Writing for Children

Writing for Children

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
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

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. 

Participant Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
Jacqueline Harvey
grew up telling stories.  From a young age she harboured dreams of becoming a teacher and author. With plenty of outstanding educators around her, making a career as a teacher was the easy part.  Having never met a real life author, writing was far more perplexing.  It wasn’t until she was working as a teacher she met her first published author and the dream grew.  She is now one of Australia’s bestselling authors for children with 32 books published to date. Her Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series’ have sold over one million copies in Australia and have attracted numerous shortlistings and awards while her first and only picture book, The Sound of the Sea was an Honour Book in the 2006 Children’s Book Council Awards. In 2012, Jacqueline resigned from a 20-year career in education to become a full-time writer and speaker. 


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