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Missing (launch) by Sue Whiting

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Released Thursday, March 01, 2018 

Out March 1st 2018 - Available for pre-order

MissingMackenzie da Luca’s mother is missing.
She’s vanished without a trace
in the jungles of Panama.

Now, 116 days later, Mackenzie and her dad
are in those same jungles.

Her dad is desperate to find out what’s happened to his wife.
And Mackenzie is desperate to make sure he doesn’t …

Novel for ages 10+
Walker Books Australia
ISBN 978-1-760650-03-2
March 1 2018


“Both taut and touching, Sue Whiting’s latest is that rare thing – a genuinely suspenseful page-turner that’s also full of heart. Young readers won’t want to miss Missing!” Meg McKinlay, award-winning author of A Single Stone

“Engrossing until its emotional end, readers 10 and up will be unable to put this book down …” FOUR STARS Books+Publishing

Website: suewhiting.com/missing


WestWords presents - An evening with Morris Gleitzman!

Australian Childrens Laureate


Saturday the 10th of March 2018 

WestWords is proud to present a special event with the new Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018/19. This will be the first public event for the Children’s Laureate following the official announcement at the State Library of NSW on the 15th of February at 6pm.

Where: The Carrington, Katoomba

When: Saturday the 10th of March. Drinks and nibbles start at 6pm and the event officially commences at 6.30pm sharp.

Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for concession.

Meet Morris Gleitzman in his first public event as the Australian Children’s Laureate. 

Morris explores how stories make us and why they can provide our best hope for the shaping the future.

“Young people need stories more than ever. Stories to delight, stories to beguile, stories to inspire, stories to move deeply. And through these experiences, stories equip young readers to embrace an often dark and uncertain world with optimism, resolve and creativity,” Gleitzman says. 

Morris Gleitzman is the author of more than 40 books including Once, Boy Overboard, Toad Rage and Two Weeks With the Queen. He is the 2018–2019 Australian Children’s Laureate.

Founded in 2008, the Laureateship is bestowed every two years on an outstanding writer or illustrator of children’s books. Its role is to promote the importance and transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians. Morris is the fifth Australian Children’s Laureate, following on from Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor (2012-13), Jackie French (2014-15) and Leigh Hobbs (2016-17)

The event will be an exciting opportunity to hear from the Laureate as they discuss the future of children’s writing in Australia.

WestWords An evening with Morris Gleitzman

For more information: An evening with Morris Gleitzman


Celebrate Australian Children’s Literature at Dromkeen Homestead


Sunday 11 March 2018 

Exhibition Opening & Picturebook Launch“Never Lose Hope” – The Story of Australia’s First School.

By award winning author/illustrator Mark Wilson


Followed by afternoon workshops with Mark Wilson, Mark McBride & Corinne Fenton


Celebrate Australian Childrens Literature at Dromkeen Homestead 

RSVP Opening & Book Launch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Afternoon Workshop Bookings: TryBooking


Justice Literary Event 2018

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 09:00 AM 

When: Wednesday 14 March 2017 - 9am-3pm


Santa Sabina College
90 The Boulevarde
Strathfield, NSW 2135

Bookings Close:  Friday 16th February, 2018

An opportunity for people in the arts to present how themes of social justice, human rights and eco-justice in literature, music, song and art can powerfully raise awareness in society, and help build the skills and capacity for change.

This day is open to ALL who are concerned about social justice, human rights and eco-justice, and is appropriate to all people aged 15 through to adults.

Presenters include:

  • Mem Fox
  • Melina Marchetta
  • Dr Robin Morrow
  • Bronwyn Bancroft
  • Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis
  • Susanne Gervay
  • Phil Glendenning
  • Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang
  • Mark Raue
  • Louise Raue
  • Joel Robards

Justice Literary Event 2018

For more information, contact Marisa Brattoni or Carmel Clark on (02) 8762 4200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.erc.org.au/justice_literary_event_2018


Open House with Penguin Random House

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Friday 16th March 2018, 9:30am-4pm 

When: Friday 16th March 2018, 9:30am-4pm

Cost: $45

Bookings open 9 January 2018.

This opportunity is open to NSWWC members only.

Please phone the Centre to make a booking on (02) 9555 9757.

How does a publishing house work? Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submission?

On Friday 16 March, Penguin Random House will be in residence at the New South Wales Writers’ Centre.

