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Upcoming Events:

Special dates to mark in your diary for 2024 are:

  • Friday 7 June – Romancing the Stars – The Lighthouse Toowoomba
  • Saturday 8 June – Workshop with Suzanne Leal – Writing Historical Fiction, Brisbane Square Library 2.00 – 3.30pm.


Book Links meetings are held online via ZOOM, generally the Monday evening before the monthly Write Links meetings.
Email the for dates if you are interested in getting involved.

Write Links meetings are generally held on the first Saturday of the month at the State Library of Qld and online. Venues can vary.

The general structure is generally:
● 1:00 pm – Networking
● 2:00 pm – Topic of interest or professional development
● 3.00-5.00 – Critique groups

Workshop meetings are also scattered throughout the year and on those days sessions can begin earlier.
Sometime there is a fee to attend to cover presenter fees.


The next Book Links meeting will be via ZOOM on Monday 27 May from 6pm followed by Monday 1 July.

If you wish to join in please email for a link.

The next Write Links meeting will be Saturday 29 June from 1pm.

The June Write Links meeting will be held at the end of May, not June, at State Library of Qld in The Qld Writers Centre on Saturday 29 June 2024. This will be a hybrid meeting so at the point of booking select ‘in person meeting’ or ‘zoom session’. If you book for in person then find you can’t come, you can still join via ZOOM with the link sent in the confirmation email.

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● 1:00 pm Write Links networking

● 2:00 pm Topic: Book Reviews

● 3.00-5.00 Critiquing


Speed date 14 Author and Illustrator Stars
Buy the latest books from Dymocks pop-up bookshop
Enjoy great food and drinks.
Enter the raffle and win books in the quiz competition.

PD Certificates available on request.

Special Features:
The event will be held in The Write Gallery surrounded by an exhibition of illustration by Lucia Masciullo featuring the book Eat My Dust. Be the first to see it.
(The exhibition will then open 8 June and will be available until 30 June.)

Suzanne Leal from Victoria will be in Toowoomba that week and has agreed to stay on to be a special guest at this event.

Date: Friday 7 June

Time: 6:00pm – 9:15 pm.

Cost: $35 general admission, $25 Book Links members
(Have your 2024 membership discount code ready to apply at the end of the booking process)

Bookings close NOON Tuesday 4 June

Discover the books our local authors and illustrators have been creating for children and young adults.
Each creator will give a short introduction to their latest publication in a small intimate circle, before rotating on to the next group.
You have a chance to get inside information about the creation of the books and make contact with potential presenters for your school or library.


  • Picture Books Authors/Illustrators: Clare McFadden, Blithe Fielden, Irena Kobald, Kristen Willis, Lucia Masciullo, Rory Mather, Samantha Lloyd
  • Authors Younger Readers, YA, A: Annaleise Byrd, Charlotte Barkla, Jane Smith, Nathan Taylor, Nette Hilton, Suzanne Leal, Tylissa Elisara

Find out more about these STARS!

The Write Gallery, The Lighthouse Toowoomba, 126 Margaret Street, Toowoomba QLD 4051


Stepping back in time: writing historical fiction

Stepping back in time: writing historical fiction – For the reader, historical fiction is a magical portal into times past. For the author, it’s that thrilling – and sometimes tricky – mix of imagination and fact. In this workshop, prize-winning author Suzanne Leal will work with you to bring your fictional world to life through character and plot, while encouraging you to wear your research lightly.

Saturday 8 June at Brisbane Square Library,

2:00 – 3:30pm.

$15 for Book Links members. General admission $25. Member booking code should be applied at point of sale on the last screen.


SUZANNE LEAL is the author of novels The Watchful WifeThe Teacher’s Secret and The Deceptions, winner of the Nib People’s Choice Prize. Her debut novel for junior readers, Running with Ivan, is included on the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2024 Notables List for Younger Readers and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards and the ARA Historical Novel Prize. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is an experienced facilitator at community, corporate and literary events. She is the founder of Thursday Book Club, a relaxed book club connecting readers online.





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