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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

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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.

CBCA NSW - Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program 2017

CBCA Aspiring Writers Program 2017


Opens on 1 February 2017


 Closes on 31 July 2017 

The 2017 CBCA NSW Branch Inc Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program opens today, to all Australian citizens residing in Australia.

Previously only open to NSW residents, CBCA NSW Branch Inc President, Gail Erskine thanks HarperCollins Children’s Books for their sponsorship. This provides the wonderful opportunity of accepting manuscripts from unpublished children’s writers, who reside across Australia.

The 2017 winner will receive the Charlotte Waring Barton Award, named in honour of Charlotte Waring Barton (1797–1867), the author of Australia’s earliest known children’s book. Along with an extensive mentorship program from HarperCollins Children’s Books involving two - three-hour guidance sessions with a published HarperCollins author, as well as an additional three hours with HarperCollins staff, including a publisher, an editor and a marketing communications manager.

Entries for the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program open on 1 February 2017 and close on 31 July 2017.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to submit a manuscript, please visit:  nsw.cbca.org.au/pages/aspiring-writers-mentorship-program-2017

For further information and interviews, please contact:

Felicity Jagavkar Business Manager CBCA NSW Branch Inc T: 02 98183858 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Holly Frendo, Publicity Manager HarperCollins T: 02 9952 5072 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Greenleaf Press - KinderFest

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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

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Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers & Illustrators 2018

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Applications open on 16 June 2017


Applications close on 30 July 2017

Applications open on 16 June 2017 and close 30 July 2017

Varuna the National Writers House invites writers and illustrators from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residential Fellowship.

A Varuna Residential Fellowship offers writers and illustrators working across a wide range of literary genres and forms the gift of uninterrupted time and to develop a new work in an inspiring environment and a collegial atmosphere.

Fellowships include full board and accommodation including a private writing studio at Varuna the National Writers House in the world heritage Blue Mountains region of NSW.

Varuna assesses applications on merit and clarity of work plan and encourages writers from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their career development to apply.

Varuna will award thirty Fellowships in 2017 with residencies of two or three weeks available to be taken between January and end of May 2018.

The quiet was the most crucial thing and the windows and the bookshelves, and the access to local walks. Dinners were wonderful! An excellent system of self-serve during the day and fantastic home cooked shared meal at night.

For full details of the program and to apply, please visit: www.varuna.com.au

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Phone: (02) 4782 5674

Closing Date for applications: 30 July 2017


Varuna - the National Writers House
Eleanor Dark Foundation Ltd
141 Cascade St (PO Box 907)
Katoomba NSW 2780
Phone: (02) 4782 5674
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The Ampersand Prize

Ampersand Prize


Submissions open Monday 10th July 2017 


 Submissions close Friday 28th July 2017

The 2017 Ampersand Prize will open for submissions in July, with submissions now accepted over three weeks instead of two. 

Each year, the team at Hardie Grant Egmont throws open the doors for the Ampersand Prize and puts out the call for manuscripts by unpublished writers. The Ampersand Prize aims to find brilliant debut novels by writers of young adult and middle-grade fiction. If we fall in love with a manuscript, the writer receives an advance against royalties, a publishing contract, and full editorial development to bring their book to market.

Established in 2012, the Ampersand Prize is the premier award for debut novelists in Australia and New Zealand. It has launched the career of a number of successful and award-winning writers, including Melissa Keil (Life in Outer SpaceThe Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Science of Magic) and Erin Gough (The Flywheel).

2015 Prize-winner Cally Black, will release her debut novel In the Dark Spaces in August 2017 and last year's winner Rhiannon Williams was awarded the prize for her debut fantasy adventure for middle-grade readers, Little Ott Colter (coming 2018).

This year the Ampersand Prize will open submissions from Monday 10th July and close Friday 28th July 2017. The winner will be announced in October 2017.

For more information visit: www.hardiegrant.com/au/egmont/ampersand-prize


Imagine If - University of Canberra

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Monday 10th July 2017


 Wednesday 30th August 2017 

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created by Bob Graham for Imagine if …


you could see the original artworks of Australia's most-loved picture book illustrators - those creators whose stories and artwork we return to over and over again. You can in our Imagine if … exhibition!


From Monday 10 July through Wednesday 30 August, you can explore the original artworks of many of Australia’s most esteemed picture book illustrations. We will also reveal the creative process with displays of have preliminary artwork and manuscripts. We will have sessions for children and professional development for teachers, librarians and budding writers and illustrators.


