The Writer's Surgery

The Writer's Surgery: 90-minute consultations

QWC's members-only Writer's Surgeries connect you with professional writers who will help you overcome hurdles and put you on the road to achieving your writing goals.

These sessions are a valuable writing ‘check up’ that focus on you as a writer – rather than just your words. You submit 20 pages of your work (be it a novel, short story collection, non-fiction work or poetry), then engage in a 90-minute conversation with your nominated consulting writer who will provide advice according to your goals.

Your session will address any questions about writing you may have, discuss your ideas and intentions and gain practical advice on technique and industry practice.

Writer's Surgery bundles

Writer's Surgery bundles offer a more affordable way for writers to continue working longer-term on their samples with their consulting writer. A bundle allows you to book three consecutive sessions with the same writer.

Consulting Writers

Consulting writers are available in the following areas:

  • Children’s and picture books
  • Crime
  • General fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Memoir
  • Narrative non-fiction
  • Novellas
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Romance fiction
  • Self-publishing
  • Short fiction
  • Speculative fiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Submission packages
  • YA fiction

Members may meet their consultating writer face-to-face in QWC's offices, via phone or web conference.


Cost (payable at first session): $180/single session or $395/bundle of three sessions

Bookings: Please download this application pack (which includes an interactive PDF that you can fill in directly to the document), complete and return with your sample to

*Please note: The Writer's Surgery is a QWC service. If you are interested in participating in the program, all queries, applications and bookings must be done through QWC only. Please do not contact consulting writers directly.