Meet publishers from Penguin Random House as they take you through how a book gets published from the submissions process through to acquisition, editorial, and contracts.  In the afternoon there will be breakout groups for genre-specific Q&A sessions and an opportunity to meet one on one with a publisher to get feedback on your submission.

Submissions will be read by Penguin Random House publishers and editors prior to the seminar. In one-on-one 15 minute meetings you will be given feedback on your submission, including advice on refining your submission, whether it is in the correct genre, appropriate length, etc.

Work submitted can include genre and literary fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction, middle grade, and children’s books.

Submissions will not be accepted for: science fiction, poetry, plays, illustrated adult books, cookbooks or educational materials.

Please note, you must have a completed manuscript to enrol.

Once enrolled, you will need to one file in Word format (size 12, Times New Roman font, double spacing, with page numbers) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 16 February. The file name should be your surname (ie. Smith.doc) and must include:

a synopsis of your work (maximum one page, can be single-spaced)the first 20 pages or first chapter of your manuscripta short note about yourself

This opportunity is open to NSWWC members only.Please phone the Centre to make a booking on (02) 9555 9757.

For more information: www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/professional-development/open-house-with-penguin-random-house


Creative Kids Tales Writers’ Festival

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Do you write for children?

Do you want to network, learn and take your writing to the next level?

Prepare to be inspired and motivated by Susanne Gervay, Sue Whiting, Tristan Bancks, Clare Hallifax, Sarah Davis, Wai Chim and Georgie Donaghey.


Saturday 17th March 2018 

Event Details

Date: Saturday 17th March

Venue: The Tradies, Gymea

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Event Pricing

Entry for CKT Members: $60

Entry for Non-members: $70

Manuscript Assessments: $70(not included in Entry price)

Topics Include

  • A Beginner’s Roadmap to the Children’s Writing Industry.
  • How to give your manuscript the best chance of a contract.
  • What happens once your manuscript hits a publisher’s desk?
  • What publishers are looking for.
  • The marriage between author and illustrator to produce a successful picture book.
  • Rejection – Why it isn’t a bad thing.
  • How to write a successful series.
  • Writing about what you know.
  • Making a difference with your stories.
  • Marketing yourself and your work.
  • And more.

Manuscript Assessments available with Sue Whiting, Clare Hallifax or Susanne Gervay.

Attendees will have an opportunity to pitch their story to a panel of experts.

The winner will receive a Creative Kids Tales Manuscript Assessment valued at $100.

Tickets via TryBooking under Creative Kids Tales.

Seats are limited.

For more details: www.creativekidstales.com.au/whats-new/ckt-writers-festival

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SCBWI ACT - Secrets of self-publishing and grants

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5th April 2018 - 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm 

Date: 5th April 2018

Time:  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: ALIA House
9-11 Napier Close - Deakin, ACT

Join SCBWI ACT for a development evening revealing the mysteries of self-publishing & grants.

Nicole Godwin, founder of Tusk Books, will kick off the evening, sharing the highs and lows of her self-publishing journey covering topics such as crowdfunding, ISBNs, book design, printing, promotion and the dreaded distribution. Following Nicole’s session, we will be joined by a knowledgeable panel including Genevieve Hopkins (self-published The Adventures of William Brambleberry: Aviator Mouse), Kerry Malone (self-published You can do it Joey!), Jacqueline De Rose Ahern (partner published Charlie’s Adventures in Hawaii) to further discuss alternative publishing pathways.

Tania McCartney, author and illustrator, Irma Gold, editor and author, and emcee Emma Allen, will engage in a frank and detailed discussion, about the secret world of grants. Both Tania and Irma are the recipients of various grants and Irma has twice worked on artsACT’s Peer Assessment Panel assessing grant applications for the ACT Government’s annual Project Funding round. They will provide practical strategies and tips for your next grant application.

To finish off the evening, Nicole Godwin will provide you with the low-down on her time at the SCBWI conference in NY.

Cost: $25 SCBWI members and $40 non-members

SCBWI ACT Secrets of self publishing and grants

For more information: australiaeastnz.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-act-secrets-of-self-publishing-and-grants


SCBWI Sydney - School Visits: What You Need to Know

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8th April 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm 

Date: 8th April 2018

Time:  1:00pm - 3:30pm

Woollahra Library, Sydney
451 New South Head Rd - Double Bay, NSW 2028

Author/Illustrator visits to schools can be fun and rewarding, as well as a perfect way to meet your audience, promote your work, increase your profile and earn extra money to enable you to keep creating. However, schools are not after a book promotion or a lecture. Presentations need to be stimulating and engaging, leaving students, teachers and librarians with inspiration and insights into reading, the process of creating books, and even creating their own works.

