Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Storytelling As A Form Of Expression For Children With Special Needs




Storytelling As A Form Of Expression For Children With Special Needs



By Monisha Iswaran



Putting the effort into teaching your child with special needs how to engage with activities such as storytelling will benefit them considerably in the long run. It is one medium through which they can find an outlet for some much needed self expression. Understanding stories and learning how to retell them to an audience (even if that audience is only mum and dad sometimes), can help with reading, writing, self-confidence and numerous other skills that are essential as your little ones grow up.



The great thing about storytelling is that you are able to match the level of difficulty to your child’s ability. There are a wide number of children’s books available, which suit kids of different reading capabilities. You want to make sure you increase the difficulty of the books your little one reads by small increments - enough so that they are continually challenged and learning, but not so much that they feel discouraged and begin to resent reading as an activity. Once they have become familiar with the simple storyline, get them to retell the gist of it back to you. Similarly, you’ll want to increase the level of detail you expect from them bit by bit. When they first begin this activity, is likely they will only recap the story in a basic one line summary, or perhaps tell you a little about the main characters. That is totally fine! Although you may have to start out by asking them lots of prompting questions, the need to do so will slowly dissipate as they gain confidence, and hopefully begin to recall more from what they have read.



Another wonderful aspect of storytelling is that it is an activity you can engage in literally anytime, and anywhere. You don’t even really need a book present - you could have your little one practice by telling you a story about something that happened in school that day. If they are confident with the activity, they can even make something up and develop their imagination at the same time.



If it’s hard to convince your little ones to get excited about storytelling, combine it with an activity they already find fun! Swings are a great investment, as your kids will no doubt enjoy playing on them, but they are able to multitask while swinging back and forth. You could even make a game out of it, by saying “for each line of the story you tell me, I’ll give you one big push”, as they rock back and forth! Cots are extremely useful, as once you put your little one down for a nap or at their bedtime each night, you can recap the day’s happenings in storytelling form. If they are about to drift off to sleep, you can take a turn at reading to them or telling a story. That way they hear your version as an example, and we all know that’s how kids learn best.



The best thing about storytelling is that you can truly use it as a confidence-booster for kids. Particularly in the case of children with special needs or those with learning disabilities, issues such as self esteem and believing in their own capabilities are extremely important for their development. Activities that involve public speaking, language and can be adjusted to their current level of learning are perfect for doing so. Not to mention, getting lost in a love of reading and storytelling can be a fantastic form of self-expression and the perfect escape from the struggles of everyday life.



As a parent, encouraging your child to participate in such activities, especially in your household, outside of just school is particularly important such that your little ones start to identify storytelling as more than just something they have to do, but rather a hobby they can turn to when they feel down, or just need an emotional release. The benefits are numerous, it’s easy to implement and there aren’t any downsides - so what are you waiting for? 


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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Engaging Children Through Reading to be Critical Thinkers



Engagement through reading occurs when caregivers can help children by using interpretive tools to select, connect and organise information int he text to construct real meaningful interpretations of their own lives. The context of reading and the culture of literacy on a family and social level can also influence engagement. Reading with your child, not to your child, is important on a cognitive, metacognitive and motivational level. Children who have been engaged in reading from a young age do better academically and are more attentive students. During organic engagement, attention and mental processes are focused on the book and the learner is completely absorbed in the task of reading and in a state of flow. Although a child may be looking directly at the pages in a book and may appear to be engaged, they may only be going through the motions. Engaging your child during reading means sustained and personal commitment to create understanding.
 
Children are more likely to be engaged in reading when they believe they are capable of understanding, when it is interesting and when they feel it is important to them. This is why, as I have mentioned before in my previous blogs, that engaging children with reading books must come after they have a firm grasp of the relevance of words and communication in their day to day lives. This will help them to self regulate their attention and effort, relate new information to existing knowledge and monitor their own comprehension, making them more likely to have the physical and mental ability to hold their attention long enough to be successful readers.  It also makes it easier for them to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information, link familiar knowledge to incoming information and organise sequences from the story, making them critical and creative thinkers.
 

