This is the best online course I have ever done. I normally feel like I am just reading a text book and teaching myself with online study, but with this course, I definitely felt I was receiving input from a teacher and I learnt a lot.
Zanni is an excellent tutor! Her feedback was always very useful, she delivered it in such a reassuring way, providing much positive reinforcement balanced with excellent and constructive criticism. I was very inspired by her advice and ideas.
Zanni was absolutely committed to our success, compassionate, and brilliantly knowledgeable. I was delighted and astounded by the breadth of her insight.
Zanni was incredibly generous in sharing her knowledge and understanding, and really took the time to consider my stories and provide useful and constructive feedback. I was impressed by her passion for picture books and her commitment to helping aspiring writers to achieve their goals.
I did the online Writing Picture Books course 6 months ago.
Six months later and I'm 10 picture book manuscripts down. Four still with our editor at A Worded Life (amazing by the way) and 6 with our agent Alex Adsett being pitched to publishers.
The course was just what I needed to give me the structure and clarity around pictures book writing.
An excellent online course - practical, positive and useful feedback.
Thank you for providing an affordable course, it really is appreciated. When studying and trying to get ahead it's really really hard these days to be given such a great platform to learn at a price you can afford.
Excellent course for writers wanting to learn or hone their craft. And the online course allows you the time to process the information in your own time and way - very important for introverts! I was concerned that the online course might be second tier to a face-to face-one, however it's the opposite! Online is such a great way for me to take the time to digest the info and to have the confidence to speak up in class.
If they have any interest in writing picture books, this course will give them a really good start in terms of understanding the industry and what standard, rules, etc. are expected from publishers.
I think I was surprised that it was so much formula..and I felt that I could do this ...now to let the creative ideas run wild! Zanni was great, super positive and encouraging. Thank you, my head is spinning with ideas everyday. I am keeping a notebook handy and jotting down words & inspiring ideas. It's like a little creative meditation that I can get lost in any spare minutes I have. I also feel I have loads of time to let all this unfold...that's how it's meant to be. That's like a breath of fresh air in a world of rush rush hurry hurry.
There's more to a picture book then you think. This is a good introduction to writing one. You don't need any experience and sharing your work isn't awkward. The feedback is positive and honest.
Never thought a children's picture book had so many 'rules'. This course is super helpful to put novice writers on the right track.
Amazing online learning environment where you have a tutor that gives you personal feedback along with your peers.
Do not submit a manuscript until you do this course. Absolutely a must do! I've come away with so much knowledge that I didn't know I needed. It was great fun too! Thank you so much for giving me a fabulous five weeks to try something for myself. It was fabulous.
It's a really thorough course which takes you through all the elements with great audio and handouts. I think it is world-class.
It was surprising how much content was covered in the audio and I loved the handouts to scribble on while listening. This was my first ever online course and it just flowed very nicely from one module to the next. I was nervous about posting assignments for everyone to read at first, but after awhile it just gave me more confidence and encouraged a supportive group environment.
I enrolled in your 'Writing for Picture Books' course in 2017 and absolutely loved it. I just wanted to share that after eighteen months and over 300 hours of work, I have written, illustrated and published my first picture book! Thank you for delivering outstanding courses. I would not have gotten anywhere without those as a launching pad.
Australian Writers' Centre is THE PLACE to learn about children's picture books. The face to face experience was amazing.
Honestly, the AWC is the best place to start your writing career, especially if you're like me and have zero, nada, zilch writing experience. This is the 3rd course I've completed through the centre and this one was definitely the best.
I loved the assignments and it was exactly what I wanted. I have gotten in the habit of writing every week. I love Zanni's feedback. She is very good at delivering feedback that is practical. The assignments and handouts were great too!
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and now feel very inspired to take my writing to the next level. It was the perfect mix of practical and theoretical content. I loved it so much that I have enrolled in the Picture Books Masterclass.
