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Verse Novels for Young Audiences



Karen Comer




Verse novels are wonderfully layered, both sparse and lyrical. You’ll create a mini creative journal to collect your fragments, make connections and most importantly, to play. Verse novels need flow and fragments, movement and stillness – you’ll write poems which cover these ideas. You’ll also explore the importance of symbols and add layers of meaning. This workshop is suitable for writers with a few initial ideas and those who have a first or second draft.
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You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • to create a mini creative journal to collect fragments of ideas, lines, descriptions, images – no artistic talent needed
  • to write a symbol poem, using images and layers of meaning
  • to write a movement poem to illustrate action and pace
  • to incorporate different types of visual effects
  • to edit your verse novel, focusing on plot, language and suitability for a junior fiction, middle-grade or young adult audience.

About the Tutor:

Karen Comer is an author, freelance editor and speaker based in Melbourne. She’s represented by Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management and Booked Out speakers’ agency. She presents writing workshops to adults and children. Her work as a freelance editor includes fiction for adults and children and non-fiction. Karen writes verse novels – Grace Notes for young adults (Hachette) and Sunshine on Vinegar Street for middle-grade readers (Allen & Unwin) were published in 2023. Sunshine on Vinegar Street recently received a CBCA notable for Younger Readers and Grace Notes made the CBCA shortlist for Older Readers. 

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Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to 'The Victorian Writer' magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 03 May 2024 - 4:00
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