Welcome to the December 2020 edition of CKT

Goodbye 2020

It’s time to close the book on what has been a long 2020.  I know this is one novel I never want to read again!

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

This year has thrown us many challenges. More for some than others.

One positive to come from this year, is the ability for authors and illustrators to be able to visit anywhere in Australia or the world, through platforms like Zoom. Don’t get me wrong, face-to-face is more preferable, but our audience has suddenly grown with the realisation we can also offer our services online. The possibilities are now endless.

Here’s a quick look back at who we featured this year:

We have been lucky to chat with some truly inspirational organisations. Kicking off with the wonderful SCBWIFebruary 2020.

Followed by:

Happy 9th Birthday

We always round out the year with our birthday celebrations. We hope you will join us again this year LIVE on Facebook!

Click on the button below to register

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Bring On 2021

In 2021, we will be celebrating 10 years in the children’s writing industry. CKT will be changing for the better.

Here’s a teaser of what’s to come:

  • New website
  • More membership benefits
  • New services
  • New courses - including a number of exclusive Jackie French workshops
  • Creative Kids Tales Writers’ Festival in June
  • More publishing opportunities
  • More surprises
  • A new era!

Thank you to my wonderful team for your help this year.

Rod, our website Guru.

Emma, my assessment and APT coaching partner.

Susan, our Critique Group Captain

Fiona, our Intro Writer Extraordinaire.

Charlotte, my Instagram Princess.

Karen, Hayley, Susan, Fiona, Michelle, Dannielle and Jeffrey for helping for allowing me to bounce ideas off you and for helping me run our Facebook Group.

Butterfly Cake

Congratulations to the winners of Georgie's milestone birthday competition.

We had over 100 entries.

All were of an outstanding standard, which made it extremely hard to select our winners.

1st Prize – Under the Moonlight by Susannah Crispe - (A CKT Author Personal Training package valued at $297)

2nd PrizeNeves Fart Blast by Rita Batshon - (A detailed critique of their entry through the Creative Kids Tales Manuscript Assessment service valued at $100)

3rd Prize – The Last Piece of Cake by Kelly Clark - (One-year membership with Creative Kids Tales valued at $40)

2 x Highly Commended places:

What, Mr Wilson is sick? By Megan Carige

Christmas Chaos by Lyndy Lou

For more information, visit our Competitions page. https://www.creativekidstales.com.au/competitions/ckts-competitions

Jackie French

Jackie French will take you on a journey in the Creative Kids Tales workshop - Crossing the Line Between Fact and Fiction on Sunday 17 January.

History is an endless source of fascination and adventure. But where do you find the genuine voice and the details that make a book live? When do you know you have found the plot, the time and the people for a work that will hook publishers and readers - and keep them reading?

This one-hour workshop includes question time with Jackie.

Workshop date: Sunday 17 January 2021 at 3:00 PM

Price: $60

There are only three spots remaining for this Jackie French exclusive workshop.

Click on the button below to Book YOUR ticket

Book NOW!

INVEST the Write Way

I am very excited to be able to share with you that in 2021 I will be teaching my course, INVEST the Write Way at a local college. That means I won't be able to offer it online again until mid-2021.

December will be your last opportunity to attend this all-inclusive course until later next year.

Here are some of the topics covered during this course:

  • Dos and don’ts submitting to publishers
  • Building your author platform
  • Networking
  • Marketing yourself and your work
  • Author Personal Training
  • Building your website
  • Pitching to Publishers
  • Rejection
  • Contracts
  • ELR & PLR
  • Grants and residencies
  • Book launches
  • Author Etiquette
  • Should you be paid?
  • How to secure school visits
  • Talks and workshops for schools - Where do I start?

And more...

All this over 3 hours for only $75.

Click on the button below to get YOUR tickets through Trybooking.

Book NOW!

Look no further for the perfect writers' Christmas gift 🎁

This is one INVESTment opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Online via Zoom sessions:

  • 3 December (7.30pm – 8.45pm)
  • 5 December (4.30pm – 5.45pm)
  • 7 December (7.30pm – 8.45pm)

Once you've purchased your ticket you'll be sent a link to join the Zoom session.

Why not finish 2020 armed with the tools to get you off and running in 2021.

‘I had been searching for an all in one workshop to set me on the right course of action for my writing journey. There are a lot of options online but none that are as highly recommended by people. They were right about INVEST the Write Way.

I thoroughly enjoyed all three sessions. Each one was packed with current helpful information and valuable tips. I loved that Georgie shared her personal and professional stories, giving a rare insight into the life of an author and the publishing industry. SO much covered in only 3 sessions.’- Mistie

Have you signed up for our new newsletter?

We've added a new little button to the Creative Kids Tales homepage. If you'd like to subscribe to our newsletter and receive the latest updates, click on 'Yes, Count me in' and we'll do the rest.