So much more than I expected! Cathie has a wealth of knowledge and I was interested and engaged from start to finish. Cathie went above and beyond to tailor each section to the attendees, even making an extra effort to bring in specific books on the second day that were similar to what we were all aiming for.
Thank you Australian Writers Centre for taking me one huge step closer to achieving my dream of publishing my own picture story book one day. This has been an experience I'll never forget.
Thank you for providing such valuable tools and making them so easily accessible no matter where you are in Australia and what time you have. It makes such a difference. So thank you.
The Australian Writers' Centre delivers an excellent Picture Book Writing course which combines high quality content, resources and materials with expert tutors. Aspiring writers couldn't find a better place to begin, develop and refine their picture book writing craft.
This course exceeded my expectations because of two things. 1) Jude was a wonderful presenter and her enthusiasm and encouragement made for a great space, especially when sharing work. 2) The attendees were fantastic. A great group of people who already possess wonderful stories (and I am sure will be published). It was great to meet like minded people and the entire weekend inspired me.
The content in this course was detailed and thorough. I enjoyed working my way through the course modules in my own time. The online course was very user friendly and the presenter was knowledgeable and keen to help. I liked being able to work my way through the weekly modules in my own time. The audio set up is easy to use and helpful if you want to replay something you may have missed. Go for it! This course is packed with information and the tutor and classmates are supportive and helpful. Expand your knowledge while in your own home! Brilliant!
I loved the freedom to come and go at my own pace and how we were supported to learn visually aurally and kinaesthetically, how we were empowered by both Valerie and Cathie to really research and find out for ourselves what we needed to know, the goodwill of the other participants in the course, their feedback and their encouragement. Cathie gave me frank and practical advice to direct me and the other students to focus on what we needed to work on. I'm really grateful for this big lift up right at the start of my journey into becoming an author.
The course was thoroughly enjoyable. It covered every aspect and stage of picture book writing from the nitty gritty of structure and language, to editing, to publishing and even to submitting your manuscript to publishers. I cannot believe how much is offered for the price of the course! Not only do you get audio files with the content, assignments that match what you'd be doing if you were employed as a writer with feedback from a tutor in the industry but also continued support and advice through a Facebook group. I am so satisfied with this course and loved every part of it.
I would highly recommend the AWC and Writing Picture Books course to anyone either simply looking to expand their writing skills (in leaps and bounds) and/or dreaming of one day being published. It offers a true, in-depth understanding of the importance of every single word in a story ‚ - balance, rhythm and structure as well as an insight as to how the publishing industry really works. There is so much information and knowledge to be gained which you can call on time and time again. This course makes you write, to share your work with fellow students and pushes you out of your comfort zone which to be honest, is something you have to be able to do to grow ‚ it's not personal. There is always so much more to learn. As an illustrator, I loved learning how to look at books from a writing perspective and then being able to combine the two. As a writer, you'll learn what to leave up to the illustrator ‚ less is really more. Plus, the feedback provided by their very experienced presenters is constructive, honest and encouraging. You'll never look at a picture book the same way again!
I was looking for an online course in the USA. I found AWC while doing a google search. Cathie Tasker's bio was impressive. I was the only student from across the pond, but it was fun. I'm happy that I took the course. I learned more in five weeks than I did
in any other Picture Book courses I've done. I only had one question early on about posting my assignment and that was quickly resolved through email by someone at the AWC. I have already recommended the course to other PB writers in the USA. The course has helped me with my own writing as well as pointing out constructive criticism to those in my critique group.
Extremely knowledgeable. Cathie provided great insight in to the industry as a whole. I had no idea of how the industry worked, let alone how to write a picture book and I feel I have a better understanding and confidence now to keep moving forward with writing. I had never paid great attention to the structure of a picture book. Learning of its structure, the various techniques, in particular the 'show don't tell' and how much is actually involved in creating a worthwhile picture book, blew me away.
Zanni took a lot of time to provide us with a lot of feedback. Excellent and constructive feedback. This course was great. It was extremely helpful looking at structure and studying the individual parts needed to make a good picture book.
