An Essential Guide to Being a Kids’ Author

Deborah Abela

Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

This children’s books writing course with Deborah Abela takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

The prime function of the children’s book writer is to write a book that is so absorbing, exciting, funny, fast and beautiful that the child will fall in love with it. – Roald Dahl

During this one-day workshop, children’s author Deborah Abela will guide you in honing your skills in writing for kids.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Writing for children can be fun and rewarding but mostly it is hard work and a lot of practise. Join children’s author of 28 books, Deborah Abela, as she takes you through a practical, hands-on day of writing activities to hone the skills you need to write for kids.

We’ll be looking at getting started, finding the right voice and honing your ideas. We’ll play with creating characters who feel real and dialogue that rings true, as well as plotting and the joy of editing. We’ll explore structure and plot, how to ward off writers’ block, the importance of being part of a writing community and a little about the wonderful world of the children’s publishing industry.

Deborah loves what she does and is keen to share her experiences and insights about this specialised and incredibly exciting profession. You may like to work on new ideas during this workshop, but you are also welcome to bring projects you are working on.

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Find out the basics you need to write for children
  2. Explore those basics through practical activities
  3. Gain a deeper understanding of how to write a successful book for kids and have fun while you’re doing it.

Participant requirements

Pen and paper, or a fully charged device. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

If you have questions about this course please contact us.

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An Essential Guide to Being a Kids’ Author


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