Join us for a practical afternoon where we talk about school visits…the good, the bad and the ugly, but most importantly, the essentials of what you need to know to create a successful and satisfying visit for yourself and the school. Five creators, who together have visited thousands of schools over many years, will give a demonstration of what they do during their presentations and reveal the secrets of their success.

SCBWI Sydney School Visits What You Need to Know

Program (draft)

1-1.15pm—School Visits: What You Need to Know presented by Deb Abela

1.15-2pm—Presentations for Younger Kids (15 minutes each)

Mesmerising the Little Mites—How to Present Picture Books with Sue Whiting Illustrating Picture Books with Sarah Davis A Recipe for Magic: Planning a Fantasy Story with Jodie Wells-Slowgrove

2-2.30pm—Afternoon Tea and Networking

2.30-2.45pm—When Things Go Bad presented by Sue Whiting

2.45-3.15pm—Middle Grade and Beyond (15 minutes each)

Capturing Those Middle Graders with Deb Abela Engaging Teens with Story with Susanne Gervay



CLICK HERE to Book at TryBooking SCBWI members $25 • Non-members $35

For more information: australiaeastnz.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-sydney-school-visits


NSW Writers' Centre - The Enchanting World of Picture Books

with Davina Bell

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Saturday 26 May 2018, 10am-4pm 

The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade

Who: Davina Bell

When: Saturday 26 May 2018, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full Price: $195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Explore the enchanting world of picture books with writer and editor Davina Bell. From the unique perspective of both a creator and publishing professional, Davina will share her insights on what works in a picture book manuscript, what doesn’t, and how to get your work ready for publication. Using both classic and contemporary books as our guides, we’ll look at themes and concepts that resonate, and take an overview of today’s picture book market. After considering real-life examples from the editorial, design and illustration processes, participants will uncover and develop their own ideas through writing exercises.

In this interactive and engaging workshop, participants will learn all they need to know about the author/illustrator relationship, what publishers are looking for and how to submit their work. This practical and creative session is suited to both beginner writers and those who have already begun their picture-book journey.

Expected learning outcomes

  1. An in-depth knowledge of the picture-book making process from concept to acquisition to final product
  2. An understanding of what makes a picture book stand out, both at submission stage and in the market
  3. Techniques for crafting an idea into a picture-book text

Participant RequirementsPen and notebook, and a favourite picture book from childhood or today to discuss

About the tutorDavina Bell is a children’s book editor and a writer for young people of many ages. Her award-winning picture books include Under the Love UmbrellaThe Underwater Fancy-dress ParadeOh Albert! and Hattie Helps Out. A former senior editor at Penguin Books, she now works on the children’s list at Affirm Press in Melbourne. A lover of words and ideas in many forms, Davina regularly travels the country, speaking to children and adults about books and writing. The magic of picture books continues to enchant her.

For more information: www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/writing-for-children-and-young-adults/the-enchanting-world-of-picture-books 


Faber Writing Academy - Writing a Novel: Stage 1

with Kathryn Heyman or James Bradley + guests, including leading industry agents/publishers

Faber Writing Academy


Tuesday 6th March 2018 


Tuesday 29th May 2018 

Kathryn Heyman

Who: Kathryn Heyman or James Bradley + guests, including leading industry agents/publishers
When: Tuesday 6th March 2018 - Tuesday 29th May 2018
Course fee: $3,250 / $2,760 alumni
$2,760 for those who sign up for Writing a Novel: Stage 2 at the same time
Allen & Unwin
83 Alexander Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065 - (Please note access is via stairs)

Learn to write with the best.

For aspiring novelists ready to leap in, this course will guide you through the process of planning and beginning your novel, creating new scenes, playing with ideas, finding a voice and establishing a writing practice. Using a combination of targeted writing exercises, group discussion and carefully selected examples, the focus of this course will be on your own writing, with the aim of ending the course with a substantial body of new writing, heading towards a first draft of your novel.

Benefit from the structure of regular classes covering everything from the first conception of an idea through to getting words on a page, narrative structure and style.

Learn from our experienced Course Directors, as well as guest tutors including top authors, and agents/publishers.

Receive a personalised consultation on your project from your tutor.

Get it done. When undertaken with Writing a Novel: Stage 2, this is a flexible alternative to a creative writing MA, designed for people who might be considering a career and who are prepared to engage fully in the hard work involved. Apart from the workshops, you will be devoting as much time as possible between classes to writing.

