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Plotting, Structuring and Pacing when Writing for Children

Are you a plotter or a pantser? 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. 


  • When: Saturday 12 October, 10am–4pm
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • With: Gabrielle Wang

About the Tutor

Photo of Gabrielle Wang
A photo of Gabrielle Wang.

Gabrielle Wang is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator. She has written and illustrated more than twenty novels for young readers. Her latest middle grade novel Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon was Shortlisted for the 2023 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Queensland Literary Awards and NSW Premiers Literary Awards. Gabrielle was the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2022 and 2023 and is the Victorian Premiers Reading Challenge Ambassador 2024.

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