Writing for Children


24 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


This course will introduce you to the children's book industry with a focus on writing picture books. Learn language, pacing, and targeting to different ages, as well as chapter books and how to prepare and submit manuscripts to a publishing house.

Course content

  • Marketplace overview
  • Writing picture books
  • Story and discourse
  • The role of illustration
  • Developing simple, strong ideas
  • Targeting different age levels
  • Characters, language and plot
  • An introduction to writing for older children, including chapter books and novels
  • How to prepare and submit manuscripts to a publishing house
  • Timetable

    There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

    How to enrol

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    No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

    Materials supplied

    All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises

    Materials to bring

    Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

    Suited to

    The course is geared to those wanting to be published. It targets writers wanting to extend their repertoire into the field of children's books, those looking for guidance to hone their work for submission to a publishing house, and those simply interested in writing for children but don't really know what is involved or what avenues are available. It is suitable for those already with writing experience, and beginners.

    Additional notes

    Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.

    Course Presenter - Judith Rossell

    With a background in science, and a number of years working for CSIRO and within the textile industry, Judith has been a full time writer and illustrator of children'ss books for the past twelve years. She has written ten books and illustrated more than sixty. Her work has been published in the US, the UK and has been translated into more than ten languages.


    On completion of this course, students will have learnt about the various opportunities for writing for children and have developed your writing skills. Students will also gain deeper understanding of and an appreciation for the complexities of children’s writing and how to bring your work to a professional finished level.

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