Writing for Younger Audiences: 3-session intensive, with Sally Odgers – Elizabeth Town (N & NW Tas)

Writers' Centre Event

Writing for Younger Audiences: 3-session intensive, with Sally Odgers – Elizabeth Town (N & NW Tas)
Sat, 05/05/2020 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Region: 
North
Region: 
North West
Venue: 
ETC Cafe, Elizabeth Town

Bookings: admin@tasmanianwriters.org or phone 6224 0029

Book by Date: 
Mon, 30/04/2020

Writing for Younger Audiences: 3-session intensive with Sally Odgers – Elizabeth Town

4 hours x 3 sessions
Dates: Saturdays, fortnightly: 5 May, 19 May, 2 June.  12 noon to 4pm. 
Venue: Etc Café, Elizabeth Town
Cost: $140 for Writers' Centre members. A deposit of $70 will secure your place, with the balance payable by 31 March.

Oustandingly successful children’s author Sally Odgers will lead a three session intensive, allowing writers interested in writing for children or young adults to develop their projects. Each lesson will be four hours, plus a reasonable amount of homework between sessions. The intensive will assist you in writing or developing picture books and easy readers, chapter books and mid-age children's novels, and books for young adults (YA), explaining how complexity, tone and character change for each reading level. Course topics include:
Workshop One - Let’s Begin:
- Introducing writing for children in general, showing examples of the different formats and genres, including old, vintage, semi-modern and modern examples;
- Do's and don'ts, to head off problems before they begin.;
- Pinpointing target levels for students;
- Laying out basic premises, characters, plots and themes;
- Storylining.
Handouts will include plotting sheets, picture book templates (for those who need one), and target sheets. By the end of this workshop, writers will have a well planned storyline to assist with writing.
BETWEEN CLASSES: Work out a full chapter-by-chapter or scene-by-scene outline, and if possible write first chapter.
Workshop Two - Consolidation:
- Sharing of targets and any problems.
- Oral presentation of the story so far.
- Log Lines/ High Concepts.
- Style samples with a chance to edit with me.
- Revising targets in relation to what happened in the first week.
- Unrelated writing exercise.
- Work on Chapter 2 or beyond.
Handouts: editing sheets.
BETWEEN CLASSES: Write as much of the text as possible.
Workshop Three – Looking Forward:
- Sharing of targets and any problems.
- Oral presentation of the story so far
- Retro-synopsis writing
- Practical expectations and marketing session.

Sally Odgers is a successful Tasmanian author whose numerous publications include children's books at all levels, historical novels, fantasy and romance for adults, non-fiction, educational material, poetry and scripts. She co-writes the popular Jack Russell Dog Detective and Pet Vet series with her husband Darrel, published by Scholastic in Australia, the UK, US and Canada and also by Kane Miller in the US. She began tutoring young (and not-so-young) writers in the late 1970s, and added manuscript assessment services in the 1990s. She lives in Latrobe.