ONLINE WORKSHOP: Plotting, Structuring and Pacing when writing for children

Portrait of Gabrielle Wang
25 October 2020 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Gabrielle Wang
Are you a plotter or a panster? How do you decide which is the best way to tell your story? What is the difference between plot and structure? How do you pace your novel to give your story full impact? Through discussion and various writing and drawing exercises we will explore ways of getting to the heart of your children’s early reader, first chapter, or middle grade story. Participants are encouraged to bring along samples of their work in progress to refer to during workshop exercises.


This workshop will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

Included in this course:

  • 2.5 hours of information, education, industry insider advice, tricks and tips
  • Writing exercises to help hone your craft and reinforce your new skills
  • 1 hour interactive webinar for questions, clarifications, and skills extension
  • Personalised feedback from Gabrielle on a piece of writing up to 500 words 


Learning Outcomes

  • New ways of seeing your novel and renewing inspiration
  • What to do when your plot isn’t working
  • The importance of setting for plot and structure
  • How to storyboard your novel
  • How to determine the pace of your story

About Gabrielle Wang

Gabrielle is a children’s author and illustrator who has twice won the Aurealis Award. Her novels have been Notables in the CBCA awards and two of her works were Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Gabrielle has published 7 middle grade and 9 junior fiction novels. She is author of two of the popular Our Australian Girl series, Poppy and Pearlie. Ting Ting the Ghosthunter is her latest book, a sequel to A Ghost in My Suitcase. Find out more about Gabrielle at


If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus six free copies of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.


And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: 0390947895
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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