Getting Published as a Writer for Children

with an Allen & Unwin editor + author & illustrator guest

Saturday date to be confirmed 2018

East Melbourne Library
122 George St
East Melbourne 3002

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 increase the 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

'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 (2016)

'Susannah gave so much information in such a short time, precisely and clearly.' Amanda (2015)

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

About the Course Director

to be confirmed

About the Guest Lecturers


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 send in 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 send a printed hard copy (double-spaced, Times New Roman, Size 12) with your name, the title and the genre in the header or footer by no later than 29 September.

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.

To secure your booking, please complete the application form and email it to or send by post to Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin, PO Box 8500, St Leonards NSW 1590

Download the application form (PDF)

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