The director of the Brisbane Writers Workshop, Lauren Daniels is a qualified editor, author, mentor and trainer of professionals, academics, writers and editors.  She has edited over 100 published titles [listed below] since 2005 and coaches writers across private, academic, government and corporate settings. She has…

…presented on writing topics for GenreConWhistler Writers Festival, Queensland Writers CentreHeroine’s Festival, South Coast Writers Centre, Brisbane Writers Group Convention, and Tasmanian Writers Centre.

…taught creative writing at TAFEThe University of Queensland, Stafford Heights Community Ed., Hillbrook’s Year 10 & 11 Aspire English ProgramBrisbane State High School, and Corinda State High School.

…delivered custom training for government departments: Brisbane City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Council, The Department of State DevelopmentThe Department of Agriculture & Water Resources, Queensland HealthThe Department of Transport & Main Roads, Queensland Nurses Union, and  CITEC.

…and for non-profit and private sectors: Mates4MatesAble AustraliaAnglicareCoota Girls Aboriginal Corporation, Kingfisher Bay ResortFuneral Celebrants of Australia, SHAPE AustraliaStarcom Media, Flight Centre, Humes/HolcimTOD Consulting Engineers of Noosa, and Global Interaction Queensland.

Current Memberships

Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd.)Blue Card Holder: Current | Australian Fairy Tale Society

Australian Society of AuthorsSociety of Women Writers QLD | Fellowship of Australian Writers

Horror Writers Association, Affiliate | Rhode Island Chapter, HWA | Australasian Horror Writers Association

QLD Writing Centre since ’00 | National Writers Union, NY, NY USA since ’92


Certificate IV Workplace Assessment & Training: Axiom College, Milton, QLD: 2003

Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing: Emerson College, Boston, MA USA: 1999

Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing: Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT USA: 1992

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Upcoming Engagements

Mates4Mates Online Creative Writing Series for Vets via Zoom, 22 & 29 July | 5 & 12 Nov 2021 | 9 & 16 Dec 2021.

AbleCare Ipswich writing workshop for seniors, Date TBD.

Literary Judge: 2021 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Award with Hawkeye Publishing, 2021.

Author Visit: Arethusa College, West End. January, February 2022.

Rainforest Writers Retreat, presenting on Short Stories & Magic Realism, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, 3-5 June 2022.

Horticultural Media Association Australia Inc. Pro Tips for Pro Writers, Date TBD.

Previous Engagements

Author Visits: Hillbrook Anglican School Aspire Program, Year 10. July, August & October 2021.

Literary Judge: 2021 Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Prize with Hawkeye Publishing, 2021.

Veterinary Wellness Symposium @ Novotel Twin Waters, 29 October 2021.

Brisbane Writers Convention, Northgate Hall, 71 Scott Street, Northgate, 17 October 2021.

Character Arc Masterclass @ Albany Creek Library, 16 October 2021.

Free Workshops on Character Creation @ Helensvale Library & Sandgate Library with Queensland Writers Centre, 7 Aug & 14 Aug 2021.

FAWQ Panel: Editing Your Story – Techniques and Tricks of the Trade @ USC Petrie, 3.15-4.15pm, 3 July 2021. [Postponed due to COVID lockdown]

Australian Fairy Tale Society Conference: Magic & Music: In Conversation with Juliet Marillier via Zoom, 12 June 2021.

South Coast Writers Centre presents L.E. Daniels on the Short Story Workshop and Feedback & Critique Series, June 2021.

Creating Character @ The State Library with QWC, 22 May 2021.

Literary Judge & Structural Editor: 2021 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Award with Hawkeye Publishing, 2021.

GenreCon 2021: Editorially Savvy with Lauren Elise Daniels & Geneve Flynn, 27 Feb 2021, 1-3pm.

Person & Place @ Carindale Library: FREE creative writing workshop with QWC, 7 Mar 2021, 1.30-3pm.

Lake Macquarie Branch of Australian Writers Zoom: Short Story Clinic, 13 Feb 2021.

Say What You Mean & Mean What You Say. Queensland Business Writers Conference: The Emporium Hotel, Southbank, Queensland, 28 Oct 2020.

American essayist Michael Cohen’s And Other Essays book launch via Zoom, 2020.

Queensland Writers Centre present’s The Flinthart: Live Stream launch of The Flinthart Writers Residency & online course, How to Get a Blackbelt in Writing 2020.

Magic Realism for Rebels with the Queensland Writers Centre: via Live Stream: 19 Sept 2020.

Literary Judge: 2020 Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Prize with Hawkeye Publishing, 2020.