Clive Price Suite, Building 1, University of CanberraMonday – Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm


Forty original artworks from the never-seen-before CBCA Children's Book Week collection as well as jewels from our Centre.


Kerry Argent, Graeme Base, Freya Blackwood, Ron Brooks, Neil Curtis, Kylie Dunstan, Vivienne Goodman, Peter Gouldthorpe, Bob Graham, Brian Harrison-Lever, Elizabeth Honey, Patricia Mullins, Narelle Oliver, Matt Ottley, Gregory Rogers, Anne Spudvilas, Shaun Tan, Jane Tanner, and Steven Woolman.

For more information visit: www.canberra.edu.au/national-centre-for-australian-childrens-literature/news-events


SCBWI - Q&A with A&U

SCBWI QA with AU 2017


Sunday 30 July 2017 

Allen & Unwin publisher Anna McFarlane answers the Who, What and Why of Children’s publishing for authors and illustrators.


Michelle Morgan author, playwright, songwriter discusses the pathway to independent publishing and promotion.


Sunday 30 July 2017

1pm – 4pm

Located near the entrance on Level 1,

Woollahra Library

536 New South Head Road, Double Bay NSW 2028


All welcome but Bookings Essential • SCBWI Members $20 • Non-SCBWI Members $30

Bookings at Trybooking: www.trybooking.com/PYLC

Includes Afternoon Tea and Coffee



1.00pm – 1.15pm  Coffee/tea/welcome

1.15pm – 1.30pm  SCBWI news

1.30pm – 2.15pm  Michelle Morgan

2.30pm – 3.00pm  Anna McFarlane Q&A for Illustrators  

3.00pm – 3.40pm  Anna McFarlane Q&A for authors

3.40pm– 4.00pm  Q&A, networking and coffee


Byron Writers Festival - 2017

Byron Writers Festival 2017


  4th August 2017 


  6th August 2017 

From the Director

Welcome to the 21st Byron Writers Festival. The Festival team and I are proud to introduce this thought-provoking line-up of more than 130 writers and thinkers whose works are destined to inspire, educate, divert and sometimes even disturb. These masters of storytelling will unfold new horizons, entertain and provoke – and deliver powerful memories.

Their contributions will bring to life the observation of respected philosopher A.C. Grayling (a regular Byron Bay visitor) whose insight into books and reading poignantly informs this year’s Program:

To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage, which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.

In this spirit we commissioned a captivating image of birds signifying the essence of the 2017 Program. They evoke migration, navigation, endurance and free movement across our imagined and man-made borders. Birds are also, of course, abundant in Byron and participants too in our beautiful outdoor Festival.

Countless lovers of books and writing flock to our celebration, to share in conversations that ebb and flow, spawn insights, memories and conversations that inevitably carry far and wide.

This Festival will especially highlight lessons and learnings from nature, and continue to examine the vital role of storytelling in our turbulent, confounding and ever-changing world.

On behalf of the team, I warmly invite you to join us in our beautiful coastal town to be a part of the 21st Byron Writers Festival.