There was a huge amount of information provided in the course. Certainly more than I could fully digest in the 4-5 weeks of the course. I was also delighted to find the course very practical with real, down-to-earth advice on how to get published. Do it! In terms of value for money, I would say AWC would be very hard to beat! I found the teaching, and teaching materials to be extensive and practical.
If you dream, aspire and hope to write children's picture books, all you need to get started is wrapped up in this comprehensive, challenging and inspiring course which accommodates both classroom and on-line delivery. Cathie Tasker's course is outstanding and her knowledge will both challenge and inspire you to be a better writer. For any writer who aspires to write children's picture books this course is an absolute must! I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Judith was incredibly generous with her time and knowledge. The support and encouragement she offered each and every student was genuine, practical and succinct. Her wealth of experience in writing and illustrating picture books left me humbled that she could share so much in such a short amount of time.
Course was amazing, so much information and practical things to help with writing, go for it. Such an experienced presenter who clearly knew so much information and shared willingly. Course handouts fantastic too. Supportive other participants were nice as well.
I loved Cathie. Such a warm and generous teacher with a plethora of knowledge and tips. I am so inspired by her. I also enjoyed the feedback that Cathie gave the class as we analysed everyone's work. There was something relevant for each of us to take away. Great location and fabulous teachers.
That the materials and content were very clear, both in written form and in presentation. Good variety of activities, videos, discussion etc. Cathie was extremely professional, friendly and inclusive, and really 'knows her stuff'! If you want to improve your skills it's necessary to 'invest' in your writing. This course was definitely worth doing ‚ a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of writing picture books from go to whoa!
Cathie was very knowledgeable about the topic. I appreciated her honest and clear feedback. It was a great course and I would thoroughly recommend it to friends and colleagues.
Cathie was wonderful. Very generous with her knowledge, encouragement and heaps of informative ideas. I did not realise how complex this topic was and am so pleased to have been part of the student body in the class. It certainly opened my eyes into understanding this genre. I learnt quite a lot. It has taught me how to map out a children's story. The presenters at AWC are exceptionally experienced and enthusiastic. Their backgrounds in the genre are well established and their feedback is very encouraging.
The course was full on but in retrospect was the best way to have students go beyond what they felt they could achieve. The teacher, Cathie Tasker was incredible, firm, honest, upfront, and at the same time respectful of each students' needs, having them explore what could be possible through research and letting their thoughts settle. The group was diverse and very communicative, making the weekend a very wonderful experience; lots of sharing of who they were and their lives ‚ it felt like a community. This course is an opportunity to go beyond what you think is possible. It will provide you with the skills, knowledge and structure to begin story telling. It will also give you permission to tell a story about your passions ‚ sending a wonderful message to the world that will make such a difference.
I found Cathie very approachable when we have individual questions that we wanted to pick her brains on. She was very open and willing to provide feedback. I found that to be the most valuable part of the course. Do it. Do it for the writing skills. It really forces you to rethink what you put down on the page in a succinct way.
Well worth giving up a weekend for ‚ I felt supported and was given great feedback as well as vital information and leads to follow to pursue my dream of creating picture books. Oh my gosh, Cathie is a font of knowledge and experience with contacts, tips and a proven track record of coaching authors to publishing stage. Do it! Do it for clear direction, qualified expertise and insider tips. Thank you, Cathie. I feel honoured to have had the chance to learn from you.
Cathie is a fabulous teacher ‚ engaging, helpful, encouraging, honest and direct. She was also generous with her information which was obviously gained from experience. Cathie is a very giving presenter and she gave each of her students her full attention, providing feedback relevant to each of us individually.
Cathie was very knowledgeable. I was particularly impressed with the professional and patient manner in which she answered questions.
Great structure and really easy to understand. I thought Judy was great! Welcoming, full of information, constructive, witty and very funny. Presenting the information in such a way that it was easy to understand and that I was able to retain the information, leaving me confident about going forward in my writing career.
