Writing Great Children’s Lit with Sarah (Online)

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If you’ve ever wanted to write children’s stories, then this class is for you.

Whether you’ve been writing for years or only just started, this class will help you develop your creative writing skills and teach you all about the world of children’s literature.

This class will guide you through the writing process from idea inception to publication. It will help you develop your story ideas with some fun, practical exercises, teach you the industry standards for writing for children and build your knowledge of children’s books.

This is an interactive workshop where you will participate in lots of fun writing exercises to get your ideas flowing!

What will we cover?

  • Writing exercises – to develop elements like dialogue, characterisation, setting, voice and point of view
  • Diverse and inclusive children’s literature – what this means and why it’s important
  • More writing exercises – to develop language style and narrative
  • Industry standards – from writing cover letters to formatting your manuscript
  • Publication – publishing options and where and how to submit work
  • A carefully curated booklist (PDF) of inspiring children’s books for you to keep

    What will you need?

    • Your device for completing writing activities OR paper and pens/pencils if you prefer to write by hand
    • Any questions you might have about writing for children
    • Your curiosity, creativity and a good sense of fun!



    • Closed Captions
    • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
    • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
    • Auslan Interpreters Upon Request

    Who will be teaching? 

    Sarah (she/her) is a sessional academic at Victoria University. She designed and teaches the university’s Children’s Literature unit, and teaches creative writing units across Arts & Education. Sarah is in the final stages of a PhD on the importance and benefits of diverse children’s literature. She has talked about her research on ABC radio and presented her work at Children’s Literature conferences around the world.

    Sarah has published her research in peer-reviewed literary journals, and written two book chapters on children’s literature for academic anthologies (the second of which will be published later this year). Sarah has also published articles, poetry and short stories.

    Sarah’s research on diverse children’s literature is now being used by Australian school librarians to diversify library collections. She will next be presenting research on ecological representation in the Australian picture book My place at the Assembling Common Worlds Conference in Canada.

    You can find out more about Sarah on her website: or connect with her on LinkedIn:…

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