Using Inspiration as a Tool with Megan Jacobson

Using Inspiration as a Tool with Megan Jacobson

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$55 – $190

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Queensland Writers Centre

State Library of Queensland

Stanley Place

South Brisbane, QLD 4101


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Every story starts with a spark. But how do you find and sustain that spark?

About this event

Inspiration is everywhere, you just need to know how to look. With Megan Jacobson, learn how to view the world through a creative filter, practice techniques to feed your right-brain and encourage abstract thinking, and learn how to develop a writer's mindset.

Participants will be given a set of exercises designed to shift the brain into a flow state, utilising pictures, music and mindful daydreaming. You will be given practical tools to identify story sparks in day to day life, learn how to sustain those sparks through your story's dreaded saggy middle, and how to reignite the flame during writer's block or those times when you feel like you've fallen out of love with your story.

Learning outcomes:

You will improve your writing skill-set through practical exercise and group discussions in the key areas listed below:

  • Diagnostic tools to identify reasons for writers block and why your story spark has faded.
  • Practical techniques to reignite a spark so that it stays with you until the finish line.
  • Learn how to identify a story from a situation or a character – and how to develop an idea into something more.
  • Productivity techniques for writing
  • Learn about 'transient hypofrontality' and how mindful wandering and structured daydreaming can encourage creative flow.
  • Learn techniques to switch your brain into abstract mode, to encourage non-linear thinking, original metaphors and unique voices.
  • How to switch on your 'writers subconscious.'
  • Discover how to tap into the part of your story that pulls at you, and learn creative ways in which you can draw upon that more easily.
  • Techniques of mood-boarding and play-listing – discovering external forms of inspiration.


This is a hybrid workshop with a focus on craft; it will be held in-person at Queensland Writers Centre and live streamed simultaneously to an online audience via Zoom. It is a level 1 course, suitable for writers of all levels.

About Megan:

Megan Jacobson is an award-winning YA author and TV scriptwriter. She grew up in Darwin and the far north coast of NSW but now lives in Sydney where she works in TV news production at the ABC. She has a degree in journalism and has also worked as an in-house script story-liner and script editor for several Australian television dramas.

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