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Junior, Middle Grade & YA Writing: Know your audience, know the difference


with Allayne Webster

This half-day workshop will explore voice and subject matter in children's writing and help participants to understand the nuances of Junior Fiction, Middle Grade and Teen audiences, and what's appropriate/what isn't.

Attendees will learn:

  1. A comprehension of the current marketplace and publisher expectations
  2. Differentiating between junior fiction, middle grade and YA voice and subject matter
  3. Approaches to sensitive subject matter for a younger audience
  4. Using examples, readily identifying appropriate audience
  5. Understanding 'the right home' for the work; why all publishers are not equal


Allayne L. Webster is the author of seven books, recipient of three SA Arts grants, a committee member of the Adelaide Festival for Children’s Literature and a 2018 SA Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador. Paper Planes (Scholastic - MG) was a 2016 Children’s Book Council Notable and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. A Cardboard Palace (MidnightSun Publishing, 2017 - MG), is a 2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable and has recently been released in Sweden. The Centre of My Everything (Penguin Random House) Allayne’s third YA novel, was released Feb 2018, and her fourth YA novel, Sensitive, is contracted by UQP, due for release 2019. Allayne’s second Junior Fiction novel, Sam’s Surfboard Showdown (Scholastic) was released Feb 2018.


Full Price $115 / Writers SA Members Price $77

Venue: Hutt St Library, Community Meeting Room, Level 2, 235 Hutt St, Adelaide (enter via doorway off Hutt St).

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