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Writing & Illustration Bootcamps 

22 & 23 April - Online

09 July - In person in Brisbane

Important Information

Please note that any assessments and bootcamps booked after 15 May for the 2023 conference are non-refundable.

The Bootcamp is a day spent with an editor where you will receive feedback on your work in small group sessions, time to work on your manuscripts followed by a progress session where they will give you further feedback, there is also a discussion panel and a Q&A session. 



Places for the Bootcamp are strictly limited to four people per group, with each editor working with two groups. 

Groups will be divided into

  • Adults Novels (Group 2)

  • Chapter Books & Young Adult Novels (Group 1)

  • Illustrations

  • Picture Books (Group 2 & Group 3)

Please read the Terms and Conditions page for cancellation information.

Schedule times subject to change. (AEST)

bootcamp 2023 schedule


There will be no discussion panel or Q&A at the 3rd & 17th July Bootcamps. Attendees will be invited to attend the 24th July sessions.

Online Bootcamps

  • Cost: A$280 (including GST).

  • Submission dates: Work must be submitted ASAP.

In Person Bootcamps

  • Location: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane.

  • Cost: A$400 (including GST, tea & coffee on arrival + morning tea + lunch + afternoon tea)

  • Beverages are also available from the bar (additional cost)

  • Submission dates: Work must be submitted on the day of booking unless alternate arrangements have been made.

Jennifer Ennion

"Thank you CYA for a fabulous writers' Bootcamp with Clare Hallifax. It was great having the opportunity to get to know Clare and Walker Books better, and Clare's knowledge and checklist for what makes a picture book not only good but marketable was priceless."