Excellent! Jude was entertaining, had a clear passion for children's literature, and thoughtfully responded with appropriate criticism and encouragement to our work. The course was very practical and hands-on.
I didn't really know what to expect as this is the first writing course I've ever taken. It was incredibly informative, interesting and I left with all my questions answered. Meeting other writers and hearing so many wonderful stories. It really made me feel positive about the industry. Jude was professional, knowledgeable and happy to share all that knowledge!
The presenters at AWC are professional and engaging. The Centre provides resources, tools, networks and inspiration - particularly valuable for those on the often-solitary writers path. Great experience. It's great to feed off mutual enthusiasm and take it wherever I'm heading.
Jude was absolutely sensational. She was always encouraging, patient and gentle with her comments and willing to share all her knowledge even after time was up. I thought it would be too short to be of value ‚ I was so wrong. Now I can't sleep for all the stories in my head.
Jude was great. Knowledgeable but low key. Encouraging, not divisive. Focused on the task, not distracted by all the stories we could tell. But told us lots of relevant stories about the books she used as examples of various styles. If you want to do a course at AWC ‚ Do it! Being in a room with a knowledgeable and experienced trainer, and with other people who have the same interest in writing, gives all sorts of benefits which just don't come with online courses or reading 'how to' manuals.
This course took away that daunting factor of how do I go about writing a book and laid it out in a very easy-to-follow and comprehend way. Judith was an excellent guide and I felt very comfortable being back in a classroom environment after more years than I care to remember! I enjoyed the clarity of presentation and being able to express myself in a friendly environment. Judith loves her subject and had the perfect balance between being serious and amusing at the same time ‚ very down to earth. This course tears down the wall of fear and lays out how simple the task is, except of course for the missing ingredient ‚ which is your own original idea.
Judith Rossell was knowledgeable, encouraging and affirming. I also found the interaction with other aspiring and more experienced writers most enlightening. This course was well worthwhile ‚ it offers creative and practical advice which might just be the catalyst you need to overcome writers block. I would highly recommend it to others.
The exercises and writing prompts were excellent. It was a very encouraging and supportive environment. I was very impressed by Judith. She had great insight into the process and delivered a great blend of practical tools and motivation. She oozed personality and fun, but also took the material seriously. It was a delight to be in her class. Do it. Don't hesitate. The course is passionate people doing what they love and sharing their knowledge. Go for it!
I went with a great interest to learn what I could and I was very happy with the outcome. Judith was a wonderful tutor, informative, friendly, encouraging, generous with detail and helpful advice. Her open approach and the easy-going environment she created with and for the group made for a pleasant and constructive two days. If you are dithering about committing to writing for kids because you are not sure what you don't know, go do an Australian Writers' Centre course to find out. Thank you!
Judith was incredibly generous with her time and knowledge. The support and encouragement she offered each and every student was genuine, practical and succinct. Her wealth of experience in writing and illustrating picture books left me humbled that she could share so much in such a short amount of time.
I really enjoyed getting feedback from Cathie, writing stories and reading many children's books. Cathie was very helpful and responded quickly to all questions. I would recommend the Australian Writers' Centre they are professional, organised, well-run and helpful.
I liked the inside knowledge and advice, for example the power of three explanation. Cathie was insightful and gave good, directed feedback. The Writing Picture Books course is a great intro into writing children's books, concise with a manageable challenge.
I have spent too much money in the past doing Open University courses to teach me how to write for children and I wish I found AWC before I attempted the Uni courses. This 5-week course was perfect because it only focused on the topic ‚ Writing Picture Books. I loved it! Cathie is great ‚ it was a privilege to have her read and comment on my work and I hope one day soon I do her proud and actually have one book published. SIGN UP NOW! Don't wait. Don't keep looking for other courses. Just do ALL the courses with AWC!
