SCLA workshop to delve into the dark side of writing

Begin your journey into the thrilling world of crime fiction at the Sunshine Coast Literary Association’s crime writing workshop – Murder and Mayhem, Crime Writing with Pat Noad.

The workshop will be held at the Coolum Community Centre, Jack Morgan Park, on Saturday, 14 April from 9am to 1pm.

SCLA President, Bryan Ward said the workshop was a great way to start aspiring writers on their way to crafting a gripping crime short story, full of mystery and intrigue.

“Crime fiction is an exciting area of writing and is one of the fastest selling genres in the world today,” Bryan said.

“Writing crime fiction isn’t too difficult when you have the appropriate formula, tools and dedication,” Bryan said.

Presenting the workshop is Pat Noad, a founder of Crime Writers Queensland and a successful short story writer and author of the Annie Bryce crime novels. She is also an experienced literary competition judge.

The workshop will cover: plot, setting, the language of crime, character development and how crime differs from other genres. Pat will also explain the qualities judges look for an the ‘dos and don’ts’ of writing for competitions.

The Sunshine Coast Literary Association is a not-for-profit association dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and celebrating literary talent throughout the Sunshine Coast region.

The association offers regular literary workshops, seminars and events, an annual writing competition, and monthly Front Write Up literary performance evenings that provide an opportunity to showcase the talents of its members.

The workshop is $50 for members or $60 for non-members. Morning tea will be provided but you will need to bring a pen, paper and your enthusiasm.

Spaces are limited so be sure to book you spot quickly. Tickets must be pre-purchased by calling 07 5450 2960 during business hours or email

For more information on beginning your journey as a writer or becoming a member of the SCLA, please email or phone 07 5450 2960.

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