If you are writing a graphic novel, a chapter book or a picture book this workshop is for you.
Gondor Writers’ Centre will be conducting writing workshops starting soon. Guest presenters will be invited to take some of these workshops.

KevThe first of our guest presenters for the year is Kevin Burgemeestre. Kevin is coming to Brisbane to launch his new novel, Kate, and has graciously agreed to conduct a workshop while he is here. Check out the course details below. Don’t know Kevin or his work? Check out his profile here. http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/our-team—illustration-and-cover-art.html

 DATE: March 1st & 2nd

TIME: 10 am to 12 noon – 1pm to 3pm

VENUE: The Memorial Hall Caboolture

Create a story in four panels

A 2 day story workshop in words and pictures

Kevin Burgemeestre


Day 1: Getting it Write: Developing a story idea in parts.

Show some character:
What makes your character an individual? We will workshop their gender, size, characteristics and dress. We will also explore how they speak or what sounds they make.

Exploring a dramatic arc:
After your character is found tension will be essential to a story. What challenge does your character face? We will think about obstacles and what particular trait your character possesses that could help overcome their challenge.

What event or scene would show the reader/viewer how the character is facing or overcoming the challenge you pose. We will investigate how your character is coping. We will think about ploys to surprise your audience and encourage them to be an active part of imagining the tale.


Grey lead pencils, biros and pads, dazzling ideas.

Day 2: Picture That: Illustrating Your Story in four panels

Getting down and dirty with illustration.

Visualise your tale in four illustrations:
Just as though we are making a movie, we’ll develop a story board to demonstrate how images will tell your story and how to use expressions, body language, and gestures to communicate what characters are feeling.

We will ensure each panel reveals new information and demonstrate how to use composition and cropping in a frame to show viewers exactly what you wish to communicate.

It’s Behind You:
We’ll explore how background and setting can support your story.

Materials: Charcoal, fixative, scissors and glue sticks, imagination, & fearlessness.

Bookings are essential. This is a hands-on workshop so places are limited. To avoid disappointment, book early. Cost 2 days for $200. Payment must be made at time of booking.

Phone Elaine on 54 981 332, email elaine@gondorwriterscentre.comor choose the PayPal button on the WORKSHOP LIST page.

Check out the other workshops we will be conducting and send me your email address if you are interested in learning more. www.gondorwriterscentre.com

A review from the UK for Kate

Dinker Bear coverReview by Debbie Cullen

Author of The Dinker Bears series.


Kate by Kevin Burgemeestre

kate coverTwo young lives, Kate and Mal, from two totally different backgrounds, are bought together by one small act. From then on, their lives are inextricably intertwined as the two are forced together because of Mal’s past.

Kate’s life had been tainted with sadness, but was a fairly normal young girl’s life. Mal, on the other hand, had a very traumatic life for one so young and was living on the edge.

When Kate rescues a pathetic looking dog, tied up and injured outside a rough looking property, she meets Mal for the first time when she knocks on his door to ask about the dog and finds him rude, rough and a bit scary. She decides the dog needs care and steals him and takes him to be cared for at the local pound.

Unbeknown to Kate, Mal’s unsavoury past meant he was being watched by some rather nasty characters, and now, she was too.

They meet again when Kate is attacked in the park; Mal comes to her rescue. An unlikely friendship develops and Kate finds herself warmed towards this rough character, but soon his past catches up and Kate is embroiled into a world she didn’t know existed. Before she can gather her thoughts, she’s thrown into fear and confusion as she and Mal, end up running for their lives.

At first, I found this book a little difficult to get into. I found the authors way of writing a little confusing, but once I was able to connect, I enjoyed the read and the story flowed better.

It kept me reading and wanting to know what happens next, especially toward the end when it seemed impossible for them to escape.

It’s fast moving so no time for page skipping.

I’d like to know what happened to their friendship afterwards, how they managed to stay friends and where they’re at now; always a sign of a good book when the characters stay with you once you’ve turned the last page!

I would recommend this book as it covers quite a few spectrums, from loneliness to loyalty and friendship and from regret, failure and anger to achievement, self-worth and encouragement.

An exciting journey from the city to the Australian outback, told in a way that will make you feel you’re there.

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