Writing Workshops & Coaching

DSC_0901With almost three decades of experience as a professional writer, editor and college professor, Jo Kadlecek has worked for a range of U.S. publications and editors. She has published 16 books, including novels, memoirs and non fiction, and has written hundreds of articles and features for publications such as The Boston Globe, New England Magazine and others. Jo loves coming along side aspiring writers, rusty veterans, creative souls and/or execs to help with their writing.

writing instruction, editorial coaching & story consultation for writers at all stages

Acclaimed author/instructor Shelley Davidow & Jo have teamed up to launch the SUNSHINE COAST WRITERS’ CAFE (SCWC)


APRIL 2018:  POSTPONED      

Check back soon for details about when this workshop will run.


WHAT:BEYOND THE SURFACE” is a 4-week interactive writing workshop on how to fill out the characters in your memoirs and novels. We’ll look at how to develop the people in your story through their nuances, speech, mannerisms, quirks, attributes and silences, so that the narrative is stronger and more compelling.

WHEN: MONDAYS 11:30am-1:30pm. April 9, 16, 23, 30.

WHERE: Sunshine Beach Hall, Anglican Church of Noosa, Bicentennial Dr, Sunshine Beach QLD 4567

WHO: Jo Kadlecek, local author, writing instructor and story coach, will teach.

HOW MUCH: First time SCWC Students—$185 •                                                      Second time SCWC Students—$170 • Third time (and beyond) SCWC Students—$150

WHAT ELSE: Each session includes lecture, literary examples, writing exercises, interactive feedback and tea/coffee.

3D Storytelling

What students are saying:

“The sessions with Jo were inspiring and informative, and the discussions helped me assess my project and improve my writing. I now feel better positioned to move forward and finish my memoir.”—Richard, student

“Step out of your comfort zone and take educated advice. This is a safe and welcoming environment to tell your story.”—Chris, student

“Excellent opportunity to learn more about writing.”—Joanna, student

“This workshop was an absolute joy and allowed me the luxury of opening up to begin something I would have never thought I could do.”Carolyne, student

“If you want to write your memoir, you owe it to yourself to do this course!”—Rick, student

2017 Course Listings

“From Life to Art, turning life into literature” Jan. 12 & 13, 2017: 10am-1pm at Sunspace Cafe. Instructor Shelley Davidow. $160 (Book HERE.)  

 “Fiction Writing Workshop”: January 2017:Tuesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; 10am-Noon, Noosaville. Get that novel started as your new year’s resolution! Fiction Writing Workshop covers topics such as: story structure, character development & dialogue, plot movement & conflict, description & setting, creative language lessons. $180.

 “Structuring Your Memoir” February (Tuesdays): 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2017:  10am-Noon, Cooroy Library. Instructor Jo Kadlecek. You’ve written several chapters of your memoir but you’ve struggled to figure out how each piece fits together. This interactive workshop works around your specific questions in helping to organize your memoir and guide your story.  $180. 

“Writing A Memoir that Moves, Sings and Inspires”  July: Tuesday July 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10am-Noon, location TBD (Noosaville area), with Local Instructor/Author Jo Kadlecek. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the tools of storytelling to get your memoir moving in the right direction, helping your story sing and inspire readers along the way.

2016 Course Listings:

MEMOIR WRITING I; Tuesdays (Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27), 10am-12 noon at Cooroy Library.  Instructor Jo Kadlecek. October, 2016:

CREATIVE WRITING MASTERCLASS, Saturdays (October 1, 8, 15, 22), 10am-1pm at Sunspace Cafe. Instructor Shelley Davidow.    October, 2016:

SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL SCREENWRITING, Sat., Oct. 31. 1-day only workshop with Los Angeles based screenwriter/guest lecturer Chris Reed. 

MEMOIR WRITING II (Intensive) Workshop; Tuesdays (Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6), 10am-noon at Cooroy Library. Instructor Jo Kadlecek. 


  • Because every writer’s project and process is different, Jo is happy to meet with you to assess your goals and proposal. (Hourly rate is $50.)
  • Jo crafts a unique contract for each client outlining the agreement terms and time frame. For individual instruction, story consultation or coaching for publication, Jo’s fees are to be determined. With a signed contract and initial nonrefundable deposit TBD, the writing process begins!
  • Gather your creative friends for GROUP instruction in a workshop setting of 3-5 writers. All meetings take place in local cafes, the library or online. Costs vary. (Or register for a new Hearts and Minds Writing Workshop! See above!)
  • Jo is also available for copy editing completed drafts.


Jo is also available (fees to be determined) to write, edit or consult for:

  • public relations strategies with today’s social media platforms;
  • web site content/features;
  • manuscript instruction, guidance and editing for nonfiction, memoir, and fiction;
  • marketing letters (for nonprofits);
  • organizational communication both internal and external.

Contact JO at:

Jo Kadlecek & Shelley Davidow

Jo Kadlecek & Shelley Davidow

Email: JoKad@mac.com

Mobile: 0456-502-121

Follow Jo on Instagram and Twitter @JoKadlecek