Writing for the Primary School Education Market
Saturday 30 May 2020, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $200
Conc Member: $120
Many well-known children’s authors began their careers writing for the education market and continue to do so alongside successful trade careers. Education publishing offers wonderful diversity and scope; it is also one of the best training grounds for emerging writers. But what exactly is it?
Education writers are paid to create resources that support the Australian primary school curriculum. If you think this sounds limiting, think again! An education writer can find herself knee-deep in a historical fiction novel one moment and a biography of a famous inventor the next. It is engaging, varied and exacting all at once. Education writing is crafted to tightly written briefs and is heavily affected by editorial and design concerns, offering the perfect training environment for career writers. Writing for the education market sets writers up to spread their wings.
Find out how to get started in this one-day introduction to the field with author Louise Park. You’ll learn about education briefs and guidelines, how to accommodate editorial considerations, and the basics of education publishing contracts. You’ll find out what makes a winning manuscript, and you’ll learn skills easily transferable to trade publishing.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Participants will gain an understanding of the scope of the education market: its publishers and publishing.
- Participants will learn how to submit a manuscript: what to include and what to avoid.
- Participants will learn about education briefs and writing guidelines.
- Participants will learn how to apply education writing fundamentals to writing for the trade market.
Participants may bring in a half-page sample of their writing, which may be randomly selected for workshopping, time permitting.
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About the tutor
Louise Park draws from a strong background in literacy to produce her blockbuster best-selling series that include Zac Power Test Drives, Spy Recruit, Boy vs Beast, Star Girl, Bella Dancerella, Harriet Clare and her latest series D-Bot Squad. She writes under her own name as well as the successful pseudonyms HI Larry, Mac Park, and Poppy […]