Edwina Johnson, Director

2017 Guest Line-Up

Nicole Abadee, Deng Thiak Adut, Sarah Armstrong, Melissa Ashley, Hilary Badger, Julia Baird, Tristan Bancks, Paul Barclay, Jimmy Barnes, Kuna Basu, Caroline Baum, Jesse Blackadder, Sarah Blasko, Merlinda Bobis, Lisa Brockwell, Phil Brown, Jennifer Byrne, Edna Carew, Susan Carland, Barrie Cassidy, Alan Close, Roger Cohen, Kate Cole-Adams, Matt Condon, Cosentino, Arielle Cottingham, Bryan Dawe, Tony Doherty, Jennifer Down, Robert Drewe, Jill Eddington, Malcolm Farr, Richard  Fidler, Angie Fiedler, Peter FitzSimons, Tim Flannery, Mei Fong, Andrew Ford, Clementine Ford, David Free, Antony Funnell, Nikki Gemmell, David Gillespie, Madeline Gleeson, Morris Gleitzman, Roanna Gonsalves, Kate Grenville, Sophie Hamley, Chris Hanley, Peter Harrison, David George Haskell, Lynda Hawryluk, Ashley Hay, Jerath Head, Jim  Hearn, Anita Heiss, Peter Helliar, Lex Hirst, Mark Holden, Rebecca Huntley, Jane Hutcheon, Graeme Innes, Zacharey Jane, Erik Jensen, Barry Jones, Tony Jones, Sarah Kanowski, Delta Kay, Hannah Kent, Andrew  Knight, Anneli Knight, Ben Knight, Laura Kroetsch, Eka Kurniawan, Christina Lamb, Steven Lang, Meshel  Laurie, Sylvie  Le Clezio , Bri Lee, David Leser, Hans Lovejoy, John Lyons, Bec Mac, Kim Mahood, Kenan Malik, David Marr, Pippa Masson, Charles Massy, Ben Mckelvey, Caro  Meldrum-Hanna, Miles Merrill, Rosemarie Milsom, Vayu Naidu, Mandy Nolan, Kerry O’Brien, Mick O’Regan, Bruce Pascoe, A.S. Patric, Tex  Perkins, Ailsa Piper, Lucas Proudfoot, Alice Pung, Karen Radzyner, Sally Riley, Sally Rippin, Mirandi Riwoe, Michael Robotham, Henry Rosenbloom, Nicholas Rothwell, Richard Roxburgh, Magdalena Roze, Jonathan Safran, Michael Sala, Julianne Schultz, Kim Scott, Jock Serong, Adam Shoemaker, Venkat Raman Singh Shyam, Sebastian Smee, Dava Sobel, Adam Spencer, Tracey Spicer, Adam Suckling, Heather Taylor Johnson, Peter Thompson, Holly Throsby, Laura Tingle, Ian Townsend, Charlie Veron, Sandy Verschoor, Lisa Walker, Wendy Were, Emrys Westacott, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Lisa Wilkinson, Robyn Williams, Geordie Williamson, Susan Wyndham, Josh Yeldham, Lawrie Zion.

For ticket and further information visit: byronwritersfestival.com

The NSW Writers' Centre - Connect with Your Audience: Writing for Kids and YA

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Saturday 12 August 2017, 10am-4pm

Two Wolves - Tristan Bancks

Who: Tristan Bancks
Saturday 12 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Early/emerging writers

In this information-packed full-day course for emerging children’s and YA writers, award-winning author Tristan Bancks gives intimate insight into the creative and business aspects of working as a full-time author for young people.

In the morning you’ll discuss and learn how to connect deeply with your audience and bring your stories to life on the page, in live talks and through digital media. Discover how to write prose that keeps your audience turning pages while exploring big ideas. Explore the use of images, video, maps, personal history and music in developing your story world and characters as Tristan has done for his books The Fall, and Two Wolves.

In the afternoon, gain tips on working with agents, publishers, editors, publicists, booksellers and educators to get the best outcome for your book, and to survive and thrive in the world of children’s literature.

You’ll finish the day with a range of new writing tools to add to your toolbox and the inspiration and information to put them to into action.

For more information: www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/writing-for-children-and-young-adults/connect-with-your-audience-writing-for-kids-and-ya


Environment Award for Children’s Literature - 2017

Environment Award for Childrens Literature 2017



12 August 2017 

All welcome

Join The Wilderness Society and former Environment Award for Children’s Literature winner, Trace Balla, as we announce the winners of the 2017 Award!

When | 3pm, 12 August 2017 (doors from 2:30pm) Where | The Little Bookroom—Carlton North, Victoria, 3054

Drinks and nibbles provided. One lucky door prize winner will receive a copy of Trace’s new book, Rockhopping and Rivertime—which won the Environment Award for Children’s Literature in 2015, as well as all ten shortlisted titles!

To register visit  www.eventbrite.com.au/e/awards-ceremony-2017-environment-award-for-childrens-literature-eacl-tickets


Queensland Writers Centre - Picture Books workshop

with Author/Illustrator, Shannon Horsfall

QWC Picture Books workshop


12 August 2017

This workshop focuses on picture book structure, illustration and design. Shannon will explore story arcs and the importance of illustration to tell the story alongside—and sometimes in contrast to—words. She will show participants how to allow the illustrations to speak, create dynamism or quiet through layout, and discuss the process of printing to give a better understanding of layout, sheet size, pagination and colour reproduction.  

A workshop for all writers.

Date and Time: 12 August 2017, 10.30 am – 1.30 pm.

