Saturday 11th August
$60 members / $90 non members
Writing books for children and young adults is a privilege and a joy. As both published author and children’s book editor, Sue Whiting is able to provide much insight into this exciting field. From picture books through to middle grade novels, this course will explore the unique challenges that writing for children presents and examine what it takes to make a manuscript catch an editor’s eye.
As well as providing an overview of the field, the course will put the spotlight on some of the essential elements of successful writing for children, such as rediscovering your inner child, writing from deep within a child’s point of view, developing an authentic voice, creating living, breathing characters and finding that elusive original idea.
Partcipants are invited to bring along a sample of their work to share with the group for discussion and feedback. (This is an invitation, not a requirement.)
Tutor Sue Whiting
A former primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature, Sue Whiting has worked in the publishing industry for almost twenty years, both as an author and editor of books for children and young adults.
Sue has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, and is published in Australia and internationally. Her middle grade novel Get a Grip, Cooper Jones and nonfiction picture book, Platypus were both named CBCA Notable Books, and her picture book, A Swim in the Sea, illustrated by Meredith Thomas, was the Speech Pathologists’ 2014 Book of the Year. Her new middle grade novel, Missing will be released in March 2018 and her picture book, Beware the Deep Dark Forest, illustrated by Annie White, in August.
Sue was Publishing Manager and Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books Australia for ten years, before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing and to work from home as a freelance editor, writing coach and mentor. Visit her website and blog at suewhiting.com.
Payment and Registration
Members' fee $60.00
Non-Members' fee $90.00
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