Cathie sounded very experienced and I found her feedback was both honest and encouraging. Picture books appear deceptively easy to write and doing this course has given me a newfound appreciation for authors and illustrators alike. If you are ever serious about wanting to write a picture book, this course is a must!!
The depth and breadth of information and advice are exceptional. I enjoyed the weekly challenges and learning to think differently. Cathie encouraged and pushed me to do better, when I got it right, she always acknowledged. In this course you learn rhythm, theme, style, tone, design and publishing as well as being inspired to keep going and improve/polish your work.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I now have fabulous material to study further to improve my writing skills and have cultivated a solid understanding of the industry. Cathie was straight to the point and thorough. AWC is the best place to understand the skills required and the industry expectations.
The course was jam-packed with useful information. I will need to revise it a number of times to absorb it all ‚ I love that the lessons are downloadable for this reason. The content is very practical, and Cathie's advice was great. She is a very clear, supportive tutor. I loved reading the work of the other students and also Cathie's feedback. The lectures were very interesting. Cathie was very professional, encouraging and clear in her feedback. She was honest about her thoughts but also made sure she encouraged each student. Cathie was also very generous in her knowledge of where to do further research into areas of interest for each of us. I am very grateful to her. AWC gives you access to tutors with a wealth of experience. This is something that would be very hard to obtain otherwise. There is so much information in the courses that there is plenty to go on with and revise after the course is complete. The courses ‚ particularly this Picture Book course - are very comprehensive.
After several rejections from publishers in the past I was looking for 'the missing link' and this course did the trick. It was fantastic. I loved listening to the audio and the content was always so informative and clearly explained. Cathie was fantastic, professional and always gave a quick response to questions and comments ‚ great constructive criticism. I loved every moment of this writing course and always looked forward to each new module on Monday. You will not find a more professional and hands on approach to learning how to write picture books anywhere. I highly recommended this course!
The material and assignments were challenging and yet still manageable with a full-time job and children to care for. My tutor was great ‚ her feedback was to the point and she was very quick to respond to questions. Great online learning environment if you are willing to commit the time. ‚ Nikki Macor HeathThe material and assignments were challenging and yet still manageable with a full-time job and children to care for. My tutor was great ‚ her feedback was to the point and she was very quick to respond to questions. Great online learning environment if you are willing to commit the time.
Thank you for an amazing course! I so wish that I'd found Cathie years ago instead of floundering around by myself trying to work it all out. I've read a lot of books like Ann Whitford Paul's Writing Picture Books and have done several other short children's writing workshops, none of which came close to the depth that your course provides. Your expertise was so valuable, and the content was specific, practical and useful. The handouts will be a resource I return to again and again. I was exhausted by the end of the weekend course, but also inspired. I feel now like I've got a better understanding of how it all works and some great tools to use for improving and developing my writing. Thank you so much.
The course was enjoyable and useful. Cathie Tasker was knowledgeable with lots of experience.
Cathie Tasker was incredible ‚ honest, upfront and respectful of each student's needs. We were all given the time to explore what could be possible through research and letting thoughts settle. The group was diverse and very communicative, making the weekend a very wonderful experience. There was lots of sharing of who they were... it felt like a community.
Cathie was professional, very knowledgeable and honest ‚ a great contribution to the group, not just as a teacher but as part of the community that was built together. The Writing Picture Books is an opportunity to go beyond what you think is possible. It will provide you with the skills knowledge and structure to begin story telling. It will also give you permission to tell a story about your passions, sending a wonderful message to the world that will make such a difference.
I really appreciated that the course was run over a weekend, this made it easier for me to attend. Cathie Tasker is a very down to earth and humble presenter, who makes everyone feel their dream is achievable. The course was held at a fantastic location. I enjoyed the small class size, and the classroom helped to build a connection amongst the group.
I found Cathie very approachable when we have individual questions we want to pick her brains on. She is very open and willing to provide feedback. I found that to be the most valuable part of the course. Do the course for the writing skills. It really forces you to rethink what you put down on the page in a succinct way.
