Welcome to Gondor Writers' Centre
Hello, I’m Elaine Ouston. I’m a published author, editor, writing tutor, and designer at Gondor Writers’ Centre, and school literary festivals organiser and presenter at Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs.
As an editor, I read hundreds of manuscripts every year. Many have a great story to tell but are not written well enough to meet the exacting standards set by popular authors, and expected by publishers and the average reader.
Writing a great story of any kind requires as much technical skill as it does imagination, but these skills can be learned. Like all professions, to be the best at what you do, you have to work at it. Many people can tell a story, but if it doesn’t excite and intrigue the reader on the first page, they won’t read on. These skills are needed whatever you are writing: short story, poems, memoirs, novels, etc. Every professional had to put in the hard yards to learn their vocation. A writer is no different.
It is time to invest in your dream and take the courses you need. Our workshops are very affordable. Go to our workshops page to see what we are offering. There you will find every workshop you will ever need.
2017 PROGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE select this link to check the dates.
The meetings will take the form of a critique group and we will have guest speakers and talks on writing.
Gondor Writers' Critique Group will meet on the last Friday of every month from 4pm.
If the timing of the meeting does not suit and you are keen to join contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may get the numbers to form a second group.
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Writing & Publishing Services:
As well as our popular workshops, we offer a full range of writers’ services to optimize your chance of being published, or to prepare your manuscript for self-publishing.
If you are receiving rejections or are considering self-publishing, have a look at the services we offer.
You will find everything you need, from writing workshops to improve your chances, manuscript appraisals, editing and proofreading, to book cover design, illustration for picture books, and layout of your book for print or eBook.
We can even help with publishing and marketing. Choose the option that suits you best from the menus below and use our contact form, or email or phone us to let us know how we can help.
Browse our services by selecting the links below.
Gondor has moved! Gondor Writers Centre is now located at Landsborough. This move has been prompted by the realisation that the location at Kilcoy was too far for many to get to easily. We are now be just minutes from the Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane, very close to the highway and a railway station.
The facilities are set up better for workshops with a large room downstairs that has been used in the past for a business, a car park and public bathroom facilities.
It is also offered as a venue for other people's workshops, meetings and small celebrations. A beautiful garden area is available for use as well as the main building.
Improve your chances of being published by learning all you can about writing and publishing.
Making your book as good as it can be is cheaper than you think.
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Gondor premises are available for hire for meetings, workshops, book launches and small celebrations. Phone 07 54 399 038 to find out more.
No more bored kids!! A creative child is never bored. Bring your children and teens to these workshops and help them develop their art and writing interest and skills so they are never bored.
See our School Holiday Program page to get details of April's exciting program.
School and Library Literary Festivals
We can also organise a Literary Festival at your school or library. We have conducted festivals in Central Queensland and in North Queensland in the last few years and they have been very well received.
Select the link on the logo above to visit Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs to see what we offer and where we will be next.