Receive invaluable feedback by having the chance to present your work to your class of other committed novelists.

Start your career. There is no better way to get on the road to publication than to meet the people who know how to make that happen.

Meet tutors Kathryn Heyman and James Bradley beforehand at our free information night on 16 November.

For more information: faberwritingacademy.com.au/Writing-a-novel-stage-1-Sydney-2018


Faber Writing Academy - Writing for Children and Young Adults

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Thursday 01 March 2018 (Thursday evenings)


Thursday 31 May 2018 (Thursday evenings)

Martine Murray

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.

Media contact:

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NSW Writers' Centre - Online Feedback Intensive: Children's Writing

Presenter: Aleesah Darlison

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11th February 2018 


 21st June 2018 


Who: Aleesah Darlison

When: 11th February through 21st June 2018, online 

Cost: Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245

You’ve written some picture books or early readers – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye.

Receive expert monthly feedback from award-winning author Aleesah Darlison and develop your writing skills over five months in this intensive online course. Each month from February to June, you’ll submit either a picture book text (up to 800 words) or an early reader/chapter book text (up to 1500 words), via email. The following week, Aleesah will send you tailored feedback, giving you time to incorporate her suggestions and advice into the next month’s submission. Each month, you can either submit new or previously submitted writing. 

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

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

Please note, this is a feedback-based course. 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 books text would be published, so shorter submissions are encouraged. This feedback course will help you learn how to write more concise picture book text.

Participant Requirements

Email access and confidence using computer software and online platforms.

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:

  • Sunday 11 February
  • Sunday 11 March
  • Sunday 8 April
  • Sunday 6 May
  • Monday 11 June

Feedback is due by midnight on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 21 February
  • Wednesday 21 March
  • Wednesday 18 April
  • Wednesday 16 May
  • Thursday 21 June

For more information: www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/courses/online-feedback-intensive-childrens-writing


Storytelling Magic

with Kate Forsyth

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Saturday 23rd June 2018, 10am-4pm 

The Wild Girl

Who: Kate Forsyth

When:  Saturday 23rd June 2018, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full price: $195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

From the very dawn of time, humans have been telling each other stories – both true and invented – as a way to connect and educate, communicate and entertain. Understanding these ancient mythic structures and techniques can help writers imbue their own story with archetypal power.

In this full-day workshop, Kate will explore what makes a good story – characters that are sympathetic and believable, a compelling and relevant plot, a vivid setting, a strong beginning and satisfying ending, deft use of narrative building blocks, and memorable use of language. Along the way, Kate will illuminate the Hero’s Journey and other traditional story structures, the difference between stereotypes and archetypes, and the importance and purpose of rhythm and pace.

Participants will have time to work on their projects in class, but will not receive independent feedback due to time restrictions. Participants will be asked to share a single sentence that describes their work to the class.

Expected learning outcomes:

  1. Practical techniques to build characters, plot and setting, and to control pace
  2. Deeper knowledge of mythic archetypes and storytelling patterns
  3. A new understanding of their own work and how to improve its storytelling qualities

Participant Requirements

Participants must have a first draft of a novel manuscript. Please bring pen and paper, highlighters, a single sentence to summarise work-in-progress, a one-page synopsis and the first 10,000 words of the novel manuscript. Participants will not be asked to read out their work but will work on their synopsis and manuscript privately in class.

About the tutor:

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven and has now sold more than a million books worldwide. Her most recent book, Beauty in Thorns, is a reimagining of Sleeping Beauty set amongst the passions and scandals of the Pre-Raphaelites. Other novels for adults include Bitter Greens, which won the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction; and The Wild Girl, which was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013. Kate’s fantasy series for children The Impossible Quest has been optioned for a film. Named one of Australia’s Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a doctorate in fairy tale studies, and is also an accredited master storyteller. You can read more about her at kateforsyth.com.au

For more information: www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/fiction/storytelling-magic


Faber Writing Academy - Writing for Children - beginners

with Anna Fienberg (author of the Tashi series)

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Thursday 14th June 2018 


Thursday 5th July 2018 

Anna Fienberg

Who: Anna Fienberg (author of the Tashi series)
When: Thursday 14th June - Thursday 5th July 2018
Course fee: $500 / $425 alumni
Allen & Unwin
83 Alexander Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065 - (Please note access is via stairs)

Writing for Children is the perfect beginner course for people who wish to write for children.

