The Child Writes Program is available in-school, at home and in the community. Writers groups and community organisations can, with the co-ordination of a trained Child Writes tutor, offer the course for children - or even aspiring adult writers and illustrators – within the community.
The program covers the process of writing and illustrating a children’s picture book, from the initial idea generation to the book launch, and runs over 12 or 24 sessions, usually encompassing at least two or three terms, and covering the following subjects:
Imagine it › Write it › Evaluate it › Edit it › Proofread it › Appraise it › Plan it › See it (storyboard) › Feel it (dummy rough › Draw it › Illustrate it › Finish it!
The first step is to find out which school and community organisations are currently running the Child Writes program, to see if there is a program available in your area. You can do that by clicking on the ‘Check Current Locations’ button below.
If you are a student and would like to participate in the Child Writes program, please let your parents know.
Parents, if you would like your child to participate in the Child Writes Program, yet do not live near an existing location, there are three options you could consider:
- Ask a school or relevant community organisation if they would be interested in co-ordinating a Child Writes program.
- Find someone who is willing to become a Child Writes tutor and run a community-based Child Writes program.
- Become a Child Writes tutor and run a community-based Child Writes program yourself.
- Enrol your child in the Child Writes Correspondence Course. This is available to all primary school aged children across Australia.
If you would like to see a Child Writes program run in your area, be sure to express your interest so that we know where the greatest demand exists.