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Writing for Primary Audiences

This course is for writers looking to write for primary children aged 5-12. Read, dissect and discuss classic and contemporary works for children. Expand your own children’s book concept – exploring voice, language, genre, structure, style, illustration and form. Learn what’s happening in Australian children’s literature at the moment and how to pitch a work for primary children to a publisher. Explore agents and publishers to submit pitches to. 


  • When: Sunday November 19, 2023, 10am-4pm
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • With: Maxine Beneba Clarke

About the Tutor

A portrait of Maxine Beneba Clarke. She is smiling contemplatively with her head supported by one hand.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the ABIA and Indie award-winning author of the short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the memoir The Hate Race, and the poetry collections Carrying the World, How Decent Folk Behave and It’s the Sound of the Thing: 100 new poems for young people. Her books for young children include The Patchwork Bike, Fashionista, Wide Big World, We Know a Place, Meet Taj at the Lighthouse and When We Say Black Lives Matter. She is currently the Peter Steele Poet in Residence at the University of Melbourne.  

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