The director of the Brisbane Writers Workshop, Lauren Daniels is a qualified editor, best-selling author, mentor and trainer of professionals, academics, writers and editors.  She is a Johnno Award nominee [2021], has edited over 100 published titles [listed below] since 2005 and coaches writers across private, academic, government and corporate settings. She has also…

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

…taught 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: 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.

…served as writing mentor for: Queensland Writers Centre‘s Publishable program and GenreCon prize, and for Warwick High School, Rhode Island.

Current Memberships

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

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

Horror Writers Association | 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

Professional Development Training: Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics & Technology, West End, QLD, March 2022.

StokerCon Panelist: Online, recorded Gothic Fiction panel with Wendy Wagner, Sephera Giron Author, Lisa Kroger, and Steve Rasnic Tem online 12-15 May for hybrid event from Denver, CO.

Literary Judge: 2022 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Award, 2021.

Mates4Mates 2022 Online Creative Writing Series for Vets via Zoom, [previous dates: 22 & 29 July | 5 & 12 Nov 2021 | 9 & 16 Dec 2021].

Author Visit: Arethusa College, West End QLD. 2022 date TBD.

AbleCare Ipswich writing workshop for seniors, 2022 date TBD.

Anglicare staff training, 2022 date TBD.

Self-Editing Roundtable with Gene Flynn @ the State Library & Online with the QWC.

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

Hawkeye Publishing Workshop Session via Zoom: Plot, tension, character and self-editing, 8 January 2022.

Johnno Award Nominee, Queensland Writers Centre, December 2021.

Editor & panelist for Lawrey Goodrick’s Cans for Change book launch, Forest Lake Tavern, QLD, 28 October 2021.

Author Visits + Workshop: 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, QLD, 29 October 2021.

Brisbane Writers Convention speaker on character development, Northgate Hall, Northgate QLD, 17 October 2021.

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

Publishable Mentor for QWC: August 2021, women’s fiction.

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

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

South Coast Writers Centre online Short Story Workshop and Feedback & Critique Series, June 2021.

Creating Character @ The QLD 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, and mentor for scavenger hunt prize, junior fiction.

Person & Place @ Carindale Library: 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, QLD, 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.

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 & 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.

NYC Book Launch: 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.

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

Guest Lecturer: 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 Launches + Readings: Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten, Brown Street Community Centre, Newtown, Sydney NSW, 29 July 2018 | 4MBS Studio, Brisbane QLD, 27 May 2018 |  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; 2021.

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

Literary Judge, IP Picks: 2004-2015.



“Spooned by the Dead” creative non-fiction, Out of Time True Paranormal Encounters, Timber Ghost Press, Utah, USA.

“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. Best-seller for two years+.

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]