Welcome to the April 2018 edition of CKT
With barely time to breathe, we are just over a quarter way through the year.
Last month emerging and published children’s authors from around Australia came together for the Creative Kids Tales Writers’ Festival. Isn’t it amazing what you can pull together in 9 weeks! Not recommended though. It was an amazing celebration of children’s literature.
Our presenters inspired and educated covering a variety of topics including:
- 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 an editor/publisher’s desk?
- How to write a successful series.
- The marriage of author and illustrator to produce a successful picture book.
- Writing about what you know.
- Making a difference with your stories.
- Rejection – Why it isn’t a bad thing.
- Marketing yourself and your work.
- And more, more, more.
You can read all about our festival under the ‘What’s New’ tab. Look for the CKT Writers’ Festival 2018 - Wrap Up
This month we launch our first competition for 2018 - Felines, Farts or Frightening Places Writing Competition. We’ve decided on two categories – chapter or picture book.
We thought we’d give you some fun prompts to work with for our first writing competition for 2018 - Felines, Farts or Frightening Places. Who doesn’t love felines? Frightening places conjures up all sorts of creative ideas and farts well just say the word and kids get the giggles. Now it’s time to tickle our judge’s funny bones or scare them, we’ll leave it up to you.
You can submit either a first chapter of up to 1000 words or a picture book of no more than 650 words. We have some fantastic prizes for our winners with Faber Academy again supporting us.
We recently hinted about a follow-up publication to our 2017 CKT Story Collection. Stay tuned for more information soon. This project will only be open to existing members of CKT. For more information about membership with Creative Kids Tales visit www.creativekidstales.com.au/about-ckt/ckt-membership
Over the years we have kept our membership prices low. When our running costs increased we opted not to pass those on. Unfortunately, we are unable to sustain the running of this site at our 2015 prices. As from 1st April 2018, we’ll be increasing our author or illustrator memberships from $30 per year to $40 per year. If you are an author illustrator and would like two profiles on our site, membership for a combined membership will be $60 per year. This small increase will ensure you continue to receive all the benefits our site has to offer. If you’ve not taken a test drive around our website for a while we encourage you to do so, there could be lots you are missing out on.
Added bonus - From 1st April 2018, when you join or renew your existing membership with Creative Kids Tales, we’ll send you a small gift as our way of saying thanks and welcoming you to the CKT family.
Don’t forget to check out our Upcoming Events page for courses, festivals and workshops around the country.
If you want to learn the craft of writing for children we recommend - Creative Kids Tales Author Personal Training - More than Mentorship.
Just because someone likes to run, doesn’t mean they can enter a marathon. To ensure they are capable of getting across the line, marathon entrants train long and hard. Competition in the writing industry is fierce. If you hope to get over that finish line, consider personal training with those who have the knowledge and experience to help you. Be warned that as we coach you to build the skills you need, we will hold no punches.
What to know more? Pop over to www.creativekidstales.com.au/services/author-personal-training to read all about this exciting new resource.
Also coming soon - Workshops for kids - Growing with and nurturing our readers existing talents is what we are all about but what about the ones we write for – the kids? Well, we have that covered too. If you know someone aged 9-13 who might be interested stay tuned.
That’s all from us this month.