I run quite a lot of writing workshops each year, mostly in schools and libraries, on topics such as character development, story structure, world building and finding inspiration. In recent years I’ve also run workshops on writing interactive stories like my YOU CHOOSE books. All of these workshops have been for kids and teens, who are also the audience for my books. But this year, I’m going to do something a bit different…
I’m running a workshop for grown-ups who are interested in writing for children.
I reckon it’ll be fun.
This workshop is not based around my YOU CHOOSE books, or my RFDS books, or the new series that I’m currently working on. It’s not about any of the books that I’m really known for. It’s about writing for the education market – the often forgotten area of children’s publishing that supplies books and educational materials to primary school classrooms around the country. I’ve been writing in this market since 1999 and have over 80 titles under my belt.
Want to know more about education market writing? Check out the article I wrote for The Victorian Writer magazine — Back to the classroom — to find out what it’s all about.
If this is an area of writing that interests you, then the full-day workshop I’m running at Writers Victoria on Saturday 25 February might also interest you. I’ll be covering the scope, requirements and do’s and don’ts of writing for the education market, as well as how to respond to guidelines and how to get your foot in the door. While I don’t have a magic formula to guarantee publication, I will be sharing what I’ve learned over the 18 years I’ve been writing educational materials.