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All workshops require payment at time of booking. Bookings can be made by phone on 6262 9191 (Tuesday-Saturday), online or in person at the ACT Writers Centre office—Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. The Writers Centre has credit card facilities and EFTPOS. If paying by cheque, make payable to ACT Writers Centre. Enrolment will not be confirmed until payment is received.

Publishing a Picture Book with Tania McCartney

10am–4pm Saturday 22 November

This workshop is designed for those seeking to both create and produce children's picture books. It would also suit those keen to learn more about both the trade publishing and self-publishing markets, their constructs and the skillsets required.

Participants will learn about the processes required to create a picture book. Segments will include ideas, planning, storyboarding, the fusion of illustration with text, editing, book layout, design, and sourcing an illustrator.

Participants will also learn about the pros, cons and pitfalls of self-publishing, before exploring the basics of the self-publishing process and its requirements. This allows participants to better understand the self-publishing process, and whether or not this is the path for them—financially, as well as in terms of career development. Costing and projected revenue will be covered, as well as the complexity of marketing, sales and distribution.

Trade publishing, the way it works and its expectations from authors and illustrators, will also be covered. Tania will offer priceless tips on gaining a foothold into the children's trade market, and how to approach publishers.

For those wishing to take on the illustrious picture book, from an author, illustrator or publisher perspective, this workshop offers invaluable insight.

Tania McCartney is an award-winning author of both children's and adult books. The founder of respected sites Kids' Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, she is an experienced book and magazine editor, publisher, illustrator, reviewer and speaker. She has a great passion for juvenile literacy and book design. Tania's latest books include Tottie and Dot, An Aussie Year, and Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo: A journey around Canberra. Tania has lived in Paris, London and Beijing, and currently lives in Canberra with her supportive husband, two gorgeous kids, and a mountain of books. Visit her at www.taniamccartney.com

Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room
Code: All
Cost: $110 members, $95 concessional members, $170 non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.

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Workshop codes

The Centre's workshops and seminars now carry a code to help you choose the right workshops to match your abilities. Adherence to the codes is not mandatory, but should be used as a guide as to whether a workshop is suitable.

1 = Established writer with at least one published book.
2 = Developing writers who may have been published in journals etc.
3 = Emerging writers with little or no published work yet.
4 = Writing for enjoyment/basic improvement.