The Next Draft with Laurel Cohn (October - November)

The Next Draft with Laurel Cohn (October - November)
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From Sun 24 October 2021 to Sun 28 November 2021
From Sunday 24 October 2021 to Sunday 28 November 2021
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM


with Laurel Cohn

An intensive two-month course that will help you survive the next draft of your work-in-progress.

Over three full-day workshops across two months, join established editor, Laurel Cohn, as she guides you through a structural edit of your work-in-progress. Laurel takes participants through her four-step approach to structural editing, providing strategies and tools to facilitate the process, and exploring the challenging inner terrain that underlies critical engagement with your own work.

The course is designed with time between sessions to practice the concepts covered. Committing to the process will reward you with deeper insight into your manuscript and clarity about how to approach the next draft. Each participant will have a one-on-one session with Laurel throughout the course.

Upon purchase of your ticket, you are encouraged to complete the survey here. Your answers will assist Laurel in catering to your needs and assure you get the most of out the course.

Learning Outcomes:

You will hone writing and editing skillset through practical exercises, group discussions, critique sessions, and homework in the key areas listed below:

  • An understanding of what structural editing entails.
  • Specific tools for writers to undertake a structural edit of their own work following a step-by-step approach
  • Familiarisation with synopsis writing as a development tool.
  • Strategies for chapter and scene outlines.
  • An appreciation of the emotional ups and downs of manuscript development.

Dates / Times: 

10.30am - 4.30pm, Sunday 24 October 2021

10.30am - 4.30pm, Sunday 7 November 2021

10.30am - 4.30pm, Sunday 28 November 2021


This is a 3-part course with a focus on craft and sustainability. It is a level 2 course, suitable for intermediate writers and above who have compelted at least one draft of their work-in-progress.

More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

About Laurel:

Laurel Cohn is a book editor passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives. As a developmental editor and writing coach she has been helping writers prepare their work for publication for over three decades, and is a popular workshop presenter. Laurel has a PhD in literary and cultural studies.

Conditions of Entry

State Library of Queensland are open in line with the Queensland Governments Roadmap to easing restrictions. The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority.

1. You will not be able to enter State Library if:

  • You currently have COVID-19.
  • You have been told to quarantine.
  • You are unwell or are displaying COVID-19 or cold/flu symptoms, no matter how mild.
  • You have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • You have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days.
  • You have returned from a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.

2. Use the hand sanitiser provided before you enter.

3. Your details will be requested via our booking systems, and this information may be forwarded to Queensland Health if necessary for COVID-19 contact tracing procedures.

4. You must leave the building following your booking to allow for spaces to be sanitised in between sessions.

5. Keep 1.5 metres away from others at all times.

6. Only EFTPOS transactions are available at this time (no cash accepted).

The conditions may be subject to change.

We respect your privacy. Personal information we collect is used only for our internal activities and functions (Libraries Act 1988 (Qld)) and will not be disclosed unless required by law. For more information, please read State Library's privacy statement.

For further information on accessing the State Library of Queensland, visit their website here.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Unless otherwise stated, Queensland Writers Centre workshops and events are suitable for participants aged 16 years and over. If you are under 18 years of age, please check with us for suitability before purchasing a ticket. 

Membership will be confirmed on arrival, in the event it isn't current, membership will need to be arranged.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Information on getting to the State Library of Queensland can be found here.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring either pen and paper or a laptop along with you to write with. If you do bring a laptop, please remember to bring a power adaptor if necessary. 

Will this event be live streamed?

Queensland Writers Centre aims to provide material to its membership regardless of where they reside within Queensland by live streaming some events. Attendees may be broadcast periodically throughout the event as recording takes place. If you wish not to be filmed, let staff know prior to the event.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 or email us at

What's the refund policy?

If Queensland Writers Centre cancels an event, we will try to reschedule it for a later date. If we cannot reschedule the event, or if you are unable to attend on the amended date, your payment will be refunded in full.Except in special circumstances, if you cancel a booking for, or are unable to attend an event, workshop, seminar, or course, Queensland Writers Centre cannot provide a refund. You can contact us to discuss your situation on 07 3842 9922 or email us at

Terms and Conditions

All information is correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised program information (including course content and tutors), but if this occurs, we will try to provide as much notice as possible.We expect that all participants will behave respectfully and professionally towards their tutor and fellow students. We reserve the right to remove anyone who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, we will not offer a refund.We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.

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