The Inside Scoop: Writing for Children

The Inside Scoop: Writing for Children

Who: Aleesah Darlison
Saturday 10 March 2018, 9:30am-3:30pm*
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120
*Please note early start time.

Do you dream of becoming a published children’s author? Have you written a story manuscript you think might be ready to take to the next step? Do you need advice about the submission process, publishers, contracts and agents? Attend this workshop and have all your questions answered.

Join award-winning children’s author Aleesah Darlison for an eye-opening and inspirational introduction to writing for children. She will lead you on a path to success by demystifying the children’s publishing industry: who the major players are, the formats and word lengths for various age groups and genres, how to structure submissions and who to send your work to. Topics covered will also include contracts and agents, manuscript assessments, the importance of writers’ groups and networking and the many opportunities that exist for you to get your children’s story published now.

In this practical, hands-on workshop, you’ll not only receive invaluable publishing advice, but there will also be time for writing exercises and to read out samples of your work to gain crucial feedback.

Topics Include:

  • Choosing a Genre
  • Developing Ideas
  • Series vs Stand Alone
  • Opportunities and Markets
  • The Australian Publishing Industry
  • The Submission Process
  • Securing an Agent

Student Requirements

  • Pen and paper
  • If you have one, bring a work in progress to read to the group and gain invaluable feedback.

About the tutor
Aleesah Darlison
writes picture books, chapter books, novels and series for children. Her story themes include courage, understanding, self-belief, friendship and environmental issues. She has won several awards for her writing and has had numerous short stories, articles and book reviews published across various mediums. Aleesah’s picture books include Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine, Mama & Hug, Emerald: The Green Turtle’s Tale, Fox and Moonbeam, Puggle’s Problem, Our Class Tiger (2015 Wilderness Society Award Winner, Non-Fiction), and Warambi (2012 CBCA Notable Book Non-Fiction; 2012 Wilderness Society Award for Children’s Literature Shortlist). Her novels and series include Ash Rover, Little Good Wolf, Running from the Tiger, the Totally Twins Series, the Little Witch Series, the Netball Gems Series and the Unicorn Riders Series. Aleesah travels across Australia and internationally teaching creative writing and the power and value of the written word. Visit


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