In order for engagement in reading to occur, caregivers must provide instructional conditions that support it. A family culture that provides for child interaction and caregiver modelling of cognitive processes promotes the notion of reading as a transactional process where meaning occurs as the child’s expectations and experiences are in transaction and content of the text. Reading should be viewed as an interpretive process rather than as an exercise in listening and sitting still. Children should be encouraged to use strategic comprehension processes such as predicting, relating to prior knowledge and asking questions about the text in a reader-response collaborative discussion.
 

Too often, children’s experience of human interaction emerges as an unpredictable negotiation between being an individual and being asked to fit in with the expectations of others. They are asked to be passive participants in their learning. To engage children in reading, a more active stance is required. Children should be encouraged to use their own individual interactions with the text as they attempt to make sense of it so they can craft their own interpretations. As caregivers model interpretive tools, children become accustomed to seeing them used to derive a meaning from the text and develops an inherent reflexivity in its use as a tool to nurture engagement.

If you have any other ideas on why you agree that reading is an integral part of developing critical and creative thinkers, I would love you to contact me or comment below.





Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Top 5 Tips for Building your Child's Vocabulary





Vocabulary is extremely important to a child's literacy development. especially if they struggle to communicate. Having a broader range and understanding of what words mean and do can help even the most reluctant reader and speaker into exploring the benefits of a wide knowledge of language. Most people make the mistake of thinking that reading to them and getting them to read aloud is the first place to start, but this is in fact the end goal. When children see the purpose and priority behind where words fit in their day to day lives, they are more responsive to engaging with literacy activities that foster a love of reading.



1. Use Rich Oral Language


Children learn to speak through listening to and engaging in talk. Young children whose parents use high level, rich, meaningful conversations when not only speaking to their children, but also speaking to each other, will give the best chance of absorbing a higher vocabulary and reading achievement.




2. Use Broader Concept Words


When talking about a particular subject, instead of trying to teach words individually, use groups of words in sets that are conceptually related. For example, when speaking about a farm, use words related to life on farm, different families of animals and how those concepts relate to their day to day life.







3. Introduce New Words


By relating new words to words that children already know helps to not only expand the word in context, but helps them find congruent ways to figure out the meaning of words. Use the word they already know, like 'funny' and then add a different word in the same sentence like 'hilarious' to introduce a new word. When this is encountered repeatedly and diversely through meaningful activities, conversations and texts, the new words become part of the child's world.



4. Make It Relatable


There are so many fun and engaging ways to draw attention to the words all around us. Playing with words through songs, humour and raising consciousness can be empowering for children. They can feel like they are developing a sense of understanding and power over the part of themselves that communicates with others which can be incredibly powerful.



5. Have Fun With Words


Words should be cherished, nurtured, celebrated and loved. If children can see how much fun you have playing around with words, they will be more motivated to take the initiative and seek out opportunities to engage with them throughout the day. When children are self motivated, they learn faster and foster a life long love of reading. Reading to them and having them reading aloud is most beneficial when they have achieved this level of understanding. Then the real fun begins...forming a lasting bond with your child through sensory storytelling and amazing, empowering, encouraging picture books.











If you have any other tips you would like to share, please don't hesitate to contact me.






Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Top 10 tips for Connecting with Toddlers through Reading Time

Here are my top ten tips for Connecting with Your Little Ones.






• Build a foundation of communication and word structure for your child by helping them to become familiar with common sounds, words and language that you use throughout the day.



• Introduce them to the value of books by incorporating them into playtime as well as a bedtime routine.



• Talk about what you have read. Help your children understand that ideas need to be discussed and thought about critically and creatively. This will help show them that words can be communicated to other people in different ways to pass on the message. If you have read something you don’t agree with, discuss that as well. Children need to learn that everything this is written is not necessarily the truth.







• Find ways in everyday activities to spark your child’s imagination. Stimulate curiosity and help his brain development by using words creatively. Don’t be scared about using ‘big words’. Vocabulary is key to improving communication in young children.



• Use sounds in fun ways. Make silly made up sounds and vary your pitch and tone when talking, reading and singing songs together.



• Help your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’. Imaginative play with toys and books is a great way to switch from real life scenarios to make believe world building. Encourage made up stories but be clear about when the time is needed for truth.







• Picture books can be great tools for you to use to help your child understand change and new or frightening events, and also the strong emotions that can go along with them. The library is an amazing resource for finding diverse books.



