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QWC - Katherine Battersby

It's amazing that in a few short years the number of opportunities for childrens and Young adult writers and illustrators to learn their craft have increased ten-thousand fold. In 2005 I would have given my eye-teeth for an opportunity like this one..and now its on the doorstep…(if you live in South East Queensland).

Essential Information:

Making Picture Books with Katherine Battery

When: Sunday 28 October, 

Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Brisbane 4101

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm

Cost: QWC members $110 / $99 Non-member $160 / $144

Bookings can be made via our website or on (07)3842 9922.

Katherine’s workshop is perfect for writers and illustrators interested in producing picture books and will focus on the key principles of children’s writing including tone, illustration, language, theme and character, as well as covering how to build your resume and submit work to publishers. 

This one-day workshop is open to anyone who is passionate about children’s writing and illustration and wants to develop their understanding of the children’s book industry.

For those who were at CYA Conference this year, you have seen that Katherine has an amazing way of making her picture books, and this is your opportunity to spend more time with her - 6 hours!

Katherine sits proudly on our CYA success page and I am so excited to be attending her launch of book 2 in the Squish Rabbit picture books - Brave Squish Rabbit on 29th September. I can't wait to hop-it-ty on there and see another book baby!


Till next time, keep writing, keep illustrating, keep learning your craft, but most importantly keep your dream alive!

CYA later!

Tina, Ally and Sam.

Winners of BWF giveaway

Congratulations to : Joanne Brooker and Tirzah Withers who were the winners in the Brisbane Writers Festival ~ Publishing in the Young Adult and Children's Market seminar, giveaway worth $100 each. 

There were 68 Pick Me! entries received. These were each printed out, folded and put in a box. This morning, before school, my two sons each got to shake the box up, and choose one paper each. 


Image: My son tossing entries about...

For those of you who didn't win, but are still interested in attending, there are  tickets available - please have a look at this Brisbane Writers Festival 50 years program:

Publishing in the Young Adult and Children's Market

10am-3pm, Saturday 8 September

Queensland Art Gallery Lecture Theatre

Cost: $100

Anyone looking to start, survive and succeed in the young adult and children's publishing market shouldn't miss the Publishing in the Young Adult and Children's Market seminar held in conjunction with Brisbane Writers Festival. Share insider stories, pathways to publication and how to grow your success with: Andy Griffiths Australia's best-selling children's writer; John Boyne author of The Boy in the Striped PyjamasLinda Sue Park winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal;Kate Forsyth award-winning writer; writer-agent-publisher trio Belinda JeffreySophie Hamley and Kristina Schulz; and Jordan Bass Managing EditorMcSweeney's Quarterly Concern, founded by Dave Eggers. MC: Miranda MasonFind out more. (<hyperlink to:>)

This was in my inbox this morning - and when I look at the program I can see why there is excitement in the air:

"It's here at last! The Festival kicks off today with Word Play taking centre stage. Then as we head towards the weekend Brisbane's book-loving community will be out in force to experience the Festival."


CYA later!

Tina, Ally and Sam

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