Online Feedback Intensive: Children's Writing

Online Feedback Intensive: Children's Writing

Who: Aleesah Darlison
11 February through 21 June, online
Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245

You’ve written some picture books or early readers – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye.

Receive expert monthly feedback from award-winning author Aleesah Darlison and develop your writing skills over five months in this intensive online course. Each month from February to June, you’ll submit either a picture book text (up to 800 words) or an early reader/chapter book text (up to 1500 words), via email. The following week, Aleesah will send you tailored feedback, giving you time to incorporate her suggestions and advice into the next month’s submission. Each month, you can either submit new or previously submitted writing. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to read and comment on other course participants’ stories: this process of giving and receiving feedback from fellow emerging writers is an ideal way to determine what works, what resonates, what falls flat – and how to improve. 

If you’re ready to challenge yourself and develop your skills through constructive critique and independent work, this is the course for you.

Please note, this is a feedback-based course. While you are welcome to generate new material for submission during this time, no prompts or themes will be provided.

Regarding picture books: Industry standard word count is generally a maximum of 500 words. It’s rare that longer picture books text would be published, so shorter submissions are encouraged. This feedback course will help you learn how to write more concise picture book text.

Participant Requirements
Email access and confidence using computer software and online platforms.

Please note: Submissions of picture book text (up to 800 words) or early reader text (up to 1500 words) are due on the following dates:
Sunday 11 February
Sunday 11 March
Sunday 8 April
Sunday 6 May
Monday 11 June

Feedback is due by midnight on the following dates:
Wednesday 21 February
Wednesday 21 March
Wednesday 18 April
Wednesday 16 May
Thursday 21 June

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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