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From Page to Published: Children’s and YA Writers Masterclass


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Want to write for kids or young adults? Beloved children’s and YA authors Maxine Beneba Clarke, Kirsty Murray and Zeno Sworder share their top tips on how to get published and run dynamic, engaging school visits.

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Calling all emerging children’s and young adult writers!

Keen to get your creative vision on the page? Wondering what stories you could be telling, how to find a publisher, and what it takes to engage enthusiastic young people on the school-speaking circuit?

Join acclaimed children’s and YA authors Maxine Beneba Clarke, Kirsty Murray and Zeno Sworder, along with host Jo Panckridge, as they take you from ideas on a page to the publishing house.

Our panel of experts will share tips on finding a publisher, polishing your manuscript, writing grant submissions and entering prizes, followed by a workshop on how to run an engaging school visit – and plenty of entertaining tales along the way.

Places are limited, so book your spot now!

Presented in partnership with the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Victorian Branch. Supported by Writers Victoria.


Accessible toilets available

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Registered Assistance Animals welcome

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Wheeler Education encourages creativity and critical thinking on a range of issues, offering a range of events that prioritises the voices and experiences of young people – on the stage, and off. In our dynamic and interactive events, we’ll hear from young people about the challenges facing them right now, we’ll equip them with the skills they need to participate in important public conversations and, most of all, we’ll celebrate their passions, their ideas, and their stories.


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Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, the award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the poetry collections Carrying The World and How Decent Folk Behave, and many other books for adults and children. Her forthcoming poetry collection is It’s The S... Read more

Kirsty Murray

Kirsty Murray is a multi-award winning author of 25 books for children and young adults. Her works include eleven novels as well as picture books, non-fiction and junior fiction titles. Kirsty’s books are widely studied in schools and universities and are published internationally. Every year, sh... Read more

Jo Panckridge

Jo Panckridge is the current president of the CBCA Victorian Branch and a teacher librarian at The Geelong College, an EL-Year 12 coeducational independent school in Victoria. Jo is a strong advocate for the importance of reading for pleasure, for equal access to books and programs to support readin... Read more

Zeno Sworder

Zeno Sworder is an award-winning writer, illustrator and picture book maker who is passionate about literacy, creativity and diversity. He was born into a mixed multicultural family in Australia and has worked as a window washer, a dish washer, a journalist, an English language teacher, a volunteer ... Read more


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