2018 Girls Write Up – Brisbane

Book Now

GWU Brisbane 2018: ‘The politics and performance of language’ 

How can we make language and art work to change the future?

Friday 11 May 2018
8.30pm to 3.20pm

State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Girls Write Up is for anyone who has felt limited by gender and wants to understand how language can be used to liberate and empower. It is an inclusive event open to all teens.

Over the day, authors,  journalists, activists, artists, poets and other creative thinkers will share the ways they have used their writing to define their identities and shape the world around them. The program of panels and practical workshops explores the relationship between language, gender and power, and the effects of unconscious bias on our sense of self. Girls Write Up gives participants the opportunity to discover their own creative voice, equipping them with the skills and the confidence to use it.

Girls Write Up Brisbane is presented in partnership with the State Library of Queensland

Girls Write Up Brisbane is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


This event will take place in various locations in the State Library of Queensland.

Participants should all arrive at the library no later than 8.30am to attend the welcome session. Please note: the library does not open to the public until 10.00am. On arrival, Girls Write Up participants  will be greeted by staff at the library entrance and should then follow the signage up to Level 2 to gather outside Auditorium 2.

Participants will be escorted to workshop venues over the course of the day by Stella staff.


Each student will have the opportunity to attend one workshop on the day. Workshops are open only to teens.

Who can attend?

Girls Write Up is for all teens. It is for everyone who is interested in learning more about the relationship between language, gender and power, and in developing their own creative voice.

Girls Write Up is feminist, intersectional and inclusive. We encourage young people of all genders, sexualities, and cultural and racial backgrounds to attend. We are committed to ensuring that the Girls Write Up events are accessible and we encourage people with disability to attend – see ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION below.

Whatever your previous level of writing experience and engagement, Girls Write Up is for you if you have ever felt limited by your gender and want to understand how language can be used to liberate and empower.

Teachers and carers can also attend.

Subsidised places

Girls Write Up has limited subsidised places available for anyone who may be experiencing financial hardship. If your financial situation is preventing you from attending Girls Write Up, please contact us to request a subsidised place: schools@thestellaprize.com.au.

Accessibility information

The State Library of Queensland is wheelchair accessible. Please advise us in advance if you require wheelchair access so that we can ensure appropriate setup of the rooms.

All keynotes, panels and workshops can be Auslan interpreted, as required. If you are an Auslan user, please inform us which sessions you will be attending so we can ensure an interpreter will be present.

Please contact us at schools@thestellaprize.com.au to inform us of any other access needs. 


What do I need to bring with me?

Just yourself and your ideas! All attendees will be sent an info pack ahead of the event, with further information about what to expect.

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch will not be provided. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own lunch as options for purchasing lunch nearby are limited.