It was well worth giving up a weekend for - I felt supported and was given great feedback as well as vital information and leads to follow to pursue my dream of creating picture books. The room had a lovely relaxed feel and the venue was great with clean amenities. I enjoyed the feedback about my specific writing interest. Also that our presenter could offer such diverse advice. Cathie Tasker is a font of knowledge and experience with contacts, tips and a proven track record of coaching authors to publishing stage. Oh gosh, I had so many lightbulb moments. Thank you, Cathie. I feel honoured to have had the chance to learn from you. If you're thinking about doing the course, you should do it! Do it for clear direction, qualified expertise and insider tips.
The presenter was very knowledgeable and approachable. I enjoyed the interaction, camaraderie and relationships formed. My one major learning moment during this course was that I worked out what works for me, and what kind of books I should write.
Writing Picture Books took away that daunting factor of 'how do I go about writing a book?'. The course was laid out in a very easy to follow and comprehend way. I enjoyed the clarity of presentation and being able to express myself in a friendly environment. Judith Rossell was an excellent guide and I felt very comfortable being back in a classroom environment after more years than I care to remember! She loves her subject, and had the perfect balance between being serious and amusing at the same time. This course tears down the wall of fear and lays out how simple the task is, except of course the missing ingredient, which is you own original idea.
Judith Rossell was knowledgeable, encouraging and affirming. I also found the interaction with other aspiring and experienced writers most enlightening. I have lots of ideas but needed the structure and practical advice provided in this course. I enjoyed exploring a wide range of picture books for children, from the perspective of the audience, including the design, text and illustrations. Doing a course at the Australian Writers' Centre is well worthwhile, they offer creative and practical advice which might just be the catalyst you need to overcome writers block.
The Writing Picture Books course exceeded my expectations. Zanni Louise is an excellent presenter for this genre! I enjoyed her real-world experience and being able to share ideas in a group setting. She's a lovely presenter - easy to listen to and approachable. The Australian Writers' Centre offer excellent courses with a lot of very useful content in a short timeframe.
Writing Picture Books had a quality presenter, strong resources, generosity of delivery, and a great space. Zanni Louise has a beautiful mix of knowledge, experience and truth ‚ wrapped up in a very warm and encouraging persona. It's an achievable course that provides the tools and resources to really understand crafting picture books at a professional level. A huge thank you.
At Writing Picture Books I enjoyed meeting other aspiring authors and hearing the stories they had written. I really liked listening to Zanni Louise as she was very warm and generous with her experiences and knowledge. She treated us all as equals capable of being published. She understood our passion for writing picture books and demonstrated her own passion and love for her craft. I would say that it is a course well worth doing where you are treated as a peer and welcomed into the fold. The depth of information provided is invaluable. All the people doing the course were lovely and we all learnt from each other under Zanni's guidance.
The content in Writing Picture Books was detailed, clearly worked through, and there were lots of opportunities to ask questions. The take home notes were a strong point of the course for me, I know I will refer to them again and again in the future. I enjoyed meeting the presenter and the other participants. I also enjoyed the challenge of writing a book, presenting it and receiving feedback. Zanni Louise was excellent. She was humble, though she has a lot of experience and success in the field. She was knowledgable, sensitive in the way she gave us feedback on our work, and encouraging. If you're serious about taking their writing to the next level, then do the course.
Zanni ‚ a beautiful mix of knowledge, experience and truth ‚ wrapped up in a very warm and encouraging persona. I felt I was actually on the road to writing... actually back at a new beginning, a much more informed and much more resourced beginning which I hope will save much future time and struggle. This was an achievable course that provides the tools and resources to really understand crafting at a professional level.
The content was detailed and clearly worked through with lots of opportunities to ask questions. Zanni was excellent ‚ humble, (though she has a lot of experience and success in the field) approachable, knowledgeable, encouraging and sensitive in the way she gave us feedback on our work. If you're serious about taking your writing to the next level ‚ do it!
