Child’s Play: Writing for Children
Saturday 2 November, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $195
Conc Member: $120
Do you dream of writing bestselling books for children? Do you enjoy coming up with stories you believe children would love to read? Do you want to understand the complexities of the market and how to go about getting published?
This course will guide you through a practical look at writing for children, including critical skills and knowledge, understanding the market, finding your voice, refining and improving your work and understanding how to approach publishers. You’ll gain a realistic view of what’s involved, from getting started to being published, and what happens after that. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore style, voice and other key elements of writing for children through several hands-on activities.
Topics covered will include:
- Critical knowledge, critical skills
- Understanding different markets and genres
- Finding your voice
- Creating interesting characters
- Plans and plots
- Using dialogue
- Beginnings and endings
- Editing: the how and why
- What makes your book stand out from the rest?
- The path to publication and how to improve the odds
- Agent or publisher?
- What to do when you’re rejected?
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Explore what makes a great children’s book and why;
- Participate in several hands-on activities to explore various elements of writing for children; and
- Gain a basic knowledge of the publishing industry.
Pen and paper or a fully charged laptop.
About the tutor
Jacqueline Harvey is one of Australia’s most popular authors for children, having sold over a million copies of her Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series in Australia alone. Her new spy series, Kensy and Max, is thrilling young readers with drama, action and loads of fun. Jacqueline has received numerous short-listings and awards while her picture […]