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'Laurel has taught for Writing NSW for a number of years. Her courses are always popular and receive enthusiastic feedback from participants who note her expertise, clarity, and engaging teaching style. Laurel’s professionalism makes her a pleasure to work with.'

Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Program Officer
Writing NSW

'I thought your workshop was one of the most valuable I have been to so far at the NSW Writer’s Centre. It was well structured and from the perspective of theory and scope there was a high correlation of relevance to where I am in my writers journey.  I particularly appreciate the tools and strategies you provided to allow us to critique our own work and that of others.  Thanks to YOU – I feel empowered to take more focussed steps, look back and see what impression they made rather than furtively tip toeing  around my creative efforts.'
Melody Braithwaite

'I wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your recent workshop on Writing a Synopsis. I have made dozens of attempts at nailing a good synopsis over a long period of time, and while my own efforts usually evolved things a little here and there, your expertise helped me take what is a very tricky document to an entirely new level literally overnight.'
Stephen Greenall

'The friendly, relaxed feel of the workshop with a mix of group and individual writing tasks were fun and thought-provoking.' Carolyn Pickering



Writing and Editing Workshops and Seminars

Laurel Cohn is a popular presenter of workshops and seminars on writing and publishing. Topics include structural editing, synopsis writing, pitching to publishers, story structure, the development phase and revision.

Laurel Cohn is a regular presenter at:
Writing NSW
Byron Writers Festival
Queensland Writers Centre
Writers Victoria
Society of Women Writers (NSW)

She has also presented workshops and seminars for:
Australian Society of Authors; Australian Writers Marketplace; Bellingen Writers' Festival; Coffs Harbour Writers Association; Gold Coast Writers' Festival; Hunter Writers Centre; Singleton Library

If you are interested in inviting Laurel Cohn to your centre, organisation or group, please contact us.



30 Jan: Balancing Backstory
Queensland Writers' Centre (Brisbane)

15 May: Nail Your Story and Your Pitch
Kyogle Writers Festival (Kyogle)

24 July: Understanding Story Structure
Writers Victoria (via Zoom)

2 Aug: Balancing Backstory
Byron Writers Festival (Byron Bay)

14 Aug, 4 Sept, 25 Sept: The Next Draft
Queensland Writers' Centre (Brisbane) SOLD OUT

21 Aug: Balancing Backstory
Writers Victoria (via Zoom)

9 Oct, 30 Oct, 20 Nov: Structural Editing for Writers
Byron Writers Festival (Byron Bay)

24 Oct, 7 Nov, 28 Nov: The Next Draft
Queensland Writers' Centre (Brisbane)

13 Nov: Balancing Backstory
Writing NSW (Sydney)


Feedback from workshop participants

Balancing Backstory, Queensland Writers Centre:

Navigating the Development Phase, Writers Victoria:

Navigating the Development Phase, Queensland Writers Centre:

Understanding Story Structure, Writing NSW:

Structural Editing for Writers, Writers Victoria:

Nail Your Pitch, Writing NSW:

Structural Editing for Writers 3-day course, Byron Writers’ Festival:

Cooking up a Synopsis, Queensland Writers Centre: