Edwina offers a variety of services from mentoring and expert editing of your creative writing, to facilitating unique creative writing workshops and retreats that combine yoga and writing.


See also RELAX and WRITE RETREATS website for more information on retreats.

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To be kept up to date on forthcoming retreats and receive regular writing tips and publishing opportunities, drop me a line through my CONTACT FORM and I’ll add you to my email list – don’t worry I won’t clog your inbox.

Alternatively You can contact Edwina at

Here’s a testimonial about my editing service  from Azra Algaic, author of Not Like My Mother 

“Edwina Shaw is the kind of editor you hope to find: caring and nurturing, but also frank and bold. She challenges you on structure and logic, helping you to create a tighter, cleaner plot, while also honing in on those grammatical oversights and inevitable typos. Her technical and craft knowledge result in an holistic and detailed assessment of your manuscript that leaves you inspired to tackle that dreaded rewrite.”

Edwina Shaw

Edwina Shaw

Edwina Shaw offers innovative, interactive creative writing workshops for children, teenagers and adults. Her unique combination of movement and creative writing creates an atmosphere where creativity blossoms and students thrive.

Edwina is a registered teacher with over twenty years teaching experience for a wide variety of purposes ranging from special schools, to juvenile justice centres, English courses for migrants and refugees, child care centres, the Queensland Writers’ Centre and universities. She once had her own language school in Cambodia. Since 2005, she has been teaching creative writing at the University of Queensland. For the past fifteen years she’s also been teaching yoga, most recently to the performance dance students at the QLD University of Technology.

It is this unique combination of the physical and the intellect that makes her writing workshops so much fun, incorporating simple yoga, drama and dance techniques to help bring writing alive.

Edwina holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of QLD (2005) and has been writing and publishing fiction and memoir for over thirteen years. In 2012, her book, Thrill Seekers (Ransom Publishing UK), a hard-hitting look at teenage life on the wrong side of the tracks, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for New Writing. She has also had several stories published in Australian and International literary journals, including the 2014 Best Australian Stories collection (Black Inc.).

Edwina’s school sessions balance all three strands of the National English Curriculum: Language, Literature and Literacy. Her workshops are particularly effective for students struggling with literacy issues.

WORKSHOPS INCLUDE (Can be tailored or created for your purposes)

For Adults and Teens

Writing the Body — a combination of movement and writing activities to bring your writing to life — using more than the five senses!

Page Turners — how to build suspense in your stories through structure and secret keeping

Talking Heads — writing dialogue that sings — this workshop incorporates role-play activities

Short Stories — The Basics — learn the essential elements of successful short story writing from an award winner

Writing from Life — how to turn moments of your own life into stories readers can’t put down

Drug and Alcohol Awareness — using stories from Thrill Seekers to illustrate discussion points, and to educate and facilitate honest and open communication about drug and alcohol use and how to mitigate the dangers.

For Children

Writing Stories is FUN — an interactive, drama and movement based workshop to get reluctant learners engaged with writing. Years 3 -7

What your Nose Knows  What stories would your feet tell? What about your tummy? A movement and writing mix that gets everyone writing stories they didn’t even know they had inside them. Years 3-7

Story People — Creating characters. Who are your favourite story people? Why do you love them? How are characters different from people in real life? Using movement, visual stimuli and role playing activities, students will create unique characters to write about. Years 5-7

For Grief and Loss

Gentle workshops combining soothing yoga techniques, writing and other creative arts to help those mourning move through the pain of loss

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    • Hi, Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m based in Queensland Australia but do love to travel! I’m in Scotland at the moment. Love Barcelona and would be happy to visit there again one day. Happy travels! Ed x

    • Hi Alison 🙂 So glad you found it useful. If you scroll down to the bottom of the last post there is a place to put in your email address to be kept up to date. Next retreat is coming up at the end of April 26 – 28 in Toowoomba for only two nights. I always do a session on the nitty gritty like this on camp. Hope you get to come one of these days! Ed xx

  2. Bjelke Blues

    I have only had one direct dealing with Joh Bjelke-Petersen even though he once named me in parliament for sitting on railway tracks with 25 others to stop a uranium train leave Hamilton No 4 Wharf in Brisbane.

