Erica WagnerGetting Published as a Writer for Children

with Erica Wagner + guests

Allen & Unwin - Sydney
83 Alexander St
Crows Nest NSW 2065
(Please note access is via stairs)

Course fee: $295 (inc. GST)

This one-day course offers new writers for children an understanding of what goes on inside a publishing house, how publishers make their choices, how to give themselves the best chance of publication and what to expect from the publishing process. It also provides an opportunity to discuss the author-publisher relationship with an experienced author and illustrator.

The program will include feedback on your work and will address the much-asked questions:

• What are publishers looking for?
• Which publishers should I submit to?
• What should I submit?
• How can I polish my writing?
• What makes a persuasive covering letter?
• Do I need an agent?
• What should I know about genres, age groups and the current market?
• What happens once my book is accepted?
• How can I make the most of the publishing relationship?

This workshop requires you to send in a sample of your writing and to think about how to pitch your book. See 'How to apply' for further details.

The course includes:

• A full day of intensive tuition from 10am to 4pm
• Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks
• 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)

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Student testimonials from the course in Melbourne:
'I don't think anything could be improved, I found it amazing... so much valuable information.' Amanda (2015)

'Every question I had was answered.' Juliet (2014)

'It was good to get an honest picture of children's publishing from those in the business. Very interesting.' Kelli (2014)

Erica WagnerAbout the tutor

Erica Wagner has worked with books for most of her life as a bookseller, editor and publisher. She worked for Penguin Books for ten years, established a new children's list for Duffy & Snellgrove, was awarded the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship in 1999 and has been at Allen & Unwin since 2000. She is currently Publisher, Books for Children & Young Adults at Allen & Unwin where she is part of a team producing a multi-award-winning and internationally acclaimed list of highly regarded fiction, non-fiction and picture books for children and teenagers. Illustrated books and graphic novels are her particular passions.

Tohby RiddleAbout the 2016 guest tutors

Tohby Riddle is an award-winning writer, illustrator, cartoonist, designer and sometime editor based in Sydney, Australia. He has written and illustrated numerous well-loved picture books; written a novel (published as a young adult book); was the cartoonist for Good Weekend (the Saturday magazine of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) for nearly ten years; has been CBCA shortlisted eight times; and is a former editor of The School Magazine, a literary magazine for children published by the NSW Department of Education. Tohby has won awards for both literature and book-design and has presented talks and workshops across Australia and overseas. Tohby loves words, images and combining the two to capture all kinds of ideas in his books.

Ursula DubosarskyUrsula Dubosarsky wanted to be a writer from the age of six, and is now the author of over 50 books for children and young adults, which have won several national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. Her fiction includes The Red Shoe and The Golden Day and several picture books with Andrew Joyner, such as The Terrible Plop. She is also the author of the non-fiction Word Spy books about the English language, illustrated by Tohby Riddle. She lives in Sydney with her family.



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

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