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2011 So You Want to Write a Picture Book Text

2011 So You Want to Write a Picture Book Text

Who: Frances Watts
When: Sunday 2 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11WATT10

In the words of Mem Fox: ‘Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku.’ Fewer words does not mean easier writing!

Frances Watts has both written award-winning picture books and edited them. In this one-day course, Frances will explore the special narrative requirements of the picture book genre, including story arc, structure, pace, character development and visual narrative. Using this knowledge, the class will examine successful picture books, analysing how and why they work, before embarking on a series of practical exercises through which students will learn to develop ideas, and to employ the techniques of successful picture book writing in their own work. .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase One

2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase One

Who: James Roy
When: 4 x Sunday mornings: 11, 18 & 25 March & 1 April 2012, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12ROY3

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

James Roy is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and young adults. James will present this special year-long course, running over three phases, which will guide students through the process of writing a YA novel. With that in mind, participants will need to not only have a strong desire to write for teens, but will ideally have begun a project, although some may come with little more than the germ of an idea. .....

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2011 Picture books: Mastering the Art of the Bedtime Story (SOLD OUT)

2011 Picture books: Mastering the Art of the Bedtime Story (SOLD OUT)

Who: Jackie French
When: Saturday 19 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11FREN11

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What makes a best-selling picture book, or at least one that publishers hope will sell a million copies? What is the difference between an illustrated short story and a picture book? Does it really take three years to write 200 words? Why bother?

Jackie French’s writing career spans 17 years, 48 wombats, 132 books, 23 languages and over 50 awards in Australia and overseas. In this workshop, Jackie will take what seems to be the simplest art of all, practiced by every parent since we became human – the bedtime story – and show its variations, complexities and potential. .....

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2011 From Spark to Manuscript: Writing Your First YA Novel

2011 From Spark to Manuscript: Writing Your First YA Novel

Who: Georgia Clark
When: Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 December 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11CLAR12

Have you always wanted to write a Young Adult novel but had no idea where or how to start? Do you love Judy Blume or novels like Twilight and secretly think ‘I could write that’? Are you passionate and committed to storytelling for young adults?

Emotional, exciting, personal. Young adult (YA) fiction is a vibrant, popular and lucrative part of the Australian and international publishing industry. Teen fiction author Georgia Clark (She’s With The Band, Allen & Unwin) will present an intensive, interactive course that will inspire, empower and inform YA writers who are new to novel writing. Not just focusing on the craft, Georgia teaches with a strong industry focus, exploring what is popular and getting sold right now. .....

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2012 Intensive Picture Book Workshop

2012 Intensive Picture Book Workshop

Who:  Libby Gleeson
When:
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April 2012- 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Code:
  12GLEE4

Picture books are a unique literary form combining written and visual text. In this workshop students will work through the process of developing a picture book text: ideas generation, character and plot development, structure and language. In a combination of presentation and discussion, group work and one-on-one time with the tutor, students will be encouraged to take risks and to delve more deeply into the ideas they wish to explore. The state of the publishing industry as it affects picture books will also be examined. .....

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2012 Creating an Original Picture Book

2012 Creating an Original Picture Book

Who: Tohby Riddle
When: Sunday 12 Feb 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price $150; Member  $105; Conc Member $90
Code: 12RIDD2

Good work comes from good thinking. Muliti-award-winning picture book creator Tohby Riddle leads you through the process of creating and making a picture book – with an emphasis on ways of thinking about words and pictures designed to extend each person’s unique abilities and get better and more original results. .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel (Three Phases)

2012 Year of the YA Novel (Three Phases)

Who:  James Roy, featuring special guest Jody Lee
Cost: Full Price $970; Member $675 (30% discount) Conc Member $580 (40% discount). Complete course – three phases (additional 10% discount).

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

If you think this is true, consider this: some of the great novels would be considered Young Adult fiction were they to be published today – To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, even Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet feature young people finding their way in a grown-up world. .....

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2012 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

2012 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

Who:  Lisa Shanahan
When: Saturday 16 June 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This one-day writing course for beginning picture book writers outlines the journey of creating a picture book from the first seed to final story

A picture book is a unique meeting place. It’s the place where a text meets with the illustrations and the illustrations with a text. It’s a place where an adult meets with a child and a child meets with an adult. It’s a place where a child meets with themselves … and also with the world. So much in so little time! .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Two

2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Two

Who: James Roy
When: 4 x Sunday mornings: 10, 17, 24 June & 1 July 2012, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12ROY6

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

James Roy is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and young adults. James will present this special year-long course, running over three phases, which will guide students through the process of writing a YA novel. With that in mind, participants will need to not only have a strong desire to write for teens, but will ideally have begun a project, although some may come with little more than the germ of an idea. .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Three

2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Three

Who: James Roy and special guest speaker Jody Lee
When: 4 x Sunday mornings: 9, 16, 23 & 30 September 2012, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12ROY9

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

James Roy is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and young adults. James will present this special year-long course, running over three phases, which will guide students through the process of writing a YA novel. With that in mind, participants will need to not only have a strong desire to write for teens, but will ideally have begun a project, although some may come with little more than the germ of an idea. .....

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2012 Child's Play: Writing for Children

2012 Child's Play: Writing for Children

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When: Saturday 11 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Do you dream of writing bestselling books for children?  Do you love coming up with stories you believe that children would love to read? Do you want to understand the complexities of the market and how to go about getting published?   

Jacqueline Harvey will guide participants through a practical look at writing for children including critical skills and knowledge, understanding the market, finding your voice, refining and improving your work and how to approach publishers.  This course aims to give those who are keen to write for children a realistic view of what’s involved from getting started to getting published and what happens after that.  A series of activities will give budding writers opportunities to explore style, voice and other key elements of writing for children as well demystifying the publishing process.    .....

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