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Connect with Your Audience: Writing for Kids and YA

Connect with Your Audience: Writing for Kids and YA

Who: Tristan Bancks
When:
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.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • How to connect deeply with your audience and bring stories to life
  • How to write prose that keeps your young audience turning pages while exploring big ideas.
  • How to work with agents, publishers, editors, publicists, booksellers and educators to get the best outcome for your book.

Participant Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
Tristan Bancks
is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. His books include the My Life series, Mac Slater (Australia and US) and Two Wolves (On the Run in the US), a crime-mystery novel for middle-graders. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. It also won the YABBA and KOALA Children’s Choice Awards. Tristan’s new books are My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins, a fifth book of weird-funny-gross, semi-autobiographical short stories and The Fall, a new thriller novel for ages 10+. Tristan is a writer-ambassador for world-changing literacy charity Room to Read. He is excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can connect with him, learn more about his books, play games, watch videos and help him try to change the world here at tristanbancks.com

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