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Workshops with award-winning authors

In March, Storylines will be hosting the Saturday Sessions: a set of children’s and young adult writing workshops and talks with award-winning and best-selling authors.

Graci Kim, Paula Morris, Sally Sutton, Maria Gill, Sue Copsey will each present a workshop to inspire both established and new writers. Carolyn Lagahetau (Editorial Director, Oratia Books) and Catherine O’Loughlin (Children’s Publisher, Penguin Random House NZ) will discuss children’s publishing in conversation with author Weng Wai Chan.

Choose from a range of workshops to suit all levels of writing experience.

Date: Saturday, 25 March 2023
Where: St. Mary’s College, Ponsonby, Auckland
Time: 1.00 – 4:30pm
Cost: Storylines members: $40 per session/$100 for three sessions
Non-Storylines members: $50 per session/$130 for three sessions

These events will not be streamed or recorded. Workshop details are below and a complete programme can be downloaded here.

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Workshop details

Session A: 1.00 – 2.00pm

Taking Your Middle Grade Book To The World with Graci Kim

How to approach overseas agents, the ultimate query letter, and tips I’ve learnt about writing and the international market along the way.

Publishers Panel

An informative discussion with Catherine O’Loughlin from Penguin Random House, and Caroline Lagahetau from Oratia Books. Chaired by author Weng Wai Chan.


Session B: 2.15 – 3.15pm

Writing Novels for Teens with Paula Morris

A YA novel can’t just rely on a chatty teen voice; like all books, it’s a feat of art and craft. How can you shape an engrossing story with strong characters, setting and detail?

How to Write a Children’s Picture Book that Works: The Checklist with Sally Sutton

Tips on what to avoid, what not to avoid, tricks for generating ideas, and the lowdown on rhyme!


Session C: 3.30 – 4.30pm

Fascinating True Stories with Maria Gill

Learn how to write a non-fiction story to dazzle your readers with the award-winning author of 60 nonfiction books.

Editing With Sue Copsey

Sharpen your pencil with the various levels of editing (assessment, development/structural, line/copy, and proofreading), talk includes ‘live’ copy edits on selected manuscripts submitted by attendees.

Optional: You are invited to submit the first two pages for an open critique. You will be notified by email to submit. Please remember that an open critique means your feedback will be given publicly during the session, so no work will be private. Not all entries will be selected and all choices and comments are at the discretion of the agent.

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