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Picture Book Perfect - Barmera


with Mike Dumbleton

FREE for members

as part of our Regional Writers Project

How hard is it to write and publish picture books?  And what tricks and the traps of the trade should you know before you try?

This workshop with award-winning children’s author Mike Dumbleton will answer these and many more questions you might have about creating stories for children.

Using various activities to deepen your understanding of the writing process from initial ideas to final revisions, Mike will also provide you with helpful ideas to assist with word-choice, dialogue, story structure, point of view, the use of rhyme and self-editing. And he will share practical strategies to help aspiring writers develop and refine their manuscripts to make them as perfect as possible before submitting to a publisher.

Participants will gain:

   ◦ A practical understanding of the structure and flow of picture books from a writer’s perspective.

   ◦ Picture book writing tips and tricks, and important traps to avoid.

   ◦ Ideas for writing for alternative picture book audiences, from preschool to post primary.

   ◦ Effective strategies for developing and fine-tuning picture book texts for submission to publishers.

   ◦ Insights into working with publishers when manuscripts are accepted.


‘The information was excellent, the presenter was generous, the handouts were very relevant and incredibly usable & helpful, and the examples were excellent. May 2017

‘The whole thing was absolutely brilliant! Fabulous, practical, and Mike was so generous sharing his tips in such detail. Very funny, too. Enjoyed it from start to finish. Mike distilled what makes picture books work.’ May 2017


Mike Dumbleton is an award winning picture book writer with eight titles selected as ‘Notable Books’ by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Other awards include: Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year, Muddled-up Farm, 2004; CBCA Honour Book, Cat, 2008; Speech Pathology and Crichton Award shortlistings, Meet Douglas Mawson, 2015. Mike has also written many junior novels and educational books, and is currently an Ambassador for Raising Literacy Australia. After working as a literacy consultant in New York, he has now returned to Australia and is dedicating more time to his writing. He has recently signed contracts for three new picture books.


Workshop participants, SA Writers Centre members, and anyone interested in writing are also invited to attend a free SA Writers Networking Event on the same day, 4-5pm. Get away from the desk, share some light refreshments with other writers (including Mike!), or come along with questions. Writers of any age and stage welcome. RSVP here.   




Venue: Barmera Public Library, 4C Barwell Ave, Barmera 


This workshop is FREE for SAWC Members.

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