Children are discerning readers and the children's publishing industry is highly competitive. To write a children's book that will stand out on a publisher's desk, and then on bookstore shelves, you need to be aware of what is already out there, while creating something that reflects your personality. 

This course will identify what makes a successful manuscript. You will discover how to craft a compelling story, memorable characters, authentic dialogue and an evocative setting. You will 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 ideal for beginners. Participants are encouraged to bring along ideas for stories, novels-in-progress and/or favourite children's books and young adult novels. If you are new to writing for children and not sure where to start, this is the course for you.

The course includes:• 8-hours of intensive tuition over 4 weeks• Refreshments• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication• Alumni discount on all future Faber Writing Academy courses 

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

For more information: faberwritingacademy.com.au/writing_for_kids_Sydney2018


Faber Writing Academy - Writing a Novel: Stage 2

with Kathryn Heyman or James Bradley + guests, including leading industry agents/publishers

Faber Writing Academy


Tuesday 17th July 2018 


Tuesday 25th September 2018 

Kathryn Heyman

Who: Kathryn Heyman or James Bradley + guests, including leading industry agents/publishers
When: Tuesday 17th July - Tuesday 25th September 2018
Course fee: $3,250 / $2,760 alumni
Allen & Unwin
83 Alexander Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065 - (Please note access is via stairs)

Write your novel, and write it well.

A comprehensive three month course builds on the work started in Writing a Novel: Stage 1 and is suitable for writers who have completed that course, or who have a substantially completed rough or first draft of a novel-in-progress. This course will develop craft and technical skills required to turn a rough draft into a work of art. Using exercises focused on your own work, you'll finish the course with a deep understanding of the novelists' craft and how it applies to your own novel.

  • Benefit from the structure of regular classes covering everything from playing with genre, the power of what is unspoken and using scenes and narrative summary to maintain momentum.
  • Learn from our experienced Course Directors, as well as guest tutors including top authors, and agents/publishers.
  • Receive personalised, one-to one attention on your project from your tutor.
  • Get it done. When undertaken with Writing a Novel: Stage 1, this is a flexible alternative to a creative writing MA, designed for people who might be considering a career and who are prepared to engage fully in the hard work involved. Apart from the workshops, you will be devoting as much time as possible between classes to writing.
  • Receive invaluable feedback by having the chance to present your work to your class of other committed novelists.
  • Start your career with unrivalled access to those who know. There is no better way to get on the road to publication than to meet the people who know how to make that happen. Hear talks from people in the industry, then read to a room of agents at course completion.

Please note that while Writing a Novel: Stage 1 and Writing a Novel: Stage 2 are designed to build on each other, each may be taken as a stand-alone course. Talk to us if you need guidance on which one is best for you.

For more information: faberwritingacademy.com.au/Writing-a-novel-Stage-2-SYD-2018


2018 Sunshine Writers Retreat

Relax. Create. Connect. Explore. GROW

Greenleaf Press


Thursday 15th November 2018 


Sunday 18th November 2018 

When: Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th November, 2018

2018 Sunshine Writers Retreat

The 2018 Sunshine Writers Retreat Program has now been released!

This is a truly immersive experience that will help you become the author you want to be.

Find the program and full retreat information at: www.greenleafpress.net/2018-sunshine-writers-retreat

Here’s a sample of the feedback from this year’s retreat attendees:

"The Sunshine Writers Retreat was a great place to feed my creativity, with inspiring presenters, opportunities to network with like-minded writers, and all the while enjoying the stunning surroundings. I left with a heart full of joy and a head full of ideas!"

"One of the most useful writing industry events I have ever attended!"

"The 2017 Sunshine Retreat was so very special. The people and the entire experience has left me filled with joy, brand new friendships and the tools I need to progress as an aspiring author. Thanks Everyone!!!!"

"Attending the Sunshine Writer's Retreat was a life-changing experience. I learnt so much during the masterclasses and met some amazing people who I will treasure forever. I can't recommend it highly enough."

Bookings are now being taken. Don’t delay, get in touch with us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Warmest wishes, Aleesah
The Greenleaf Team

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Website: www.greenleafpress.net



Australian Children's Laureate - Australian Children's Literature Alliance

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Website: childrenslaureate.org.au

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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!

The Copyright Agency - The Create Career Fund

Copyright Agency

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.

For more information, contact Career Fund Manager, Susan Cole, by phone +612 9394 7600 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Greenleaf Press - KinderFest

Greenleaf Press logo

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!