• Stop and listen when your child is trying to tell you something. Maintain eye contact. Try to stay as still as you can. Your child will develop early literacy skills like the ability to listen to and understand words faster if they feel they themselves are being listened to and understood.



• Teach your child the importance of following simple instructions by writing shopping lists together and getting them involved with easy cooking recipes or reading aloud to them as you are cooking so they can see the importance of written words.





• Foster a sense of humour by sharing laughter every day. Laugh out loud at silly jokes, something accidental or unusual that happened or silly sounds. Learning to laugh is important for a child’s communication, literacy and emotional development. Best of all, the sound of your laughter will make them the happiest of all.





If you have some great top tips, I would love you to contact me.


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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Top 5 Tips to get ASD kids reading.

Here are my top 5 tips to encourage young ASD children to fall in love with reading.



1.Let them pick what to read. Our local libraries love us. We almost always leave with 10 children's books. It works for us because it allows Tom to have a choice of what he wants to read based on whatever new obsession he has t hat week. I love the idea of teaching children to choose books on their own, regardless of their reading level. I love anything that encourages independence and I work with whatever motivated Tom to pick up that book, even if it is way above his comprehension level. Books are about so much more than words and pictures. They are about forming connections

2. Focus on sight words. Do everything you can to make them fun and playful but don't worry too much if they aren't picking it up straight away. This is a long term strategy for reading that needs to start early, way before they walk into a classroom. The more letters and words they recognise, the easier reading will be. It's not rocket science, it's repetition.

3. Make books available at play time, not just bedtime. We have books everywhere at our place. We keep them in in the playroom, in the kids’ bedroom and in the car. Bedtime is a lovely time to share stories but it is more about the senso ry stimulation they receive from being close to you than a learning experience. ASD kids respond well to using books as part of extending their play time by integrating literacy into their daily routine.


4. Read aloud. Even if it seems like they aren't listening, part of their brain is responding to the sounds of your voice. Varied tone, intonation and volume are important. Most importantly of all, it doesn’t have to be from a book. Read the paper, read the cereal packet, read the instructions on the packet meal for dinner. Get older siblings, grandparents or anyone who is willing to read aloud and then initiate a conversation with them about what they are reading. This encourages critical and creative thinking and associates books as a valued resource to facilitate easy conversation and connection with others.



5. Let them see you reading. ASD kids can be visual creatures who love to mimic others. If they see you reading, they a re more likely to do the same. Talk to them about what you are reading. Find a word they might recognise. Read varied books, magazines and online articles so they can see you use reading and books in your everyday life as an adult and they will grow to understand that even though reading might be difficult now, it will be a skill they will need when they get older so they will be more encouraged to stick with it.


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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Animals at the Farm, Each the Same by Michelle Worthington




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The cows are in the milking shed, the horses are in the stable and the sheep are in the field. They all have their jobs to do to help make the farm a happy place to live. Someone s squelching in the mud and it s not the pigs. Who can it be?
Hardcover, 28 pages by Ambassador International (May 21, 2013)

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Overcoming 'Mother Guilt' with a writing career





Share your Story




Writing for me is more than a hobby. I want to make it my career and I am well on  my way. I have just signed by 15th picture book contract and started my own company, Share Your Story, to help aspiring authors realise their dream of becoming published storytellers.

My goal this year is to be interviewed on radio and television about my writing.  The top reason is to increase brand awareness of Michelle Worthington - author. The second reason is to sell more books. The third reason is to get speaking engagements nationally at writers festivals and womens groups. The fourth reason is - because it would be so awesome!
Providing for my family and setting a good example for our kids is above other things why I want to be successful. Strangely enough, I wouldn't put this as my top reason for wanting to achieve this goal. When your goal is hard, and your dream is bigger than your comfort zone, can living a dream for someone else really be enough to keep you motivated? Is it so awful to want to achieve something just for yourself? Have we become so scared of being labelled 'selfish' and a 'bad mother' because we want to feel good about ourselves for something we alone have accomplished?  My kids love me and they want me to be happy, so does hubby. But, do they want the dream I have? Do they share my passion? The answer is no. Doing it for them is not enough. I have to do it for myself. What other people think of me is a huge achievement-blocker that needs to be overcome because when my goal becomes difficult to reach, it will be easy to stop and justify failure by saying it didn't turn out to be the right thing for my family and I will listen to the million reasons why I shouldn't keep trying. What if it was the right thing for me and I just gave in because it meant my family would have had to make some changes and sacrifices for me to achieve it? My goal is my salvation. When I do achieve my goals this year, with the love and support of my family, it will something I have done for myself and I want to be proud of that.



