Do You Want to Write for Kids?

by Martin Veres

As part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Live and Local event (27 May) at Wollongong Town Hall, the SCWC’s own Sandy Fussell will conduct a workshop on how to become published in the children’s book industry.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Prince)

The key to  a successful project is in the planning. Drawing on her personal experience and industry knowledge, Sandy will guide participants through creating a personal project plan for their path to publication, or for those already published, a plan to stay published. This will include goal setting, identifying milestones, how to find opportunities and create even more, and strategies to reinforce forward progress down the path. 

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Sandy Fussell is the author of fourteen books for children including Polar Boy (CBCA Children’s Book of the Year short-listed) and the Samurai Kids series (which won an International Board on Books for Young People award and three CBCA Book of the Year Notables). Her most recent release is a picture book, Sad, the Dog, recommended in a New York Times review.

She isn’t just a prolific author of great fiction, though. She’s also an ICT consultant, book reviewer for the Funday Sunday Telegraph, technology blogger, in-schools Literary Festival Co-ordinator at The Story Crowd and one subject short of a Maths degree (but who’s counting, right?). Enthusiastic about school visits, cultural diversity in literature and ICT in education, Sandy is often found in a school library waving her practice sword or teaching a Minecraft-based writing workshop. Having conquered three life-threatening illnesses in recent years, she knows for certain that the glass is always half–full – and ready for a refill.

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The workshop will run from 11.10am – 12.30pm and entry will be $15.

We hope to see you there!

Written by SCWC

Posted on May 17, 2017