Faber Writing Academy - Writing for Children and Young Adults
Thursday 01 March 2018 (Thursday evenings)
Thursday 31 May 2018 (Thursday evenings)
Who: Martine Murray with guest Sally Rippin
When: Thursday 01 March 2018 - Thursday 31 May 2018
Course Fee: $1,950 / $1,755 alumni
Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Are you writing a children’s book and serious about it finding in a bookshop? The Writing for Children evening course from 1 March – 31 May 2018 is taught by award winning children’s author Martine Murray with guest Sally Rippin.
Writing for Children consists of 12 x evening sessions (6:30pm-8:30pm Thursdays) and covers the elements required to create a stand-out book for children and young adults. Discover how to craft a compelling story, memorable characters, authentic dialogue and an evocative setting. Learn about your audience and the themes and language suited to different age groups. The course will also discuss what publishers are looking for and how to convince them that you are worth publishing. Writing for Children is suitable for writers of all levels of experience and you learn inside our publishing house, Allen and Unwin, 406 Albert Street, East Melbourne. Participants are encouraged to bring along ideas for stories, novels-in-progress and/or favourite children's books and young adult novels. For full details visit www.faberwritingacademy.com.au and select Melbourne courses or call 02 8425 0171.
Past students who are being published
- Jill Lever's first book The Worm Who Knew Karate, illustrated by Terry Denton, was published by Penguin in 2015 and has been selected by the Story Box Library where you can find it read by actor and comedian Rusty Berther.
- Davina Bell’s first picture book, The Underwater Fancydress Parade, illustrated by Allison Copoys came out with Scribe in March 2015, followed by Hattie Helps Out (Allen & Unwin) which was co-written with Jane Goodwin and illustrated by Freya Blackwood.
- Ella Mulvey had her first picture book published by Allen & Unwin in 2017. The Rabbit Hole Golf Course is illustrated by Karen Briggs (Kick with my left foot) and it tells the story of a little girl heading out with a group of Aboriginal women to hunt for a pet rabbit.
Praise for Writing for Children
''Did it meet my expectations? Heck to the yeah! I wanted an intensive, in-depth course that would cover all the major elements of writing for children. What I got was all that, plus the opportunity to work with an amazing mentor, in a physical space that calls out for books to be written, all wrapped up in an atmosphere of support.' Carolyn.
'The course was absolutely wonderful. It was such a joy getting together with everyone each week to discuss something everyone enjoys so much. The course structure and content were so helpful and I learnt so much… The course materials were great and I have referred back to them numerous times. The venue was perfect - I could not imagine doing this course anywhere else.' - Kate
About the Course Director
Martine Murray writes for children and young adults. Her first novel The Slightly True Story of Cedar B Hartley was included in the White Ravens international list of outstanding children's books, and was shortlisted for the Victorian, NSW and Queensland Premier's Awards, and the CBC Award. She won the Queensland Premier's Award for How to Make a Bird and again for The Slightly Bruised Glory of Cedar B Hartley. She was shortlisted for the Prime Ministers Award for Mannie and The Long Brave Day. Her books have been published internationally and translated into seventeen languages. Martine has taught in the professional writing course at RMIT in Melbourne.
Sarah Menary | Communications Manager | Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin
The NSW Writers' Centre - Writing for Children
8 November 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
15 November 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
22 November 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
29 November 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
6 December 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When: 5 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 November and 6 December, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Writing for children is big business. Despite the oft forecast demise of reading, demand for quality children’s books is strong and there has been significant growth in this market over the past few years.
If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths, this course is for you.
Over five evenings, Jacqueline Harvey will give you a practical guide to writing for children; from goal setting and understanding what you want to achieve, to finding your voice and knowing how to grow your story.
The course will cover everything you need to get started including:
- Understanding your potential audience
- Finding and developing ideas
- Creating believable characters
- Developing plausible plots
- Using dialogue effectively
- Literary devices
- The importance of editing
- Advice on getting published
- The business of being a writer
A series of practical exercises will give budding writers opportunities to explore style, voice and other key elements of writing for children as well demystifying the publishing process.