Monday, 27 February 2017

Book Review - The Boy on the Page by Peter Carnavas

The Boy on the Page
By Peter Carnavas
Target 5-10 year olds


A small boy lands on the page and quite by accident, discovers the joy and wonder of life.

Book Review



As an author, I always find it a bit uncomfortable when I read a picture book and it lets me see inside the head of the person who wrote it. Looking into Peter's head through this amazingly beautiful book is mystifying and a little bit scary that one person can be so singularly talented in both words and pictures. New Frontier Publishing is known for releasing books that may seem too out of the box for mainstream companies and they should be applauded for encouraging Peter to spill his imagination all over the page in every book he creates. His books are creations. They are the types of books adults love as much as children, which  makes it easier to read again and again. A great read for kids who read more into a story than is actually written.



About Peter

Peter's first picture book, Jessica's Box, was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Queensland Permier's Literary Award, selected as a Notable Book by the CBCA and shortlisted for the 2009 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award. It appeared recently on Play School. Peter was also shortlisted for the Crichton Award. His previous title, The Children Who Loved Books, has been selected for the 2013 Get Reading Campaign.




Other books by Peter

The Great Expedition
The Children who Loved Books
Sarah's Heavy Heart
Last Tree in the City
Jessica's Box

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

My Brother Tom by Michelle Worthington at Mater Little Miracles Day in the Park



Please join us on Sunday February 26th, 2017, 9am - 4pm at Pelican Park, Clontarf in order to help raise money for Mater little Miracles in support of premature babies.

This event is open to the public. Please feel free to invite whomever you think might be interested :)

If you can't make it to the event and would still like to help out by donating, please check out our online donations page, which is set up through Mater:

https://give.everydayhero.com/au/candice-cassie-s-mater-little-miracles-day-in-the-park



We are planning a fun family day. There will be free entry and some free live entertainment.


I will be reading and signing copies of My Brother Tom, a book for older siblings of premature babies to help them understand and cope with a stressful time. I will also have my other books for sale with a portion of proceeds going to the event.

In fact, we have just confirmed we will have famous YouTube children's entertainer Debbie Doo flying up ...from Melbourne to perform throughout the day. What an incredible woman! The kids are going to go nuts :)

We will also have characters from your kids' favourite tv shows and movies making appearances, such as Marshall from Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig, Goku from Dragon Ball Z, and Superman.

There will be face painting, jumping castles, a petting zoo, crazy hair stand, disco tent, and a few other fun things for the kids, all for a $2-$5 donation each towards the charity.

We'll have a couple of professional photographers doing themed photoshoots for a great price. So bring your little ones down to capture some great pics, and donate to an amazing cause :)
We will have superheros, princesses, and pop stars themed shoots.

These shoots will need to be booked in, so please contact us for more details.

There will be food and market vendors there on the day so don't forget to bring some extra cash if you would like to do some shopping and eating. These vendors have made generous donations towards the charity in order to be at our event so we'd love to give them lots of business as thanks :)

Please invite your friends and join us for what will not only be a fun-filled day for the kids, but also helping towards an extremely worthy cause :)



Friday, 24 February 2017

Share Your Story Australia


Share Your Story Australia is for aspiring authors who would like to get published but don't know where to start. If you would like to learn from published authors and industry professionals as they share the story behind the story, book now for one of our meet up events. The journey towards publication is different for each of our guest speakers and they will be sharing tips, trials and triumphs in a series of talks and Q and A panels in our one day seminars or providing hands on, practical information in our workshops. If you have a story you are wanting to get published, come and hear from those who have been there, done that to learn what worked and what to avoid. We will also be showcasing the guest authors works and they would love to personally sign books for you on the day. You will also have the opportunity to share your story in an open mic session and get feeback from industry professionals. Topics we cover in our workshops and seminars include self publishing vs traditional publishing, the submission process, marketing, social media for authors and industry trends.


