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Writing with a partner

Alison Lochel

Writing Interesting non-fiction for a younger market.

Allison Patterson

CYA Success stories panel

CYA Success

Anna McGregor

1) Secret Writers Club Business - Discusses longevity in an industry and how to keep writing.

2) Master Class - Writing Brilliant Chapter Books for Children 

Are you passionate about writing stories for children? Do you want to know the key ingredients for creating a successful children’s book? How does the children’s book industry work and what are the secrets to getting your book published? 

In recent years, children’s chapter books have consistently been one of the top-selling categories in the publishing industry. In this dynamic, hands-on workshop, Belinda Murrell will guide participants through the practicalities of writing for children, the key components of storytelling, lessons learned from her writing career, understanding the market and the publishing process. 

The workshop aims to give participants a realistic understanding of the children’s publishing industry including an insight into emerging trends, industry changes and perennial favourites. Writing exercises and workshop activities will help you hone your writing skills, and provide you with techniques, tips and tricks to chase your dream of writing your own brilliant book for children. 

Participant Requirements

Pen and Paper. ​

Belinda Murrell

Self publishing Road - The DO's. The DON'Ts. And the .. I just WON'T.

Including   ...
1.) Cover
2.) Blurb
3.) Amazon page set up. 

For their book. These are vital to making your ads work. 

Then talking in great depth about FB ads and pre marketing and after marketing your book. 

 

PR companies. Reviews. How to get the FB algorithms on your side. 

 

Amazon ads 
Bookbub ads
Kindle Unlimted vs being wide. 

Belle Brooks

CYA Success stories panel

CYA Success

Candice Lemon-Scott

Creating plays for young people

D.M. Cameron

Pitch perfect

Dee White

The craft of writing for the Young Adult market

Isobelle Carmody

CYA Success stories panel

CYA Success

Jodi Toering

CYA Success stories panel

CYA Success

K H Canobi

The Picture Book Playground

 

Where do I start? Where do ideas come from? What are the conventions of writing picture books? How do the illustrations fit in? What do I need to ask myself when writing picture books? What makes picture books so special? What resources can I access to help me on my picture book journey? This workshop will give you practical steps on how you can take an idea and possibly turn it into a published picture book one day. 

Katrina McKelvey

CYA Success stories panel

CYA Success

Kelly Hibbert

CYA Success stories panel

CYA Success

Nat Amoore

Writing with a partner

Nicholas Lochel

CYA Success stories panel

CYA Success

Sandy Flett

A Little Bit Sketchy

Learn why sketching is such an important part of a professional illustrator's practice, and how to harness sketching as a powerful tool in your own work. Develop a regular sketchbook habit to help you loosen up, strengthen your technique, develop a personal voice, explore and refine ideas, and lay the groundwork for successful final illustrations.

Walker Books

Sarah Davis

CYA Success stories panel

CYA Success

Sue-Ellen Pashley

 

Writing non-fiction in the adult market.

Allison Patterson

1) The Organised Writer

Whether you write full time and have hours to fill, or so busy you have to fit your writing in around kids, study and family and feel as if you have no time at all, making the most of your writing time is crucial.

 

Ally Blake is a mum of three, a multi-published author constantly on deadline, a volunteer, a book cover designer, a graphics creator and that’s just the half of it.  She’s also forgetful, distractible, and as a child was clinically diagnosed as being “off with the fairies”.  Yet, while it may take days for her to put away the clean towels, her writing computer is a Zen-like haven of organised wonder. Because in order to make writing a career it has to be.

 

Ally will help you unlock the tools with which to use your limited writing time, your writing space and your writing brain. Become more efficient, more productive and less stressed by learning how to make ‘being busy’ work for you.

 

 

Expeditiously organise your

  • Time

  • Space

  • Social media

  • Computer desktop

  • Notes and ideas

  • Scenes and Chapters

  • Editing regime

 

Using 

  • Colour and visual clues

  • Sensory cues

  • Self-care

  • Decluttering methods

  • Windows Explorer

  • Document Maps

  • Bullet journaling

  • Hit and miss

  • Your unique, particular best work practise

2) Panel - Trade Publishing, Self publishing and Hybrid publishing - finding your own fit.

Ally Blake

1) Put A Girl In It – Romance elements 101 -  

 

Explore ways to add a little lovin’ to your book to create a rich, three dimensional experience for your reader.  As Brooks and Dunn sang, you ain’t living a good life until you put a girl in it. Because really, what is it all worth without a little lovin’?
 
The vast majority of readers read books for the relationships explored within the pages because these reflect human experience. Because they want to find themselves in the story and because the human race is just one big interconnected set of relationships. Sure, they also read for the explosions and the alien invasions and the cool science and the in-depth research and the dragons and the plot twists. But character drives story, not plot. It’s how the characters interact with other characters that holds reader interest and, as such, they want their characters to be whole and fully rounded – even if they’re deplorable. Giving a character - male or female - a romantic/love interest adds another dimension to that character and another layer to your book. It adds emotion and depth and provides a foil for your character giving the reader a chance to see them in a different light - good or bad – and this goes doubly so for romantic relationships.

2) Panel - Trade Publishing, Self publishing and Hybrid publishing - finding your own fit.

3) Panel - Everything is a Genre

Amy Andrews

1) Reality of the publishing industry from Authors POV.

2)  The Business of Writing ie publishing process/pros and cons of agents/how do royalties and advances work/creating multiple income streams/author platforms/building an author brand.

3) Panel - Everything is a Genre.

Belinda Murrell

1) Self publishing Road: The DO's. The DON'Ts. And the .. I just WON'T.

Including
a.) Cover
b.) Blurb
c.) Amazon page set up. 

For their book. These are vital to making your ads work. 

 

Then talking in great depth about FB ads and pre marketing and after marketing your book. 

 

PR companies. Reviews. How to get the FB algorithms on your side. 

 

Amazon ads 
Bookbub ads
Kindle Unlimted vs being wide. 

2) Panel - Trade Publishing, Self publishing and Hybrid publishing - finding your own fit.

Belle Brooks

Bringing History to Life - What to do with the research once you have it.

Christine Wells

Spine Chilling Mysteries - elements and plots within an Australian landscape.

D.M. Cameron

Memories - Write your story.   
Unearth your own life stories and get them out of your head and onto the page. Memoirs matter. 

Edwina Shaw

1) Writing Fantasy

2) Panel - Everything is a Genre

Isobelle Carmody

Keep the lights on! Writing thrillers that chill.

A brief overview of creating a thriller novel. What makes it a thriller and the difference between a thriller, a mystery and a crime novel.

Jack Heath

1) Putting your money where your mouth is - a look at a budget for good printed self publishing books.

2) Panel - Trade Publishing, Self publishing and Hybrid publishing - finding your own fit.

Nicholas Lochel