Getting Published as a Writer for Children

Jane Godwin

with Jane Godwin & guest Davina Bell.

Allen & Unwin - Sydney
83 Alexander St
Crows Nest NSW 2065
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Course fee: $295 / $250 alumni

Are you a new writer for children? This one-day course offers an understanding of what goes on inside a publishing house, how publishers make their choices, how to give yourself 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. Learn more about the industry, explore different ways to approach your writing and build a strong story, and become aware of common pitfalls.

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 resources are available to me as a writer?
• 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 complimentary copy of an A&U publication
• On completion of the course, alumni discounts on future Faber Writing Academy courses and books from the Allen & Unwin website.

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Student testimonials:

'I received a comprehensive and insightful behind-the-scenes look at how to create successful children's stories... the whole day was inspiring, educational and fun.' Shaye, Sydney (2017)
To see Shaye's blog post on the course click here.

'Despite having a long history in this industry, I learned lots of new and eye-opening tips.' - Georgie (2017) To see Georgie's blog post on the course click here.

'Thank you for providing such a valuable opportunity. The day felt inclusive no matter where each participant was on their publication/writing journey. A very inspirational day! ' Katrina, Sydney (2016)

'I can't really fault it! It is the most useful, informative and well-run course I have been to. I think the small group structure works really well.' Emma, Melbourne (2016)

About the Tutor

Jane Godwin is an Australian children's book publisher. She is also the highly acclaimed author of over twenty books for children, across all styles and ages. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations, including the Queensland Premier's Award (Children's Books), the Aurealis Award and the Animal Welfare Award, and shortlistings in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, the Prime Minister's Literary Award, the New South Wales State Literary Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize) the YABBA Awards, the Speech Pathology Awards, The Family Award for Children's Books, and the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Jane's most recent novel is Falling From Grace, and her most recent children's picture book is Go Go and the Silver Shoes, illustrated by Anna Walker.

Jane spends as much time as she can working with young people, running various literature and writing programs, making books and encouraging students in their own creative ventures. She is dedicated to pursuing quality and enriching reading and writing experiences, whether it's as a writer, a publisher or a speaker/facilitator in schools.

About the guest tutor:

Davina BellDavina Bell is a writer and editor from Western Australia. Her short stories and essays have been published in various journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Stories.

For six years she was an editor at Penguin Australia in the Young Readers Division, where she was lucky enough to work with some of Australia's most talented creators of books for children.

Davina's first novels for middle-grade readers were published by Penguin Books as part of the hugely successful Our Australian Girl series. Works of historical fiction, they follow a year in the life of a ballerina growing up in Perth during World War One.

Her first picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, was published by Scribe in 2015 and is illustrated by the award-winning book designer, Allison Colpoys. This book won the 2016 CBCA Crichton Award for New Illustration and the Australian Book Industry Award for Small Publisher's Children's Book of the Year.

Davina and Alison's new book, Under the Love Umbrella, was published in March 2017. She is also the co-author of Hattie Helps Out, written with Jane Godwin and illustrated by Freya Blackwood, and Oh, Albert, illustrated by Sara Acton.

Davina regularly talks at schools, universities and festivals around the country about writing and publishing.

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

How to Apply

For the feedback component of the day we require you to email us a sample of your writing. This should be either a synopsis or the first chapter of your manuscript, OR if it's a picture book of less than 2000 words, the entire text. Please email the document (double-spaced, Times New Roman, Size 12) with your name, the title and the genre in the header or footer by no later than Friday 24 August. If you are unable to send in an emailed copy for some reason, contact us and we will find a solution.

In preparation for the workshopping you should also consider how to 'pitch' your book, i.e. how to best summarise it in two or three sentences. Try to think about what sets it apart from other books and how it fits with the current market - this will help you get the most out of the day.

N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 30 cents ($0.30)
After making your booking you will receive a follow-up email explaining how to submit your writing.

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy: or (02) 8425 0171