Who visits Creative Kids Tales - December 2020

In September 1925, four distinguished women journalists called a meeting to establish a society to bring together women writers in New South Wales. Now 95 years later, the Society of Women Writers has welcomed hundreds of members through its doors.

You can read more about the Society of Women Writers as introduced by our intro writer, Fiona Lloyd.

Creative Kids Tales is proud to have paved the way for many of the sites that now compliment the Australian children’s writing industry. As always, we remain resolute in our commitment to servicing you and our valuable industry.

2021 will be an exciting year for our members as we expand on our services and cement our status within the industry. We hope you will come along for the ride.

From Emma (MS Assessor & APT Coach), Fiona (CKT Intro Writer), Susan (CKT Critique Captain), Rod (website guru) and myself (Georgie) we thank you for walking alongside us for another year. We hope we have been able to assist you on your creative journey.

See you in February 2021 with an exciting and shiny brand new site.

Goodbye Smiley

Are you an Emerging Author or Illustrator?

We continue to welcome new emerging authors and illustrators to our family.

  • What writing goals have you set this year?
  • Do you want to build your author platform and promote your name in the children's writing community?
  • Do you want your profile and work to be potentially viewed by thousands each month?
  • Are you looking for resources, tips, tools and opportunities to assist you on your journey to publication?
  • Do you have a manuscript that needs some TLC? Do you want to take your writing to the next level? We offer Manuscript Assessments and Author Personal Training.
  • Perhaps you have a story idea you’ve been itching to share? Membership with Creative Kids Tales includes access to our online critique group.

  You can tick all the above with a Creative Kids Tales membership.

For only $40 per year for a standard profile or $60 if you want a combined author/illustrator profile, you can promote yourself on an industry recognised Australian website that is viewed globally.

Take that next step and make this year, YOUR year.

For information about membership with Creative Kids Tales, please email:


Tips from the Experts

Have you ever want to know what advice your favourite Australian author lives by?

Here you will find ‘Top Tips’ from the cream of Australian children’s literature.



The Author’s Shelf podcasts

Back in 2015 we launched the Creative Kids Tales YouTube channel. You can hear audio interviews with authors and illustrators from my time on The Author’s Shelf, and a few produced post show such as interviews with Wendy Orr, Morris Gleitzman, Mem Fox and Tristan Bancks.

For those who like visuals, I put together a slideshow for each interview. The great thing about having a podcast, is you can listen to them anywhere. So next time you’re travelling to work, gardening, or even relaxing in the bath why not check out our YouTube channel. We hope you find them informative and inspiring.

Listen to podcasts 


For information about:

  • Becoming a Creative Kids Tales member.
  • How we can further assist you on your journey to publication.
  • Feedback on our website.

Please email: 

That’s all from us this month. Enjoy!


Happy writing!

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

    Jackie French
  • '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

  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • 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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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 would’ve been mighty handy to know about back when I was sitting about drawing and writing and having no idea what to do with any of it! Go explore and create knowing you have such an amazing resource at your back!'

    - www.heathmck.com

    Heath McKenzie

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

    Paul Collins
  • '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 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
  • '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
  • 'Having been a publisher and an author and now proprietor of Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage, I am passionate about promoting children’s books. Creative Kids Tales is such a welcome part of this network and I salute them for their support and their inspiration to so many. On their seventh birthday I wish them many, many happy returns.'

    - www.pinerolo.com.au

    Margaret Hamilton

  • '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
  • 'CKT is informative, relevant, recent and fun! It’s an exceptional resource for anyone involved in children’s literature.'

    - www.timharrisbooks.com

    Tim Harris

  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • 'Creative Kids tales is the perfect place to go for inspiration and to recharge the creative batteries.'

    - www.franelessac.com

    Frané Lessac

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

    Isobelle Carmody
  • '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
  • '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
  • "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! What a wonderful resource.
    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'

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

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

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

    R.A. Spratt
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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 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 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
  • '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
  • 'It's easy to feel alone when writing, and clueless about what happens next. Creative Kids Tales offers answers and community - invaluable resources.'

    - www.clairesaxby.com

    Claire Saxby

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

    Jeff Kinney
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • "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
  • '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
  • '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 fabulous community of passionate, hardworking and committed writers. If you're looking for new and exciting talent that's dedicated to the children's book industry - look no further than CKT!'

    - www.waichim.com

    Wai Chim

  • 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
  • '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
  • 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
  • '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

  • 'Creative Kids Tales contributes a wonderful sense of community to the Australian kids’ book scene, from sharing insightful interviews, to writing competitions and now a conference. It’s a great organisation to follow online and be a part of!'

    - www.onemorepagepodcast.com

    One More Page podcast

  • '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

  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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