Writing the Short Story with Queensland Writers Centre: via Live Stream: 13 June 2020.

Brisbane Square Library Writers’ Day Camp: Teaching Person & Place Creative Writing to 100 Corinda State High School Students: 50 Year 7 Students; 50 Years 8-9 Students, 17 Feb 2020.

The Hero & Heroine’s Journey @ Brisbane State Library with The Queensland Writers Centre, 25 Jan 2020.

Literary Judge: 2020 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Award with Hawkeye Publishing, 2020.

Literary Judge: 2019 Poetry Awards for Queensland Society of Women Writers at Brisbane City Square Library, Announced Dec 2019.

Shaking the Tree: Using Magic Realism to Tell the Truth @ Whistler Writers Festival, The Fairmont Chateau Hotel, Whistler, British Columbia, CANANDA, 11.30am-1pm, Saturday, 19 Oct 2019.

Whistler Writers Festival’s Literary Cabaret, Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler, British Columbia, CANANDA, 8-10pm, Friday, 18 Oct 2019.

Free Creative Writing Workshop for Aspiring Speculative Fiction Writers @ Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, RI USA, 5.30pm-8pm, Wednesday, 9 Oct 2019.

Literary Judge: 2019 Estelle Pinney Short Story Awards for Queensland Society of Women Writers at Brisbane City Square Library, Announced Oct 2019.

Author Talks, Corinda & Mitchelton Libraries, 23 July 2019.

Free Workshop for Teens: Writing the Hero & Heroine’s Journey, Strathpine Library, 1.30-4.30pm, Wednesday, 10 July 2019.

Free Fiction Writing Workshops, Maroochydore, Nambour, Caloundra,  Beerwah, Maleny & Coolum Libraries, May & June 2019.

Reading: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten at Omega Book Fair, Everton Hills, 16 Mar 2019.

Reading: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten at Nundah Book Group, 27 Feb 2019.

Free Science Fiction & Fantasy Workshop for Teens, Arana Hills Library, 18 Jan 2019.

Guest Lecture: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten at the Steiner School, 20 Reservoir Road, Glendale, NSW on 28 Nov 2018.

Reading: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten at The Reading Room, 340 E 23rd Street, Gramercy, New York City, New York, USA, 6pm on 16 Oct 2018.

Reading: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten at Island Books, Middletown, Rhode Island, USA, 3pm, 13 Oct 2018.

Guest Lecture: Travel Writing at Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, 11 Oct 2018.

Literary Judge: 2018 Estelle Pinney Short Story Awards at Brisbane City Square Library, 11 Sept 2018.

Reading: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten at The Heroine’s Festival with The Neo Perennial Press, Thirroul District Community Centre, Excelsior Hall, 352-358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul, NSW, 8 Sept 2018.

Reading: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten at National Council of Jewish Women of Australia, Chapel Hill, Brisbane, QLD, 20 Aug 2018.

Book Event: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten, Brown Street Community Centre, Newtown, Sydney NSW, 29 July 2018.

Book Launch: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten, 4MBS Studio, Brisbane QLD, 27 May 2018.

Book Launch: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten, Collected Works Bookshop, Melbourne VIC, 5 May 2018.

Book Launch & Reading: Just Off Message IP’s 20th Anniversary Anthology, ‘Maternal Lines’ personal essay, Nov 2017.

Chair, ‘Insights of the Outsider’, Veny Armanno & Melissa Lucashenko: Brisbane Square Library, Sandcliffe Writers Festival, 2017.

Panelist, ‘Write of Passage’, Susan Johnson, Jacqueline Henry & Sheryl Gwyther: Sandcliffe Writers Festival, 2017.

Chair, ‘Celebrating the Alice Award’, M.K. Hume, Kristina Olsson & Shelley Davidow: Brisbane Lord Mayor Event, Brisbane Square Library, 2016.

Brisbane Writers’ Group Convention Speaker: 2016; 2017; 2018.

Literary Judge: 2017 Marj Wilke Writing Competition: Society of Women Writers Queensland, 2017.

Literary Judge, IP Picks: 2004-2015.



“Birnam Wood” New England Gothic short story, Generation-Xed Anthology. Dark Ink, Am Ink Publishing, Western Massachusetts, USA.


Queensland Memory Project. Ed. Aimee Cheung, Queensland Writers Centre. [contributing author, State Library of Queensland].


Winning Short Story Competitions: Essential Tools for the Serious Writer. A short story writing guide authored by competition judges, L. E. Daniels & C. Sawyer. For purchase at Hawkeye Books.