The whole two days was enjoyable for me. I am a beginner in this area of writing, so I was a big 'sponge' for the whole weekend. Judith was incredibly professional, knowledgeable and interesting.
I don't think you could have chosen a better person for the course. She had so many resources to share too. Follow your dreams and enrol in the course(s) of your choice ‚ you won't be disappointed.
I loved the venue, the course content but most of all the presenter. Judith was kind, encouraging, engaging, funny, and very approachable. It is the best writers course I've ever participated in. Judith was outstanding. I am very shy. But I felt very comfortable in this course. So much so I found the courage to read my piece aloud, something I've never done before.
I enjoyed the experience and presentation from Judith Rossell, meeting other writers and learning much about picture books. I was impressed with Jude's knowledge and found her to be incredibly encouraging to us all. ‚ Heather Fearn-Wannan
Judith Rossell was excellent. The best presenter for me ‚ perfect. I loved the way she presented the content. She was personable, funny, calm, and extremely knowledgeable about what is expected when writing a picture book. Her own experience was invaluable to the group. I would go to any of Judith's workshops. I would recommend AWC in a heartbeat. You will learn everything you need to know to set yourself on the path to writing.
Judith Rossell is such an amazing presenter. Her knowledge and tips on writing for children and getting published was great. I enjoyed the feedback from Judith and hearing others share stories they had created. If you're thinking about doing a course at AWC ‚ just do it! It's amazing and well worth the time and money spent.
What a bundle of energy and enthusiasm, Danny made us feel that we could achieve and encouraged us to keep trying, we will not all be published authors but the knowledge we have gained from the course will stay with us and be a highlight to remember for a long time to come. It is actually an essential course for confidence building and to ensure we approach our writing for publishing or even to self-publish, in the best way possible. Lots of useful hints and insight into the world of writing.
Judith Rossell was a fantastic presenter; patient, funny, knowledgeable, credible and with an obvious passion for children's literature. I loved hearing others' stories and opinions, discussing famous published works, and learning tips and techniques about how to write for children.
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.
I really enjoyed listening to other people's stories and sharing my stories with others in a safe and encouraging environment. The Australian Writers' Centre is excellent. The teachers are published authors themselves and have a lot of passion for what they do. Go for it.
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.
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!
I enjoyed the opportunity to read work out loud and ask any questions I may have had. I also loved seeing the 'dummy books'. Judith was very funny and seemed genuinely interested in our work. As an illustrator/writer I loved hearing from an illustrator's point of view. Don't hesitate to do it!
I enjoyed the samples of books available, reading out passages and exchanging stories with the group. Judith was very engaging, positive and humorous, which made the course extra enjoyable. It was a practical course, engaging and the class size was less than 10 which allowed time for more in-depth discussions/sharing of stories.
I never thought I'd say this, but I really enjoyed the homework assignments. They kept my mind in a place I love to be all week long. Cathie is an expert and gave valuable advice on how to improve our writing. Do the course! It will set you free. Thank you Australian Writers' Centre!
The information was so valuable. Loved Cathie ‚ she was very knowledgeable and constantly dropped gold nuggets of information that I think would be very hard to find elsewhere. I had to rewrite all my stories and now they're much better. I'm more confident in my skills.
I found the ability to talk face-to-face with other like-minded people very inspirational. Cathie was great. I found her manner warm and approachable and I felt I could ask any questions.
Cathie was extremely knowledgeable. It was beneficial to get an editor's point of view ‚ it felt like we were given an insider's perspective on the picture book industry. The timing of the course over five weeks was also nice. It was just the right amount of time.
Cathie was a very knowledgeable presenter and I liked that she was open to all sorts of questions. It was great to hear how the publishing works from someone who has been there.
I thought Cathie was excellent. I appreciated her direct feedback and honesty. It was obvious that she had a great depth of experience and knowledge. I thought the course was interesting and Cathie's directness and sense of humour made it fun!
