but still stays in touch and is keen to sharpen her editing skills remotely.
Hayley Parsons, BA MPhil Irish Writing