Writing Picture Books Masterclass

Writing Picture Books Masterclass

It’s time for your picture book to take flight

This course is ideal for: Graduates of Writing Picture Books who want to get published

You will:
Discover how to structurally edit your manuscript
Experience how workshopping will improve your book
Understand how to think like an editor
Learn the right way to pitch your idea






SYDNEY (Milsons Point)
Starts Sunday 22 September 2019 , 10am-4pm
1 day

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MELBOURNE (Abbotsford)
To be announced
1 day
Online course coming soon. Get notified when it launches.

So you’ve written your picture book. Now what?

  • Give your picture book the best chance for success.
  • Tighten your prose and make your story more compelling.
  • Learn skills you can apply to any picture book.

Congratulations! You have followed the rules, rhythms and guidelines to creating your own picture book manuscript. So, it just needs pictures and you're done, right?

Not so fast.

The picture book publishing process is a long one, so it makes sense to ensure yours is the best it can be, before you introduce your story to the world. Is your manuscript ready to submit to publishers? This one-day masterclass will help you decide – for this story and all future ones.

Open only to graduates of the Australian Writers’ Centre course in Writing Picture Books, this masterclass will help remove the fog of this tricky transition from writing to selling your book. After all, you only have one shot at this, so it makes sense to get it right.

Maybe you’ve been so inspired that you’ve written several picture books. How do you determine which one is the best? Alternatively, you may be looking for that final spark of guidance to iron out your story. And then there’s the question of getting an editor’s attention.

The good news is that all of this is covered.

How the Writing Picture Books Masterclass works

This masterclass won’t tell you how to shape a new story (that’s what our original course is for). Instead, you’ll workshop your manuscript with an experienced children’s book editor and classmates to edit and improve your stories. You will also learn how to pitch them effectively to an editor of a publishing house.

In addition to learning the theory behind how to undertake a structural edit, you will also actively workshop each other’s work. Your presenter will guide you on how to put on your editor’s hat and, by the end of the day, you should be confident in assessing your future manuscripts.

You will:

  • receive valuable feedback not only from your presenter, but also from your classmates
  • discover whether your manuscript is marketable – or what you need to do to make it more appealing
  • polish the pitch for your book – because a publisher won’t even look at your manuscript if they aren’t hooked in by your pitch.

You can bring up to two completed manuscripts for workshopping and feedback. (If you have just one, you’ll simply spend more time on it.) At the end of the day you’ll have a clear idea of the best way to move forward.

You will learn how to think like an editor and discover how to cast a critical eye over your manuscript – whether it works from a structural point of view and whether you have created the right characters. You’ll know what your writing strengths are, and how to build on them.

We’ll delve deeply into picture books, looking at examples and discussing different writing techniques throughout the day. A celebration of story, characters and structure.

Your mentor

Cathie Tasker is a fiction editor with more than 25 years’ experience and has also been a judge of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Aurealis Awards. Cathie has worked for children’s publishers such as HarperCollins Publishers, Scholastic Australia and Koala Books. She has edited books by Mem Fox, Jackie French, Bruce Whatley, Judith Rossell, Sue Whiting, Pamela Freeman, Coral Vass, Craig Smith, Dee Huxley, Hazel Edwards, Ann James, Matt Cosgrove, Meredith Costain, Rod Clement, Sally Odgers, Patricia Mullins, Rodney McRae, Pamela Lofts, Junko Morimoto and more. Many of her students end up with published deals.

Judith Rossell is a full-time writer and illustrator of children’s books. Over the past 15 years, she has written more than 10 books and illustrated more than 80. Her work has been translated into 16 languages. Judith’s latest books are Withering-by-Sea and Wormwood Mire, both Victorian fantasy-adventure novels for young readers. Withering-by-Sea won the 2015 Indie Award for Children and Young Adults, the 2015 Australian Book Industry Award for Older Children, and was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and the Aurealis Awards.

Your mentor's insights and insider information will be invaluable for you at this stage of your journey – sharing tips that you will keep for life. This Masterclass is an incredible opportunity to spend a day working with her to perfect your craft.

This course is ideal for all graduates of Writing Picture Books who want to take their writing further. It’s suitable for students who have studied Writing Picture Books face-to-face or online.

Get confidence and a clear path forward for your manuscript – all in just one day.

Places are limited. Book your spot for this exclusive Masterclass today!

Enjoy exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club

Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free!  Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue? So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!


We’ll bring the world-class course content, industry-savvy presenters and a diverse community of like-minded people.
You just bring yourself.