Cathie was a genuine, honest presenter who was generous with her experience and quietly firm about what is expected of the author of a children's picture book. She had a wry sense of humour and an engaging and organised way of delivering the work. I was really inspired to go home and get on with my book.
Cathie is extremely knowledgeable on the topic of picture books, and with so much relevant industry experience, her tips and insights were invaluable. The workshop aspect of the course and meeting other writers was terrific. Cathie was awesome. She was direct, honest, informative, funny ‚ perfect!
It was so interesting learning about the process of picture book production and colouring. Cathie is thoroughly knowledgeable about picture books and gave us fantastic information about the process.
Cathie's presentation really gave us something to chew on, each module was very substantial and has given me a lot to revise and refer to after the course. She brought so much knowledge and experience to the course, she's awesome.
I absolutely loved the course. Cathie gave us an in-depth and realistic perspective of the writing process and getting published, while being positive about the opportunities. Her knowledge is absolutely invaluable. She has inspired me to get back into my writing ‚ and to put it out there! The course was definitely worth flying in for.
Cathie, thank you for your insightful comments during this informative course. My dream has always been to publish my own picture books, and now I have the confidence to pursue that dream.
Cathie offered great advice and tips, along with all kinds of valuable information regarding writing a picture book for children.
I completed a five week online course with the Australian Writers' Centre and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the course to be well-structured, motivational and most importantly useful. The presenter, Cathie Tasker, offered valuable guidance along the journey and it was lovely to have the company of other students.
The course was full of practical tips. Everyone was at the same stage, so you didn't feel like you had to be full of ideas and a prolific writer already. Great presenter.
Australian Writers' Centre is an experienced organisation with experienced teachers. Abbotsford Convent is a great and inspirational location. I loved getting practical publishing information.
Thank you Cathie (and Valerie) for this course. Sincerely, I expected a great course from AWC, because all the other courses delivered by Valerie and her team of presenters are thorough and valuable, and simultaneously I am very grateful for another great course being delivered. It's really wonderful when you can trust in a company to deliver the high level of courses each and every time.
Cathie, your input has been invaluable - being able to see the feedback, not only for our own assignments, but the feedback from each participant's assignments has enhanced our learning. The content has provided us with a great base for going forward in our writing careers; a big thank you!
Danny made us feel comfortable and confident within ourselves. He was very clear on what we need to do, very informative and well-spoken. I enjoyed the challenge of learning a new skill. If you ever have an urge to learn the process, it's worth doing.
Danny was inspiring and entertaining. He definitely kept everyone engaged. Danny also offered real life experiences which was very helpful. The course was clear and realistic in terms of how to write and industry expectations. You should do this course, it really was useful
We were in a comfortable setting for the course. There were excellent notes to take home with us ‚ very comprehensive and useful to refer to at any time. Danny was a bundle of energy and enthusiasm. He made us feel that we could achieve our goals and encouraged us to keep trying. The knowledge we have gained from the course will stay with us and be a highlight to remember for a long time to come. It is actually an essential course for confidence building and to ensure we approach our writing in the best way possible. I just drank it all in and appreciated the opportunity to be there. One of the best weekends I have had for some time.
Danny was very easy to understand and he was genuinely interested and encouraged us all to pursue writing. He was very real about the whole writing process ‚ that it takes time and that you need to be willing to make changes and listen to advice. The course will provide you with the information that you would need to make a start with writing. The course is valuable and also helps you to really get started, which is often the hardest part with anything new.
I enjoyed Danny's style and the chance to use work on my own piece. Danny used experience-style learning combined with some lecture-style learning. I thought the course was well-paced and perfect timing over a weekend.
Danny has such a lovely presentation style, he shared his wisdom and experience as well as loads of humour thrown in. Danny was generous with his experience and his time and he was available throughout the entire course. His passion for the work shone through.
Danny was easy to listen to. His use of his own journey to explain the content was powerful. I liked how Danny gave each of us feedback on our writing. It was such a clearly set out course. You will get realistic, helpful information about writing picture books and getting them published.
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