Outer Space, Inner Minds Anthology. [contributing author; IP].

Stories from the Heart: Penning the Pandemic[contributing author, Queensland Writers Centre].

Pendemic Anthology. [contributing author, Queensland Women’s Medical Society].


Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten [novel, magical realism; IP] for purchase at IP’s Bookshop and Amazon.


Just off Message: A 20th Year Anthology [contributing author; IP].


Essays, articles, travel writing, poetry for periodicals including Antic, The Courier-Mail, Ducts, The Newport Review, The Sakonnet Times, Fat City News, Emerson College and Fairfield University literary publications.

Editor for the Following Published Books


In Plain Sight  – Shaun Austin [veteran’s support, personal development; self pub]

The Ghost Train & The Scarlett Moon – Jack Roney [speculative fiction novel; Hawkeye Books]

Niche – Jane Ireland [novel; Shawline]


Relics, Wrecks & Ruins: Futures & Pasts; Fearless & Frightening – Ed. Aiki Flinthart [speculative fiction anthology; CAT Press] [supporting editor]

Beyond Borders: Conversations across Borders – Russell M. Darnley OAM [memoir; self pub]

Unplugged: How to Disconnect from Technology and Reconnect with Each Other – Dr Kristen Hobby [personal dev; self pub]

What is Love? – Gail Shine [women’s fiction; IP]

Magnus Nights – Bryn Smith [speculative fiction novel; Hawkeye Books]

Cans for Change – Lawrey Goodrick [junior fiction; Hawkeye Books]

Original Sinner – Sharita Russell [adult fiction; self pub]

Seven by Seven  – Kendall Carlsson [speculative fiction; self pub]


Welcome to Blackwood – Khaiah Thomson [novel; speculative fiction; Hawkeye]

What Does it Feel Like to be Born: A Memoir of Maternity Activism – Jodie Miller [memoir; social activism; Shawline]

Brothers of the Capucine – Rob McLaren [novel; historical fiction; self-pub]

Content Curator for Online Course: How to Get a Blackbelt in Writing – Aiki Flinthart [QWC]

Emigree – Jane Ireland [novel; Shawline]

We Are OneLorelle Taylor [memoir; self help; self pub]

Healing Naturally: Anti-Inflammory Program – Andrea Richardson [nonfiction; health; self pub]


Sins of the Son – Christian Baines [novel; self pub]

Shaking Trees Abby Eaton Mystery Book 1 – Vicki Stevens [novel; self pub]

One in Six – John Saunders [memoir; child abuse; self pub]

Getting Used to Weird – Lorelle Taylor [spiritual; self pub]

Coming out of the Dark – Leah Bailey [personal development; self pub]


Brothers & Sisters: Coping with Grief & Loss – Barb Snook [self help; IP]

Hidden Courage: My Life as a Female Australian Soldier – Donna Bourke [memoir; InHouse]

Jimmy Longtail: An Australian Epic – Alex Blair [novel; historical fiction; InHouse]


Desert ANZACS: The Under-Told StoryNeil Dearberg [creative nonfiction; military history; IP]

Mermaids & MonstersMeg Green [marine life photography; IP]

A Patchwork of PinkBev Arnold [memoir; breast cancer; Balboa]

The Hills of Mare Imbrium – Carleton Chinner [sci fi; Amazon]

The Sugar DoctorLois Shepheard [creative nonfiction; family history; IP]

Uriel’s Gift – Edward Spellman [memoir; Amazon]

The Frustrated Ambitions of Jack FunnyboneTony De Ionno [novel; InHouse]

Along My Way Harold Hunt OAM [memoir; Indigenous; IP]

Thrum Pete Lans [novel; self pub; 2nd ed. edit]


Seen & Unseen: A Century of Stories from Asia & the PacificRussell Darnley OAM [memoir; historical; IP]

Courage: Walking the Path of Grief after the Loss of a Child – Karen Lang [memoir; InHouse]

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary – Warren Young [HNF; InHouse]

Creatures of Eve (The Eve Continuum) Book I: EmilyStorm JK [novel; self pub]


When the Birds Stop Singing – Margaret Stewart [novel; Amazon]

The Copyart MurdersGeoffrey Gates [novel; IP]

Cassowary Hill – David de Vaux [novel; IP]


A Place to ReadMichael Cohen [essay collection; IP]

Killing Adonis – J.M. Donellan [novel, Pantera]

KafiristanRoss Howard [novel; IP]

Enzam & the Just PrinceErica Bell [historical fiction; novel; Amazon]

Compulsion to Kill: The Surprising Story of Australia’s Earliest Serial Killers – Robert Cox [historical creative nonfiction; IP]