The NSW Writers' Centre - Creating Unique Picture Books
Saturday 25 November 2017, 10am-4pm
Who: Hilary Bell and guest speaker Matthew Martin
When: Saturday 25 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Early/emerging, appropriate for writers and illustrators, and individuals as well as collaborative partnerships
Do you have a beautiful picture book in you trying to find its way onto the page and into the world? Let Hilary Bell, author of bestselling Alphabetical Sydney, help you lure it out into the open.
The course is divided into two parts: a detailed overview of the creative process, illustrated through examples of attempts, rejected verses, and the building of images, followed by hands-on exercises where participants test their own ideas. Hilary will describe her experiences of making picture books from concept stage through to publication, including a work-in-progress, and discuss her collaborations with different illustrators.
We’ll look at a range of successful picture books and investigate what it is that makes them special. Guest speaker Matthew Martin will discuss his career in illustration, including his work with Hilary on The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour, which is on the Premier’s Reading Challenge list.
As well as gaining insights into the creative and practical aspects of creating picture books, participants will leave with an appreciation of fresh and surprising picture book structures, and techniques for finding ideas from the world around us. And perhaps even the beginnings of a new and unique picture book.
Australian Children's Laureate - Australian Children's Literature Alliance
The Australian Children's Laureate is an award presented every two years to one of Australia's pre-eminent children's authors/illustrators to celebrate their contribution to Australian literature. Our vision is to enrich children's lives through the power of story and develop a culture of reading in Australia.
The Laureate's role is to engage with kids, educators, the public and the media on the importance of reading, as well as advocating for and supporting educators, particularly teacher-librarians. During their appointment the Laureate acts as a national and international ambassador for reading.
Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor, the inaugural Laureates' (2012-13) travelled all around Australia inspiring many kids to read and tell their stories.
Jackie French, as our second Children's Laureate (2014-15), has fully embraced her role inspiring many children and families while also supporting educators of literacy.
Give now to our "I'm a Supporter" campaign to secure the future of the Australian Laureate Award so we can build on the momentum and impact of this essential advocacy role for children's literature and literacy. Thank you!
The Laureate Award it administered by the Australian Children's Literature Alliance (ACLA), a national not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to developing a culture of reading in Australia. We believe that reading changes lives!
Greenleaf Press - KinderFest
Miniature Literary Festivals for Miniature People...
KinderFests are 2 hour miniature literary festivals for very young children. These mini-festivals are perfect for daycare centres, preschools, kindergartens, Pre-Prep and Prep.
We have access to a wide range of picture book creators, both authors and illustrators, who are also experienced presenters and performers. Three guest picture book creators read their stories, sing songs, have question time and run a simple craft or drawing activity.
Sessions can be held with one large group or split into three smaller groups and run on a simultaneous rotating basis. The Story Time and Craft sessions are followed by Book Sales and Signings so children can take home their very own, first-ever personally signed book.
KinderFests are perfect for Open Days, Special Friends and Grandparents Days, Children's Week, Numeracy & Literacy Week, Library Week, Book Week or simply to educate children about the importance of books and reading.
We organise everything so you only have one point of contact. It's very easy!
The Copyright Agency - The Create Career Fund
The Career Fund now operates four rounds a year through two streams of funding – the Ignite Career Fund and the Create Career Fund.
The Ignite Career Fund will continue to support individual emerging creators seeking specific skills development, with individual grants of up to $5000 offered to successful applicants. There will be two rounds for the Ignite Fund each year, read these guidelines to find out more.
The Create Career Fund has been developed to provide time for mid to late career writers and visual artists to write, research and create. Individual grants of up to $20,000 with a minimum of $10,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. There will be two rounds for the Create Career Fund each year, read these guidelines to find out more. APPLY NOW.
Successful applicants will be notified approximately eight weeks after the advertised deadline. Activities for which Career Funding for either stream is sought cannot commence earlier than this.
The online application is through SmartyGrants.