Website: www.greenleafpress.net/kinderfest

KinderFest Flyer

  • What a terrific, enthusiastic, informative and creative resource - of value and interest to so many people.
    I'm delighted to be a part of it.

    Ursula Dubosarsky
  • 'I stumbled on to Creative Kids Tales by accident. I thought it was kid's tails. I'd been doing some research about goats and how their tails were actually a fifth leg, a very long time ago. Or did I just dream that? In any case, I was bitterly disappointed at first to find not tails, but tales. However, while I was at the site I had a wander around, and soon discovered that it was even better than a goat's site - no kidding! This is a brilliant haven for writers, new and not so new; a place to showcase their work and to learn from others.' Well done, Georgie. You've done a fantastic job. - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Bill Condon
  • 'Thanks for having me on Creative Kids Tales. It's a great resource for emerging writers and illustrators and I hope it will have a long future.'

    Sally Rippin
  • 'I love the grumpy cat videos, hahaha it's so grumpy ... oh, wait, wrong website. Ah yes, Creative Kids Tales. Brilliant! Getting published is an amazing, frustrating, brilliant, lonely, creative journey, and www.creativekidstales.com.au is awesome in that it helps both published and pre-published authors by providing support, inspiration, a community, and by allowing authors to learn from other authors, and who better is there to learn from .. .except maybe that grumpy cat, hahaha, hilarious.' - www.adam-wallace-books.com

    Adam Wallace
  • 'A brilliant site jam-packed with info. Whether you’re an emerging or a submerging creator, CKT is a life raft!
    Thanks, Georgie!' - jenstorer.com

    Jen Storer
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a lovely online meeting space brimming with support and ideas for writers.'

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

  • 'Creative Kids Tales is such a great website for navigating this industry – not just for authors and illustrators, but for parents and teachers and librarians and publishers and kids and storytellers of all sorts. It’s awesome!' - www.julesfaber.com

    Jules Faber
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a great forum for people who spend most of their working time alone. It is interesting and inspiring to see and hear what other authors and illustrators have to say.' - www.maisyfun.com

    Lucy Cousins
  • 'Creative Kids Tales deserves all its accolades. Thanks to its creator, the site provides brilliant support, inspiration and encouragement for anyone who loves creating children's books. I have no hesitation in passing on your link.'
    Well done, Georgie! - www.sherylgwyther.net

    Sheryl Gwyther
  • 'CKT is such a valuable site for anybody wanting to learn a bit more about making children’s books. When time travelling becomes possible, I’ll steal all the info from this site and deliver it to my younger, aspiring self.'

    - petercarnavas.com

    Peter Carnavas

  • "What a wonderful website and wealth of resources. I wish I’d discovered it sooner - but I can still enjoy it now, and have added it to my list of resources for new writers."
    "Keep it up, Georgie!" - www.wendyorr.com

    Wendy Orr
  • 'This is a great website. Nowadays, when getting published is so hard and staying published not much easier, everyone needs all the help they can get. And here's Help with a capital H!' 'Go Georgie! Creative Kids Tales is an inspiration for all writers of children's and YA fiction.' - www.richardharland.net

    Richard Harland
  • 'What a great site! We all tend to work in isolation in our own little caves. It’s great to see all the other cave dwellers out there and realise we are not alone. What a great resource!'

    - brucewhatley.com

    Bruce Whatley

  • 'Georgie and the team at Creative Kids Tales have a wonderful passion for children’s stories, and this site is a wonderful place to visit to find and share ideas!
    Well done guys!' - www.nick-falk.com

    Nick Falk
  • 'Emerging from one's chrysalis of anonymity into the prodigious world of creative children's writing and publishing is a daunting prospect. Georgie Donaghey's Creative Kids Tales is a superlative source of inspiration and information for the bourgeoning writer and illustrator. She has created an invaluable platform from which writers, both developing and established, can view, promote and share each other's work, and most importantly aspirations. A fun, friendly, and informative forum that everyone in the kids' lit industry can benefit from.' Keep it up Georgie! - dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au

    Dimity Powell
  • 'Buckets of thanks to Georgie for creating Creative Kids Tales. There’s a wealth of wonderful information and resources for everyone interested in creating books for kids – and a warm sense of community.'