Join us on Meet Up: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Share-Your-Story-Australia/



Thursday, 16 February 2017

Cover Letter and Submissions Masterclass

Join internationally published award winning author and Director of Share Your Story, Michelle Worthington, in a Masterclass designed to get your story the best chance of being published. Topics include understanding submission guidelines and standard practices, researching potential publishers, what to include in the cover letter and how to sell yourself as an author. Publishers use a cover letter to quickly make a decision about whether an applicant demonstrates the background and professional experience they are looking for and it can make the difference between whether your manuscript gets the attention it deserves or even if it is read by the people who make the decisions. All printed resources are included in the price of the workshop, including a sample cover letter and a template to write your own. This practical workshop will give you the skills you need to feel confident in submitting your manuscript to publishers for consideration.
Tea, coffee and light refreshements will be served, and of course...chocolate biscuits.
Bookings essential


Date and Time


Location

Redlands Healing Centre
557 Mount Cotton Road
Sheldon, QLD 4157

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cover-letter-and-submissions-masterclass-tickets-31768737148

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Writing Romance, Memoirs and Historical Fiction



Share your Story is for aspiring authors who would like to learn from industry professionals and established writers about the publishing industry and the process of getting a book published. Join international award winning author Michelle Worthington and her amazing guest speakers as they share the story behind writing romance novels, memoirs and historical fiction. Special guests include self publishing historical fiction superman Warwick O'neill, the inspirational memoir rockstar Caylie Jeffrie and romance writing diva Tina Clark. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Tea and coffee and refreshments provided, and of course...chocolate biscuits!

Date and Time

Location

Wynnum Library
145 Florence Street
Wynnum, QLD 4178

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-romance-memoirs-and-historical-fiction-tickets-29603691438

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

LinkedIn Masterclass with Julie Mason


Businesses large or small that want more referrals, leads and sales with quality prospects and clients using LinkedIn have a powerful ally – Julie Mason. The highly-motivated businesswoman, keynote speaker and author loves nothing more than demystifying LinkedIn and sales strategy.

These days, Julie is known as ‘The Social Media Princess’ a name aptly bestowed upon her by her clients for her ability to make the confusing world of social media simple to understand and use, strategic, profitable and fun!

Through her coaching programs, speaking events and online webinars, Julie has helped and inspired thousands of people to make a significant difference in their business using social media and LinkedIn.

Julie is a passionate LinkedIn expert and specialises in creating strategies that promote your brand, enhance your reputation and generate big money leads for your business.
Julie’s message is simple – “With over 80% of B2B conversions coming from LinkedIn, can you afford not to use it correctly?”

Starting her first foray into cold-calling at the tender age of 5 years old, Julie was on a mission to raise money for the poor people through selling her crayola and paddle-pop stick masterpieces. She returned home to her shocked mother rattling her bag full of coins with great success! This was the start of Julie’s love affair with sales.

Julie has over 25 years experience in traditional sales and 15 years in door-to-door cold calling prior to discovering social media and starting to use those tools to build two successful businesses herself using the methods she now teaches others.

In the past 12 months Julie’s clients have generated over $1,000,000 using simple strategies that are proven to work. Whether to position yourself as an Authority in your niche or to generate quality leads and sales, Julie has a strategy that will be tailored for your business needs.
For more details, follow Julie on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/GuruJules/
Tea and Coffee Provided. Bookings essential.

The Colmslie Hotel
Wynnum Road
Brisbane, QLD 4170
Australia

Saturday, 22 April 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/linkedin-masterclass-with-julie-mason-tickets-31020262440

                          



Monday, 13 February 2017

Goal Setting for Creatives

Share your Story is for aspiring authors, illustrators, musicians and creatives who would like to learn from industry professionals and established artists about the publishing industry and the process of getting published. Join international award winning author Michelle Worthington and her amazing guest speakers and panellists as they explore best practice on Time Management and Goal Setting for the Creative Industries. Special guests include self publishing guru Martii Maclean, anxiety coach and Daddy Daycare extraordinaire Reece Anderson, the inspiring Susan Bradley, children's author Michel Deverall , award winning screen writer Vacen Taylor and romance rockstar/event management diva Tina Clark. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Tea and coffee and refreshments provided, and of course...chocolate biscuits!