Queensland Writers Centre
Level 2, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, QLD 4101

About Shannon Horsfall

Shannon Horsfall is an author illustrator with a background in graphic design. Her first picture book Was Not Me! was published in July 2016 by Harper Collins, who are also publishing her next picture book, Nomax!, in June 2017. A multi-award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and copywriter with an extensive portfolio showcasing projects for corporate, arts and not-for-profit organisations.

For full details, cost and to book, visit: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/picture-books-with-shannon-horsfall-tickets


Writers Unleashed Festival 2017

Shire Writers Festival 2017


Saturday 19 August 2017

Prices are $95 for the day (fully catered) and $120 for an editor consultation (only a few remaining).

For further information and our program visit our website: www.shirewritersfestival.weebly.com

Like our facebook and twitter pages: www.facebook.com/shirewritersfestival and

Twitter: @shirewritefest

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StoryArts Festival 2017

StoryArts Festival Ipswich 2017


  02 September 2017 


  10 September 2017 

The StoryArts Festival Ipswich began in 1995 as the Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature and has been held every two years since then. The festival offers FREE sessions for children and low cost sessions for adults and young adults with an interest in children’s literature such as teachers, librarians, and emerging writers and illustrators.

The festival aims to increase an awareness of the value of the arts in relation to writing and illustration and help build and maintain increased audiences for children’s literature. We plan to inspire young people to buy and read more books and gain an appreciation of the processes involved in writing and illustrating. We also aim to enthuse teachers and parents about the value of stories and encourage them to promote literature to young people. The Ipswich Festival is organized and funded mainly by the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network.

The dates for 2017 are 2-10 September.

For more information visit: idtl.net.au/events/story-arts-festival-2017


Brisbane Writers Festival

Brisbane Writers Festival 2017


6 September 2017


10 September 2017

Brisbane Writers Festival, 6 - 10 September. Tickets will be on sale from late July. 

Brisbane Writer’s Festival is back for the 55th time with something for everyone! Delight in the books and writers you love and discover new ones. Join BWF in conversations ranging from fiction and politics to science and sport.

Word Play - our program for young readers, storytellers and illustrators – will be on sale in May, and the full BWF program is on sale in July.

Presented by UPLIT as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival, Word Play is our annual Education Program where young readers, illustrators and storytellers can enter other worlds built on the year's best literature and stories.

Word Play 2017 is a collision of imagination, celebration and exploration as students and teachers from across Queensland dive into literary wonderlands.

Within the Word Play program lies adventures with Wendy Orr and Mark Smith; the past re-examined with Jackie French and Wai Chim; artistic explorations with Peter Carnavas and Leigh Hobbs; discussions about diversity with Randa Abdel-Fattah and James Moloney; and literary love-ins with Anna Fienberg and Steven Herrick. 

And this year, we're introducing a new dimension to Word Play especially for teachers with our Professional Development sessions, education resources and much more!

For more information visit: uplit.com.au/festival/word-play-2017/program


Faber Writing Academy - Getting Published as a Writer for Children - Sydney

with Jane Godwin, Davina Bell + guest (TBC)

Faber Writing Academy


Saturday 14 October 2017

Jane Godwin

Allen & Unwin - Sydney
83 Alexander St
Crows Nest NSW 2065
(Please note access is via stairs)

Course fee: $295 (inc. GST)

Are you a new writer for children? This one-day course offers an understanding of what goes on inside a publishing house, how publishers make their choices, how to give yourself the best chance of publication and what to expect from the publishing process. It also provides an opportunity to discuss the author-publisher relationship with an experienced author and illustrator. Learn more about the industry, explore different ways to approach your writing and build a strong story, and become aware of common pitfalls.

The program will include feedback on your work and will address the much-asked questions:

  • What are publishers looking for?
  • Which publishers should I submit to?
  • What should I submit?
  • How can I polish my writing?
  • What resources are available to me as a writer?
  • Do I need an agent?
  • What should I know about genres, age groups and the current market?
  • What happens once my book is accepted?
  • How can I make the most of the publishing relationship?

This workshop requires you to send in a sample of your writing and to think about how to pitch your book. See 'How to apply' for further details.

