Category Archives: Writing for children

Paula Weston asks: Why aren’t YA books as respected as ‘adult’ books?

Today we have Brisbane based author, Paula Weston, whose debut YA fantasy Shadows has just been released from Text Publishing. Paula is going to talk about her passion, writing for Young Adults. She raises the question why are YA (and … Continue reading

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Calling writers of childrens and young adults books

Text Publishing have opened their Children and Young Adults Writing Competition again. See here for details. ‘Both published and unpublished writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works of fiction or non-fiction. Judged by a panel of editors … Continue reading

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Boost for the ego!

Had the best possible author’s night last night! It was a Battle of the Books at Montreuil, where young readers, in groups of two or three or solo, spoke up for their favourite book in 3 minutes. There were about … Continue reading

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Ian Irvine Reveals 41 Ways to Keep Readers Turning the Page!

 41 WAYS TO CREATE AND HEIGHTEN SUSPENSE IN FICTION PART ONE – CHARACTERS AND THEIR PROBLEMS According to top New York literary agent Noah Lukeman (The Plot Thickens), if a writer can maintain suspense throughout the story, many readers will … Continue reading

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Revisting Old Ideas with Foz Meadows

Today we have Foz Meadows visiting: (here she is in ‘serious’ mode) Original Inspiration: I was ten years old when I first started writing stories for fun, and twelve when I decided I wanted to grow up to be an … Continue reading

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Getting past the Gate Keeper

Pan Macmillan have set up a Manuscript Monday: ‘a new initiative which is part of Pan Macmillan Australia’s manuscript submission process. If you’ve ever dreamed of getting published, and have a story you’d like to pitch, here’s your chance to … Continue reading

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Calling Aspiring Writers

The QWC /Hachette Maunsxcript Development Program has opened for writers of young adult fiction, fiction and non fiction, Applications close 21 July. The Allen& Unwin Manuscript Development Program for emerging writers of children’s fiction is open. Applications close 14 July. … Continue reading

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Calling YA and Children’s Writers

For those of you who don’t get the QWC e-bulliten: QWC’s Manuscript Development programs are now open QWC has once again teamed up with some of Australia’s top publishers to create opportunities for emerging writers across the nation. The QWC/Hachette … Continue reading

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Aspiring Writers of Kids and Young Adult books…

Text Publishing have opened their Kids/YA manuscript competition again. See details here. The competition will open May 2nd and close 3rd June, 2011. The winner of the 2010 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing was the post-apocalyptic action … Continue reading

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Meet Richard Harland

A man of many waistcoats, Richard Harland is a great raconteur. (If you ever have to do a reading at an SF Con, try not to be slotted in after him). A writer of SF, fantasy, horror, mystery and the … Continue reading

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