Online Feedback: Children’s Books

Aleesah Darlison

Monday 8 February to Friday 25 June 2021, online

Full Price: $410
Member: $305
Conc Member: $265

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In this online writing course, award-winning author Aleesah Darlison will provide feedback on your writing for children, enabling you to hone your skills over five months. Feedback will vary depending on each submission, but it may focus on areas such as storytelling, plot, structure, characterisation, theme or voice.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Once a month, you’ll submit either a picture book text (up to 800 words) or an early reader/chapter book text (up to 1500 words). Your tutor will provide tailored feedback, giving you time to incorporate her suggestions and advice into the next month’s submission. Each month, you can submit either new or revised writing.

You’ll also have the opportunity to read and comment on other participants’ writing. This process of giving and receiving feedback from fellow writers is an ideal way to determine what works, what resonates, what falls flat – and how to improve.

This online program takes place on a website specifically designed for writers, making it simple and easy to share your writing, give and receive feedback, and interact with fellow writers.

If you’re ready to challenge yourself and develop your skills through constructive critique and independent work, this is the program for you.

Please note: this is a feedback-based program. While you are welcome to generate new material for submission during this time, no prompts or themes will be provided.

Regarding picture books: Industry standard word count is generally a maximum of 500 words. It’s rare that longer picture book text would be published, so shorter submissions are encouraged. This online feedback program will help you learn how to write more concise picture book text.

Participant Requirements

Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. Read our FAQ before enrolling>>

This five month course starts on 8 February 2021 with enrolment into our online classroom. Submissions of picture book text (up to 800 words) or early reader text (up to 1500 words) are due on the following dates, 10pm AET:

Monday 15 February  
Monday 15 March  
Monday 19 April  
Monday 17 May 
Monday 14 June

After each submission date, you’ll have 10 days to complete peer feedback. At the end of each feedback period, you’ll receive your tutor feedback.


‘The feedback from Aleesah was very useful with specific details around how and what to improve.’ – Cathy

Get to know the tutor

Find out more about our fabulous tutor Aleesah Darlison by reading our interview with her, the crucial step of editing. You can also find her website here.

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