Cooking Up A Synopsis with Laurel Cohn

Date(s) - 03/10/2019
10:30 am - 4:30 pm


Event Details

Most writers find writing a synopsis more daunting than producing an 80,000-word manuscript. But if you want your work considered by a publisher, agent, commissioning editor, mentoring program or grants body, there is no way around it. Even if you are planning on self-publishing. Drawing on synopses from published authors this workshop looks at the necessary ingredients of a synopsis, and works through ways to put the ingredients together to cook up a great result.


Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this workshop, you will gain the knowledge and skill set to be able to:

  • Understand the difference between a pitch and a synopsis and the relationship between them
  • Clarify what should and shouldn’t be in a synopsis
  • Shape key ingredients of the synopsis
  • Understand how to put these ingredients together
  • Gain a better understanding of what your work is about


About Laurel Cohn

Laurel Cohn is a book editor passionate about communication and the power of stories. As a developmental editor, she has been helping writers prepare their work for publication since the 1980s. She also works with publishers, businesses and community organisations, and is a popular workshop presenter. Laurel has a PhD in literary and cultural studies and publishes in the academic world.



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 and concession tickets will be confirmed on arrival.

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 livestreamed?

Queensland Writers Centre aims to provide material to its members regardless of where they reside within Queensland by livestreaming 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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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