‘The prime function of the children’s book writer is to write a book that is so absorbing, exciting, funny, fast and beautiful that the child will fall in love with it.’ Roald Dahl
Writing for children can be fun and rewarding but most of it is simply hard work and a lot of practice. Join children’s author, Deborah Abela, author of 28 kids’ books, as she takes you through a practical, hands-on day of writing activities to hone the skills you need to write for kids. We’ll be looking at honing your ideas, creating characters who feel real and dialogue that rings true, plotting, editing and much more. Deborah loves what she does and is keen to share her experiences and insights about this specialised and incredibly exciting profession. You may like to work on new ideas during this workshop but you are also welcome to bring projects you are working on.
Deborah Abela Dip Teach, BA (Comm)
Children’s Author, Speaker, Teacher
Deborah trained as a teacher before becoming writer/producer of a national children’s TV show. She left in 2002 and has since become an internationally published and awarded author of 28 books, including her climate change trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm. Her family’s survival in WW2 inspired Teresa A New Australian. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery are dedicated to Deb’s grade 4 teacher, who sparked her love of words. Her picture books are Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero and Bear in Space. Deb’s won many awards but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters. www.deborahabela.com