Elise JonesFeedback & Workshopping Day -
Revising your book for children & young adults

with Elise Jones

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $295 / $250 alumni


Aspiring writers need quality feedback on their work, received in a constructive and supportive environment. But how and where can you find it?

Established authors receive lots of editorial support from publishers, from first-draft stage onwards, while unpublished authors must hone their book themselves. Workshopping can be an incredibly useful part of this process.

This course will give you some practical tools to help you get the best feedback possible from your writers’ group, friends or family.

Each participant will receive fifteen minutes of tutor feedback (in front of the class), plus ten minutes of feedback from the group. Learning to give feedback is an important part of learning to receive it.

This practical approach will allow the class to examine the broad range of editorial matters that will arise, which can be applied to your own writing: structural and copyediting issues that relate to all types of writing (style, voice, characterisation etc), plus issues specific to writing for young people.

A priority of the day will be to create a warm and nurturing environment in which to share work. If you find the mere prospect of sharing your writing terrifying…this is probably the course you should come along to!

There will be no class-time allocated to reading, so to get the most out of the day, you’ll need to read all participants’ work (picture books, junior fiction/middle grade excerpts, young adult excerpts) ahead of time.

Please submit your writing by Monday 14 May 2018. (Late applicants may be accepted, but must submit their work immediately, to be fair to other participants and ensure they don’t miss out on receiving feedback on their work.) You will be sent an email after you book explaining how to submit your work or for information now click here.

The workshop will include:
• A full day of intensive tuition from 10am to 4.30pm
• Lunch and refreshments
• A complimentary copy of an A&U publication
• A 10% discount on full-priced books purchased at any Readings shop – the official bookseller for the Academy (not valid for online purchases, other offers, lay-bys or special orders)

This masterclass is limited to 10 students. Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Student feedback from Elise's Revise, Revise, Revise course:

‘Elise was so wonderfully approachable and covered the author/editor relationship in such honest detail…She made the whole “getting published” thing feel so much more approachable!’

‘It was the way Elise spoke about her relationships with the authors she works with that highlighted the calibre of Allen & Unwin’s editors. She talked about the authors and their books with respect and passion, and it was clear how much she loved her job, how much fun she had with the authors and how much she cared about making their books into their best possible version. As a freelance non-fiction editor, I understand how connected you become with authors and how invested you become in the success of their books, but Elise took this to a whole new level. She was inspiring.’ Read more from Karen Comer.

If you are interested in the state of the market and children’s publishing generally, you may want to consider our one-day course Getting Published as a Writer for Childreninstead – or as well! This course will run later in the year. Please contact us if you would like to register your interest.

About the tutor

Elise Jones
is a Senior Editor of books for kids and teens with Allen & Unwin, where she’s worked since 2000, first managing submissions, then as an editor for eleven years.

Elise has won the FAW Barbara Ramsden Award for Excellence in Editing, judged the Aurealis Awards, served on the Express Media Board, completed the Varuna Residential Editorial Program, participated in events like KidLitVic, Writers from the Intersection pitching day, ACAF and Melbourne Writers’ Festival, and contributed (modestly) to the organisation of Homecooked Comics Festival since its inception. She is also Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin’s Melbourne Manager.

Elise works with some of Australia's best-loved young adult and children’s book creators, including Leigh Hobbs, Roland Harvey, Trace Balla, Freya Blackwood, Kim Kane, Elise Hurst, Gabrielle Williams, Craig Smith, Sofie Laguna, Mac Park, Michael Camilleri, Gregory Mackay and many more.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.

N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 30 cents ($0.30)
You will receive a follow-up email after you book the course explaining how to submit your writing so that the tutor and your fellow classmates can read it before the day. You will be emailed the work of the others in the class separately.

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy:
faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com or (02) 8425 0171