Resources for Writers and Illustrators for Children

If you write or illustrate books for children, abundant resources exist to encourage, develop and promote your craft. 

Writers' Centres
First stop for any book creator whether aspiring, emerging or made it! Writers' centres offer courses, workshops, competitions, festivals, seminars, manuscript assessments and untold advice for any writer. Each state and territory in Australia has a writing centre and there are many regional centres as well.

Queensland Writers Centre There are free, downloadable writers' resource sheets available on this site and QWC has developed a regional program.
SA Writers' Centre
Tasmanian Writers' Centre
ACT Writers' Centre

South Coast Writers' Centre


Writers and illustrators for children are blessed with a number of bodies that promote books, reading and literature to children, schools and the wider community. Others provide networks and assist creators in improving and refining their craft.

The Australian Society of Authors advocates for the rights of literary creators in all genres. Services provided include mentorship programs and advice on contracts, as well as updates on all manner of writing and publishing news. Membership supports the ASA's activities.

The Children's Book Council of Australia is a volunteer run, not for profit, organisation passionate about children's and young adult literature. State and regional branches support events to promote literacy and reading among children as well as assisting writers and convening conferences. Some of the many programs of the CBCA are:

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a networking organisation for children's authors, illustrators, editors and publishers with over 22,000 members in more than 70 regions worldwide. SCBWI convenes awards and conferences.


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