Date and Time


Location

Wynnum Library
145 Florence Street
Wynnum, QLD 4178

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/goal-setting-for-creatives-tickets-29603528952

Friday, 10 February 2017

Website Design, SEO and Content Creation for Creatives


If you're like most small business, your website will be your primary marketing tool. It is your business 'shop window', open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, showcasing your products and services. If you are a creative business, this becomes even more important.
Join award winning international author Michelle Worthington, Wild Cat Design CEO Cath Koch and Digital Content Creator and Photographer Kerrin Smith for a masterclass discussing all aspects of web design, SEO optimisation and creating organic and effective content.

Cath Koch is passionate about small business web design. She enjoys seeing her clients vision become a reality and will be giving advice to start ups to get them up and running with a professional website, logo & business cards. She will be sharing her journey and discussing how most of her time is spent working with established business to improve their website content, website style or functionality. She will be providing practical advice to help your business grow thanks to a professional web presence and excellent Google Search Ranking.
Cath has over 15 years’ experience creating websites, having spent years working in digital image manipulation and graphic design prior to that. As a business owner, web designer and graphic designer, she offers a boutique service, providing individual time and attention to each client project.
Kerrin is a videographer and photographer and has worked with hundreds of clients to create visual marketing content. She is passionate about making quality multimedia products for her clients that are creative and interesting, as well as being powerful online marketing tools. She will be discussing how business owners should recognise the importance of creating video content for their businesses and will provide practical advice on where to start. She will be providing tips to overcome common barriers to making DIY videos including a lack of time, confusion about what equipment and software to use and a lack of confidence on camera.
Share your Story is for aspiring authors, illustrators, musicians and creatives who would like to learn from industry professionals and established artists about how to move forward in their chosen industry and the process of marketing their unique brand.

Tea and Coffee provided..and of course chocolate biscuits.
Bookings essential.

Date and Time

Location

Redlands Healing Centre
557 Mount Cotton Road
Sheldon, QLD 4157


Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/website-design-seo-and-content-creation-tickets-31622739465

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Picture Book Masterclass

Discover the principles of writing for children and learn to create dynamic and vibrant picture books in this exclusive masterclass with international award winning author of empowering picture book author, Michelle Worthington. Two time winner of the International Book Award for Children's Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children's Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books. Her goal is to inspire children to believe in themselves and encourage reluctant and special needs readers to fall in love with books. She will share with you her extensive industry knowledge, the basic principles behind writing for children, picture book publishing guidelines and updates on the current market and publishing environment. This masterclass is for anyone who is wanting to publish a picture book but places are limited as Michelle's expertise in this area is sort after all over Australia. Bookings essential as places are limited to ensure each participant gets one-on-one time with Michelle to discuss their picture book idea. Tea and coffee provided...and of course, chocolate biscuits!

Date and Time

Location

Wellington Point Community Hall
347 Birkdale road
Birkdale, QLD 4159

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/picture-book-masterclass-tickets-29603340388

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Writing for Children Full Day Seminar

Writing for Children

Share Your Story events are for aspiring authors to learn from industry professionals and established writers to further their dream of being a published author. Join international award winning picture book author, Michelle Worthington and her special guests for a full day workshop on writing for children. Hear from multi-published children's author Aleesah Darlison, internationally published author Rachel Noble, bi-lingual author Melina Mallos, chapter book author Michel Deverall, self-publishing guru Martii Maclean, author/editor/publisher Julieann Wallace and the emerging talent of Yvonne Mes talk about the specifics of writing for children and how it is different from other types of publishing. Free parking. The cost includes tea, coffee, refreshments, a light lunch...and of course, chocolate biscuits!!! Bookings essential.

These are just some of the topics that will be covered. Looking forward to seeing you there.
-How to select a publisher
-The mechanics of submitting your work
-The editorial process
-The design process
-Contracts
-Selling systems and promotion
-Opportunities in e-book and self-publishing

Date and Time

Location

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
17 Runnymede Road
Capalaba, QLD 4157

Book now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-for-children-seminar-tickets-29602710504