The course includes:

  • A full day of intensive tuition from 10am to 4pm
  • Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

For more information: faberwritingacademy.com.au/getting_published_as_a_writer_for_children_SYD

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Phone: (02) 8425 0171

Student testimonials:

'Thank you for providing such a valuable opportunity. The day felt inclusive no matter where each participant was on their publication/writing journey. A very inspirational day! ' Katrina, Sydney (2016)

'I can't really fault it! It is the most useful, informative and well-run course I have been to. I think the small group structure works really well.' Emma, Melbourne (2016)


Faber Writing Academy - Getting Published as a Writer for Children - Melbourne

with Susannah Chambers + guests to be announced

Faber Writing Academy


Saturday 14 October 2017

Susannah Chambers

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002

Course fee: $295 (inc. GST)

This one-day course offers new writers for children an understanding of what goes on inside a publishing house, how publishers make their choices, how to increase the chance of publication and what to expect from the publishing process. It also provides an opportunity to discuss the author-publisher relationship with an experienced author and illustrator.

The program will include feedback on your work and will address the much-asked questions:

  • What are publishers looking for?
  • Which publishers should I submit to?
  • What should I submit?
  • How can I polish my writing?
  • What makes a persuasive covering letter?
  • Do I need an agent?
  • What should I know about genres, age groups and the current market?
  • What happens once my book is accepted?
  • How can I make the most of the publishing relationship?

This workshop requires you to send in a sample of your writing and to think about how to pitch your book. See 'How to apply' for further details.

The course includes:

  • A full day of intensive tuition from 10am to 4pm
  • Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks
  • A 10% discount on full priced books purchased at any Readings shop - the official bookseller for the Academy (not valid for online purchases, other offers, lay-bys or special orders)

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

For more information: faberwritingacademy.com.au/gp-as-a-writer-for-children-melb

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Phone: (02) 8425 0171

Student testimonials

'I can't really fault it! It is the most useful, informative and well-run course I have been to. I think the small group structure works really well.' Emma (2016)

'Susannah gave so much information in such a short time, precisely and clearly.' Amanda (2015)

'It was good to get an honest picture of children's publishing from those in the business. Very interesting.' Kelli (2014)


Celebrate Reading National Conference - 2017

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Friday 27th October 2017


 Saturday 28th October 2017

Join us in 2017 for our Celebrate Reading National Conference - The Inside Story on Quality Australian Literature for Children


Celebrate Reading National Conference 2017

For more information: www.celebratereading.org.au

The NSW Writers' Centre - Writing for Children

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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 

Alice Miranda at School

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
Level: All

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.

For more information: www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/writing-for-children-and-young-adults/writing-for-children


Greenleaf Press - Sunshine Writers Retreat

Relax. Create. Connect. Explore. GROW.

Greenleaf Press - Sunshine Writers Retreat


Thursday 9 November, 2017


Sunday 12 November, 2017 

The Retreat Experience

Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 November, 2017

Calling all aspiring, emerging and established authors!

Brand new to Queensland is this incredible writers retreat experience. You'll enjoy 3.5 days in the gorgeous Sunshine Coast hinterland where you'll learn from some of Australia's foremost authors and guest speakers from the publishing industry.

​The retreat will be held at Montville Country Cabins, which is located close to beautiful Montville Village where you'll find cafes, restaurants and shops.

Spend time networking, sharing, learning, soaking up the atmosphere, being inspired and motivated to create. You'll love this retreat so much, you'll never want to go home!

The unique retreat program provides a perfect balance for learning and creating and has been specially developed to provide a ‘holistic’ approach to assist you in developing the various components of your manuscript over the 3.5 days.

Price: $1290 inc GST per person twin share *

For more information: www.greenleafpress.net/sunshine-writers-retreat


The NSW Writers' Centre - Creating Unique Picture Books

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Saturday 25 November 2017, 10am-4pm

Alphabetical Sydney

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.

For more information: www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/writing-for-children-and-young-adults/creating-unique-picture-books


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

    R.A. Spratt
  • 'Wow! What a wonderful resource.
    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'

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

    Jackie French
  • '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
  • '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
  • 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’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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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 great asset you are to the children's book industry, Georgie.
    Long may Creative Kids Tales rule!'

    Paul Collins
  • '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
  • '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 offers new writers the joy of publication on their journey of craft and creativity.'
    'It’s a warm and wonderful home.'

    Susanne Gervay
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • 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
  • '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
  • 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
  • '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 will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

    Jeff Kinney
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • "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
  • '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 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
  • '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
  • '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
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a lovely online meeting space brimming with support and ideas for writers.'

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

  • '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
  • '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
  • '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