Judith Rossell, Presenter

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 Wakestone Hall, Wormwood Mire and Withering-by-Sea, three Victorian fantasy-adventure novels for young readers. Withering-by-Sea won the Indie Award for Children and Young Adults, the Australian Book Industry Award for Older Children, and was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and the Aurealis Awards.

Judith’s books include two other novels – Jack Jones and the Pirate Curse and Sam and the Killer Robot – sumptuously illustrated maze and puzzle books, such as The Lost Treasure of the Green Iguana and I Spy with Inspector Stilton, and picture books, including Oliver, which was published by HarperCollins in New York.

She has also illustrated many books by other authors, including (most recently) Bogtrotter, by Margaret Wild, To Get to Me by Eleanor Kerr and You are a Star by Michael Parker.

Judith lives in Melbourne. She worked as a government scientist for a cotton spinning company and studied textile design in Scotland before becoming a full-time writer.

Visit Judith’s website: judithrossell.com

Judith teaches Writing Picture Books and How to Write for Children and Young Adults.

Some of Judith's books include:

Testimonials about this presenter

“Judith Rossell was a fantastic presenter; patient, funny, knowledgeable, credible and with an obvious passion for children’s literature.”

- Natalie Livingston

“Judith was great; engaging, encouraging and genuine. It’s a great way to get the ball rolling if you’re needing motivation/direction. Also great way to network/share ideas/meet similar minded people.”

- Kristy Russell

"Judith Rossell was fantastic. I really warmed to her and I would go to any future course she is presenting. My advice to anyone thinking about doing Writing Picture Books is: don't hesitate to enrol. You can only get better by attending courses and workshops. It is great to hear from someone who has been published and learn from their experiences. If you want to write children's books, this is definitely one to do. Judith is obviously passionate about books and writing, which is very infectious." 

- Heidi Mulligan

"I really enjoyed the way that one section led to another and gradually gave us the full picture and the way that Judith presented examples and kept it moving involved everyone. She was so supportive but also gently firm in her expectations. Her comments on our work were encouraging, helpful and supportive. The publishing aspect was invaluable. Judith really knew what she was talking about, was very personable and freely shared from her wealth of experience in a very friendly and humorous way. Go and do it!"

- Maureen Brown

Presenter for:

Writing Picture Books
Want to be the next big thing for little people? Learn the essentials to creating the perfect picture prose that will delight small folk every time.
How to Write for Children and Young Adults
Learn how to grab young readers’ attention with clever characters, structure, dragons and the occasional bottom joke.