Getting Published as a Writer for Children

Jane Godwin

with Jane Godwin & guest Davina Bell

Saturday 27 July 2019

Course fee: $295 / $250 alumni

Allen and Unwin
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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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 refreshments
• 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 who has worked with many leading childrenís writers and illustrators. She is also the highly acclaimed author of over twenty-five 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 Ministerís Literary Award, the New South Wales State Literary Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize) the YABBA Awards, the Speech Pathology Awards, The Family Award for Childrenís Books, and the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Jane's most recent novel is As Happy as Here (Hachette, August 2019), and her most recent children's picture books are Watch This! (a photographic book with Beci Orpin and Hilary Walker), Go Go and the Silver Shoes, illustrated by Anna Walker, and Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six (illustrated by A. Yi).

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 itís as a writer, a publisher or a speaker/facilitator in schools.

About the guest tutor:

Davina BellDavina Bell is an award-winning writer for young readers of many ages and a childrenís book editor. She writes picture books (including All the Ways to be Smart and Under the Love Umbrella), junior fiction (Lemonade Jones) and middle-grade fiction (the Corner Park Clubhouse series and the Alice books in the Our Australian Girl series). Davinaís debut YA novel will be published by Text Publishing in 2020.

She lives in Melbourne, where she works as the Senior Editor on the kids list at independent publisher Affirm Press, and regularly travels the country, talking to children and adults about books, writing and publishing.


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 5 July 2019.

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 50 cents ($0.50)
After making your booking you will receive a follow-up email explaining how to submit your writing.

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