    Meredith Costain
  • 'The Creative Kids Tales site is great fun and full of information about authors and their books!' - www.isobellecarmody.net

    Isobelle Carmody
  • 'I would have loved to have had access to creativekidstales.com.au when I was starting out! It's an invaluable source of information, inspiration and encouragement for both emerging (and fully-emerged!) writers.' - www.andygriffiths.com.au

    Andy Griffiths
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a treasure trove of resources and insights, compiled with dedication and enthusiasm. A wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in picture books and children's literature.' - sarah-davis.org

    Sarah Davis
  • 'If a website can be described as 'homely' or 'a friendly place for emerging writers to visit' then that's how I would describe Creative Kids Tales. It's probably the only Australian website for children's writers that I visit regularly and actually feel part of. When I need motivation, interesting writers to read about, or just a peek at my own 'baby steps' towards being a published writer, I visit the Creative Kids Tales family.' A big thank you to Georgie and Rod for a great website. - www.patsimmonswriter.com.au

    (Pat) Patricia Simmons
  • "Whether just starting out or with many books under your belt, Creative Kids Tales is the perfect place to go for all things writerly. Sharing the inner world is a wonderful thing for solitary writers, and it's all there on Georgie's website.
    Happy reading!" - tashibooks.com

    Anna Fienberg
  • 'This site is such a wonderful resource for writers and illustrators at every stage of the journey. I've learned more about some of my favourite people in children's literature here, but also had the joy of discovering whole new worlds of talent.' - annabranford.com

    Anna Branford
  • 'Everything you need is here, on Creative Kids Tales! Oh, how wonderful this would have been for the young Emma Quay, knowing she loved children’s picture books but not knowing a soul in the industry. Down to earth, comprehensive, friendly, realistic and encouraging advice — this is an invaluable resource. Bravo!' - www.emmaquay.com

    Emma Quay
  • 'Wow! What a wonderful resource.
    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'

    George Ivanoff
  • 'The long-distance marathon of writing, illustrating and publishing usually begins along a very foggy road, in the dark, shoeless. But wait! What's that light on the horizon? A glowing little cafe, full of a bunch other runners plotting out mud-maps on napkins and exchanging anecdotes, warning about ditches and praising short-cuts. Stop for a while, have a cup of tea, maybe even a shoe-fitting, then get yourself back on the road for the long slog to sunrise.' - www.shauntan.net

    Shaun Tan
  • 'CKT is like the friendly and helpful colleague I could have done with when I started out. Back then I didn’t know anyone who was a writer or illustrator of books.'

    - www.tohby.com

    Tohby Riddle

  • 'The thing I like about the Creative Kids Tales website is that the authors come across as real people who face the same problems that beginning writers do and that there’s plenty of practical advice.' - www.duncanball.com.au

    Duncan Ball
  • 'If there's anything emerging authors struggle with (beyond the dreaded writer's block), it's receiving recognition or even acknowledgment of their work – battling for a slice of that incredibly elusive publishing pie. Georgie Donaghey has created a priceless promotional and networking station that allows new authors to not only share their work, but gain the courage and nous to take their work to a whole new level. Creative Kids Tales is a valuable addition to Australia's burgeoning children's book market.' - www.taniamccartney.com

    Tania McCartney
  • Writing can be a lonely profession. By necessity, you need to work alone much of the time. But it is wonderful to have a website which eases that by connecting creators with each other and with a wealth of information and resources.
    Bravo! - sallymurphy.com.au

    Sally Murphy
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for aspiring writers that showcases emerging and published authors and illustrators and provides links to publishers' websites, helpful hints and competitions.'

    Rachel Keyes
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is great. You can pick the brains of people who make stuff without having to stalk them or do anything illegal.' - www.aaronblabeybooks.com

    Aaron Blabey
  • 'It's about time that we had something like Creative Kids Tales. It's a treasure trove for information and news, plus it showcases talent from aspiring writers. It's a wonderful springboard for anyone who wants to dive into the Children books world!'
    Keep up the fabtastic work! - www.oliverwriter.com

    Oliver Phommavanh
  • 'Thanks for being such a strong advocate for children’s literature, the power of stories, and reading.
    Keep fighting the good fight and call on me anytime.'

    Tristan Bancks
  • 'CKT is a great resource for both established and emerging authors. I like the way you're always coming up with new and exciting initiatives at your site. And I love reading the fascinating journeys and achievements of the writers you profile here.' - www.deescribe.com.au

    Dee White
  • 'What a great asset you are to the children's book industry, Georgie.
    Long may Creative Kids Tales rule!'

