Idea to Action: Getting Your Picture Book on the Page

A portrait of Maxine Beneba Clarke
17 October 2021 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Maxine Beneba Clarke
Arrive with a picture book idea; leave with a finished first draft of the text, and a fully visualised illustration concept.

You will learn:

  • How to create an engaging narrative voice for young readers

  • An overview of the current picture book market in Australia

  • How to structure a text for young readers

  • What makes a great relationship between words and illustrations

  • How to pitch a picture book


Bring Along: 

  • A copy of your current favourite kids picture book
  • an idea for a picture book
  • (please don't bring along an already finished text!)
  • notebook and paper
  • a laptop or a phone for research


About Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the multi-award winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, and numerous poetry collections. Her children’s picture books include When We Say Black Lives Matter, Fashionista, Wide Big World, and the Boston Globe/Horn Prize-winning and CBCA shortlisted The Patchwork Bike.

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