Sunday 22 September 2013


Note: An asterix * indicates Australian authors or organisations

1.    The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. Not aimed at children’s writers but applicable to chapter books.

2.    *Mem Fox's website talks about creating picture books -

3.    *On Writing Books for Children by Jenny Wagner

4.    *Joining professional organizations such as – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), Local Writers’ Centres

5.    *Richard Harland put this website together - also available as downloadable PDF

7.    *Hazel Edwards’ website has lots of useful information for new writers -
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8.    *Jill McDougall - has a terrific e-book that can be downloaded from her website called Become a Children’s Writer

9.    Andrea Shavick has also written a book called Get your picture book published

10. Nancy I. Sanders' award-winning book—‘Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children's Books’ - Published in 2009 by E & E Publishing.

11. Rachel Burke’s blog - has 27 different categories of writing info listed, with new stuff added all the time.

12. Writing for children by Pamela Cleaver

13. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

14. *How to Become a Children's Writer’ by Bren MacDibble is published by Australian Associated Publishing House for Australian College QED Pty Ltd as part of their TopJob Guide series.

15. * How to Write a Great Children's Book by Robyn Opie;
Also available as a published book, too. The URL is:;

16. * The Australian Writers’ Marketplace

17. *John Marsden:  Everything I know about writing

18. Tom Chiarella: Writing dialogue

19. Tracey Dils: You can write children's books

20. Jean Karl: How to write and sell children's picture books

21. Joan Aiken: The way to write for children

22. *Hazel Edwards: The business of writing for young people

23. Celia Warren:   How to write stories

24. Revision – a creative approach to writing and rewriting fiction by David Michael Kaplan.

25. *Mentoring Your Memoir by Goldie Alexander

26. *Reason to Write and Ideas to Go’and several other writing manuals by Sally Odgers, available as e-books or from  as paperbacks. The list is up at

27. *Libby Gleeson's Writing Like a Writer

28. *Dianne Bates: How to Self Edit (To Improve Writing Skills) $22 posted and Wordgames (Activities for Creative Thinking and Writing) $20 posted. Both books have many writing or editing exercises. Available from . Di’s most recent novel is The Girl in the Basement, available from



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