    Paul Collins
  • Creative Kids Tales offers a brilliant platform for established and emerging creators to keep in touch and learn from each other. That is a great thing for this most isolated of all professions (apart from On-site Antarctic Penguin Imitators). - www.terrydenton.com

    Terry Denton
  • 'Wow! Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for writers, no matter what stage of their writing journey they are at. Congratulations, Georgie, on your attractive, easy-to-navigate website, your generosity to your fellow writers and your constantly evolving ideas. Thanks on behalf of all of us.' - wendyblaxland.com

    Wendy Blaxland
  • 'Creative Kids Tales will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

    Jeff Kinney
  • 'Creative Kids Tales provides such a valuable service. Writing can be a lonely business at times, and seeking publication can be daunting. So it is especially wonderful for writers to be able to access such a comprehensive site where information, experiences and the ups and downs of writing for kids can be shared.' Well done, Georgie! - www.suewhiting.com

    Sue Whiting
  • 'Once you find an easily-accessible, up-to-date and vibrant source of writing help and encouragement, you should value it and use it! Thanks to Creative Kids Tales, that’s all available, just with the tap of your finger: www.creativekidstales.com.au
    Well done, CKT team!' - janeenbrian.com

    Janeen Brian
  • 'Congratulations on a brilliant site, and a superb first year!'.
    Jackie French is Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 – 2015

    Jackie French
  • 'What can I say? Well if you have clicked this far and uncovered these words you KNOW that this (Creative Kids Tales) is a terrific resource full of ideas and connections.
    SO dig deeper and get connected!' - www.chrischeng.com

    Christopher Cheng
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is ambitious, specific and professional - the Top Tips section alone is a must-read for every aspiring children's writer.' - jackheath.com.au

    Jack Heath
  • 'I wish Creative Kids Tales had been around when I was first starting out! What a brilliant way to connect with other authors and find out about the lovely world of kids books.' 'Go Georgie! I think you're amazing.' - www.deborahabela.com

    Deborah Abela
  • 'The details available on this site, for emerging writers (or those emerged) is incredibly helpful. From creating stories- plotting, dialogue and character building- to the support writers can seek for their work, be it mentoring or seeking a publisher, it’s all there. An excellent easy-to-access writers’ site!'

    - libbyhathorn.com

    Libby Hathorn

  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a brilliant resource – for established writers and those just starting out. I wish it had been around when I was a new writer. There are lots of invaluable tips and great advice.
    Congratulations Georgie – it’s fabulous.' - jacquelineharvey.com.au

    Jacqueline Harvey
  • 'What a wonderful website Creative Kids Tales is, supporting and helping Australian authors in their quest through the dark thorny forest of the publishing world. Georgie should be congratulated for all her hard work and fearless leadership!' - www.kateforsyth.com.au

    Kate Forsyth
  • 'Congratulations to Georgie Donaghey for her hard work and enthusiasm in setting up a site that has been sorely needed to promote current Australian children's writing. Not just for the established, but for up and coming, Creative Kids Tales showcases talent and provides information essential for anyone in the industry.' - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Dianne (Di) Bates
  • 'Creative Kids Tales offers new writers the joy of publication on their journey of craft and creativity.'
    'It’s a warm and wonderful home.'

    Susanne Gervay
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a unique and valuable online resource for new and established authors. The site provides a wealth of information and insight into the children's writing world.' 'Thanks for all your support, Georgie, and keep up the good work.' - www.aleesahdarlison.com

    Aleesah Darlison
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is an awesome resource you should totally check it out.' - raspratt.com

    R.A. Spratt
  • 'Creative Kids Tales has inspired, encouraged and supported not only the published, but also us hopefuls still learning the ways of the publishing world. Thanks for providing not only an amazing site to scroll and learn through, but also providing friendship and a real sense of chasing our dreams.' - gardenbabyfaeries.webs.com

    Kelly McDonald
  • 'Georgie Donaghey’s Creative Kids Tales is deservedly going gangbusters! What a wonderful forum and multi-storeyed resource for shiny new authors, legends of the industry and every writer in between!'

    DC Green
  • 'I’m thrilled to be Creative Kids Tales author of the month.' 'I hope in some small way by me taking part, I might help and inspire young authors and artists to follow their own artistic path.' 'The key I believe is to seek to enjoy what you do. Even though doing your best is a constant challenge I find it is a worthwhile one. So, get drawing and / or writing.' Good luck ! - www.leighhobbs.com.au

    Leigh Hobbs