Happy 2014! I hope you have a great year and stick to any resolutions. My husband’s will be easy as it was not to make any resolutions. I’m going to spend some time today trying to set some realistic goals – resolutions made in haste usually don’t last long for me!
I’ve got a few events planned in January and I need to start spreading the word. There are two high teas at The Tea Salon in Westfield Sydney on the 15th and 22nd – consecutive Wednesdays. We had two high teas in the September school holidays and they were lovely events. Lots of mothers and daughters and some grandmothers and granddaughters as well as the odd brother came along and enjoyed a morning of delicious food, good company and a Q&A with me. There will be books on sale for signing and I’m thrilled that Random House has been able to arrange early exclusive release of Alice-Miranda In Japan for these events.
It’s important to book early as the previous events were sold out very quickly and tickets are limited. It’s a lovely morning in the city and I know many of the parents planned some shopping and other activities in the afternoon, really making a day of it.
To find out more click on the link
I’m also teaching a writing course for keen and talented young writers as part of the Abbotsleigh Explore Program on Monday 20 and Tuesday 22 January at Abbotsleigh Junior School in Wahroonga. Young writers have to submit a piece of work and over the course of the two days we’ll look at developing their skills and knowledge and doing lots of writing. I love working with children and their enthusiasm is inspiring. Places are limited – to enquire follow the link below.
Lastly, I am teaching a course for adults who want to write for children at the NSW Writers’ Centre starting in February and running for five weeks, on Tuesday evenings. I taught the course last year and really enjoyed working with the participants.
I’ve posted the details below but to get more information or to book, click on the link below.
Writing for Kids
Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When: 5 x Tuesday evenings: 4, 11, 18, 25 February; 4 March, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Writing for children is big business. Despite the doom and gloom about the state of the publishing industry, the children’s market remains robust and growing. Children are reading and the demand for quality books is strong.
If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Morris Gleitzman, then this course is for you.
Over six evenings, Jacqueline Harvey will guide participants through a practical look at writing for children; from goal setting and understanding what you want to achieve, to finding your voice and knowing how to grow your story.
The course will cover everything you need to get started including:
- Understanding your potential audience
- Finding and developing ideas
- Creating believable characters
- Developing plausible plots
- Using dialogue effectively
- Literary devices
- The importance of editing
- Advice on getting published
- The business of being a writer
A series of practical exercises will give budding writers opportunities to explore style, voice and other key elements of writing for children as well demystifying the publishing process.
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student RequirementsPen and paper.
About the tutor
Jacqueline Harvey grew up telling stories. From a young age she harboured dreams of becoming a teacher and author. With plenty of outstanding educators around her, making a career as a teacher was the easy part. Having never met a real life author, writing was far more perplexing. It wasn’t until she was working as a teacher she met her first published author and the dream grew. She is now one of Australia’s bestselling authors for children. Her Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series’ have both been sold internationally; her first and only picture book, The Sound of the Sea was an Honour Book in the 2006 Children’s Book Council Awards and Alice-Miranda at School has been shortlisted for four children’s choice awards and the Australian Peace Literature Prize.
Until recently Jacqueline has spent her working life teaching in girls’ boarding schools and has been a Deputy Head and Director of Development. In 2012, she took a leap of faith becoming a full time writer and speaker.