    In August 1980 I was arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous drug.

    This drug was planted on me by Det. Conrad Martens directly after a Special Branch Officer, Det. John Joyce, searched my bedroom in Eyre Street South Townsville. Det Joyce confiscated some political pamphlets and a book called “The Communist Movement: From Comintern to Cominform” by Fernando Claudin.

    In the ensuing trial I subpoenaed my Special Branch files which were duly brought before the court in a large suitcase and a box.

    Along with the suitcase was a barrister instructed by the Crown Law office who produced an affidavit signed by Joh Bjelke-Petersen requesting that the court be denied access to the files. The Magistrate duly agreed and allowed the Barrister return to Brisbane with my special branch files unopened.

    So I argued that the drugs must have been planted on me because my room had been so thoroughly searched by the special branch officer prior to Det Martens entry.

    The magistrate agreed and acquitted me with no case to answer.

    The Special Branch never returned my “The Communist Movement: From Comintern to Cominform” by Fernando Claudin.

    I was arrested again soon after and accused of wilful damage to the Townsville courthouse. I was verballed by police. I fought against that charge for three years. I spent two weeks in Stuart Creek Prison where I was beaten up, threatened to be shot and put in solitary confinement for refusing to eat when ordered by the Prison Superintendent. After two trials each with ‘hung’ juries, the crown finally gave up prosecuting me, on that charge, at least.

    Ian Curr
    27 June 2019

  3. Congratulations on your pub Bjelke Blues, I look forward to seeing it in my local library. Forty and a half years ago in the midst of the Joh’s rasputin-like entrancing of our state I I published and edited a slim volume Death on the Dole, Australian Poems, Songs and Stories. A collective including Tony Kniepp and Charlie Scondrett and Don Little and Kaye … printed 5,000 copies. Contributors included Dorothy Hewett, Val Vallis, Tom Shapcott, Jacquie McKimmie, Patrick Cook, Gary Floyd, James Griffin, Paul Brosgarth, Phillipa Brosgarth, Phil Woodhill, Gerard Lee to name most of them. I took one of your contributor’s, Lindy Morrison, and her band Zero on a train trip to Canberra to launch the book there after also launching to a packed house in Booroona Hall, the old Caxton Street Labor Hall; there were jugglers bands and so on and so forth quite a circus. I hope your launch 40 years later was as spectacular!!!
    All the best Geoff Shera

    • That sounds amazing Geoff! No jugglers at our launch but we had a great time. We’re looking at potentially doing Bjelke Blues 2 and a story about your book adventures would be great. So please do email me at
      Hope you enjoy the read! I’ve got pieces from Annie the original Zero drummer and John Willsteed as well 😀 Thanks again! Ed x

  4. Ms Shaw. You wanted stories from weird Queensland from back then. In the summer of 72 I was off north from Wollongong and had friends in Brisbane. Walking along past the Town Hall a big cop and his mate simply stood in front of me and one put his hand, just like that, into my top shirt pocket. Voila! An address! Shit! Then: nothing. Told my friend then we ate some mushrooms. Never saw him again for decades. Returning from up north these two kind Christians offered me and this Canadian a room for free in one suburb past Paddington. We stayed around a month. Week three: one night, a Sunday. All is quiet. The houses are classics, raised up. Then next door: clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp. The Plods have arrived. Next door! Wonder why? Gosh. Wrong house. They wanna come here. And so they did. The D’s. The usual pair. One quiet and shifty the other gregarious and engaging. Searching searching searching. Going through everything but alas sad to say there was nothing. We offered tea given the time they were taking. But they refused. Perhaps that was wiser. Intimidating that we were all DOLE BLUDGERS. I was travelling on my own steam but didn’t bother elucidating. No warrant of course, stewth, the paper work alone! All that typing. I survived. Left. Flew from Sydney to Kathmandu instead.

    • Hi! Yes well that’s what is was like in the good old bad old days even for visitors. Lucky he didn’t plant something in your pocket. Thanks so much for sharing your story 🙂 xx

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