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More information about Workshops below.

2007 dates:

Victorian workshops

Cost $200.

Bookings: Jennifer Dabbs   or 0433798168

CReATe a kids’book

Saturdays at Ormond.

Mainly picture books (but any other children’s writing/illustrating you wish to work on). Two tutors, an artist, and wordsmith Virginia Lowe.

February 24th
April 21st
July 28th
October 27th

Create a Kids’ Novel - with novelist Jennifer Dabbs, Saturday at Ormond

May 26th
November 24th

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Rural Victoria, Heathcote

Two tutors, Jennifer Dabbs for novels, Virginia Lowe for picture books

15th September.


Sunday 7th October with Virginia. At the NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle Hospital Grounds, Balmain Road, Rozelle 2039

Cost: $99
Bookings: Ph: 02 9555 9757  

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Do you know how many pages there are in a picture book?  How to make a storyboard?  How to submit a piece of work to publishers? All this and much more!
  • Professional writers, artists and designers who wish to expand their career opportunities
  • Those who have always wanted to make a book for children, but have no formal training (grandmothers are good customers)
  • Those who discover their novels are more suitable for adolescents than adults.

Everyone will benefit from these workshops.  This is the only workshop which offers the experience of two enthusiastic and experienced tutors, one for the words and one for the pictures (though both can do either).  There are exercises in the craft of writing, drawing and book design.  We offer advice on approaching publishers, and also discuss ways of self-publishing.  Novelists, short story writers and children's poets are all welcome and benefit from the experience of sharing their work with the other participants and the tutors.

The workshops have been offered since 1997.

Books Illustrated

Gasworks Park is also the home of Books Illustrated, the famous children's bookshop and gallery.
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Virginia specialises in the writing process, structuring a story and the selection of words.  She is happy to advise on the writing of books for children of all ages.  Jacqui or Jo advise participants on the visual creation of characters and their environments, styles of drawing, painting and book design.

Bring your story ideas, your characters, your anecdotes, the pictures that inspired you.  If you have none of these, bring yourself and we guarantee you will have a workable story idea, structured to fit picture book format, by the end of the workshop day - something to work on during the next month. Come equipped with your work in hand, a sketch book and pencil, and also paper for writing.

Novel Workshops: Novelist Jennifer Dabbs is the tutor, with Virginia Lowe. First chapters up to 1000 words will be assessed for participants in advance of the workshop (to be submitted at least a week before).


Virginia 03 9578 5689, or email: 

Jennifer Dabbs 0433 798 168 or Jacqui Young 03 5982 1614

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