Online Feedback: Children’s Books
In this online program, 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.
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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.
This course is targeted at emerging and developing children’s book authors. If you’re an aspiring picture book author, you should check out our introductory on-demand course with Aleesah Darlison,Getting Started with Picture Books.
Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program.
Please note: Submissions of picture book text (up to 800 words) or early reader text (up to 1500 words) are due on the following dates:
After each submission date, you’ll have 11 days to complete peer feedback. At the end of each feedback period, you’ll receive your tutor feedback.
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About the tutor
Aleesah Darlison writes picture books, chapter books, novels and series for children. Her story themes include courage, understanding, self-belief, friendship and environmental issues. She has won several awards for her writing and has had numerous short stories, articles and book reviews published across various mediums. Aleesah’s picture books include Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the […]