Black Macintosh to Gold – Lois Shepheard [creative nonfiction; migrant/family history; IP]


Art from Adversity: Life with Bipolar – Anne Therese Naylor [memoir; psychology; IP]

The Beast Without – Christian Baines [spec fic novel; IP]

Sawdust – Deborah Kay, Barry Levy [memoir; child abuse; IP]

You Only Want Me for My Mind & Other Bedtime Stories – John Rynn, John Corrigan [memoir; disability; IP]

Ashes to Ashes – John Biggs [novel; IP]

Yellowcake Summer – Guy Salvidge [dystopian fic novel; IP]

Shadows in Paradise – Carolann Dowding [memoir; IP]

Sexual Abuse Survivor’s Handbook – John Saunders [nonfiction; child abuse; IP]


It’s a Jungle – Dr Brenda Heyworth [nonfiction; child psych; self pub]

The Rag Boiler’s Daughter – Lois Shepheard [historical creative nonfiction; migrant/family; IP]

Shadow Patterns – Daphne Tuttle [novel; thriller; IP]

The Terrorist – Barry Levy [novel; IP]

Frenchmans Cap: Story of a Mountain – Simon Kleinig [historical creative nonfiction; IP]

Blood – Peter Kay [novel; IP]

The Ruby Bottle – Janet Reid [young adult novel; IP]

Paradise Rediscovered: The Roots of Civilisation, Vol. I and II – Michael Cahill [historical nonfiction; IP]


The Road to Goonong – David Cox [picture book; Allen & Unwin] [as mentor]

Profiling Leadership Discipline – Ian Corner [nonfiction business; IP]

Shades of Exodus – Barry Levy [novel; IP]

Yellowcake Springs – Guy Salvidge [dystopian fic novel; IP]

Stop Not Until the Goal is Reached – Greg Bourke [creative nonfiction; biography; city planning; self pub]

A Penny in Time – Anna Bartlett [young adult novel; IP]

Big River Little Fish – Belinda Jeffery [novel; UQP]


Enter the Queen – Marquise de Sade [novel; erotica; IP]

Memento Mori – Dr Daniel King [short story collection; IP]

The Importance of Being Cool – Olwyn Conrau [memoir; IP]

Harry Potter Power – Dr JA Sykley [nonfiction; psychology, YA; IP]

The Cane Basket – Lita Russell [novel; self pub]


A Beginner’s Guide to Dying in India – Josh Donellan [novel; IP]

Brown Skin Blue – Belinda Jeffrey [novel; UQP]

Sacrifice – Lisa Saul [novel; fantasy; IP]

Wobbles: An Olympic Story – Nadine Neumann [memoir; Olympics; IP]

Hitching Oz – T & S Sykes [creative nonfiction; travel essay collection; IP]

The Australian Dream and $1 Properties – Peter Huang [nonfiction; IP]

Willow Farrington Bites Back – Rebecca Bloomer [young adult novel; IP]


As If! – Barry Levy [novel; youth homelessness; IP]

The Umbilical Word – Darren Groth [novel; IP]

The Voyage of the Schuckenoor – Dr Erica Bell [novel; historical fiction; IP]

Over My Dead Body – Jim Briggenshaw [novel; historical fiction; IP]

Bloodline Alliance – Lisa Saul [novel; fantasy; IP]

Put the Billy On – Ann Jones [historical; memoir; IP]

Blood & Guts – Gloria Burley [memoir; healthcare; IP]

Primary Instinct – David Reiter [novel; IP]

Jason Chen and the Time Banana – Duncan Richardson [junior fiction; IP]


The Buggerum Intrigue – Paul Sterling [novel; IP]

Easter at Tobruk – Michael O’Sullivan [novel; IP]

Backburning – Slyvia Petter [short story collection; IP]

A Few Drops Short of a Pint – Chris Dowding [creative nonfiction; travel memoir; IP]

Ivan: from Adriatic to Pacific – Coral Petkovich [nonfiction; bio; migrant/family; IP]

The Biggest Ever Mining Swindle in the Colonies – John Peach [historical nonfiction; IP]


House of Given – Bill Collopy [novel; IP]

Terania Creek: The Rainforest Wars – Dr Nigel Turvey [creative nonfiction; historical; environmental; IP]


No Middle Name – Tilly Brasch [memoir; mental health; IP]

A Ticket to Perpetual Locomotion – Geoffrey Gates [novel; IP]

Secret Writing – Michael O’Sullivan [novel; IP]

The Dispossessed – Andrew Landsdown [short story collection; IP]