Once Upon A Time, in the days when I realised that it was writing for children that I really enjoyed, I started listening to writing podcasts. I stumbled on an interview with an American writer who talked of the joys of finding her community - a tribe called SCBWI that they all called SCWIBI because it was easier to say.
I listened enviously as she talked about the conferences, the critique groups, the grants and awards available. I sighed - how lucky to have this wonderful facility. If only I lived in America.
But then, the omniscient wizard Google revealed that lo and behold there was also a SCBWI right here in Australia.
Australian Writers’ Centre
Every week at least one email arrives in my inbox from the Australian Writers’ Centre. It might be the newsletter that I subscribe to, or the furious fiction prompt which sends my brain scrambling as to whether I want to give that topic a go and do I have time this weekend? The most tempting one though is the one that screams FUN. LEARNING. LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE. BUY ME! Yes, it's the course email.
Kinderling Kids Radio
Have you ever scrambled to mute an unsuitable song on the radio on the school run? (Let's face it, most of them are.) Or perhaps you're sick of that same old audiobook and wishing there was something else? Well - look no further!
Kinderling Kids Radio is a free online streaming service where you and your kids are guaranteed family friendly listening. The music schedules are laid out on the website, so you can choose in advance whether you want to tune in to 'Little Lunch - Songs and activities to munch and crunch to.’ or hang out with Groovy Ruby, the morning host providing great stories, silly songs, fun facts and sound games. You can even tune in at bedtime for sleepy songs.
Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
As authors and illustrators we now have access to a huge range of online resources to help shape our craft, network and market our products. But where do we go when we need some serious advice in matters relating to professional practice?
Formed in 1963, the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is a professional association providing advice, advocacy and support, and promoting and protecting the rights of Australia's authors and illustrators.
KOALA aka the Kids Own Australian Literature Awards inc. is a wonderful initiative that allows young readers to get involved in selecting and recognising engaging Australian children's books.
Run as a not for profit organisation by a team of volunteers, young readers from all over New South Wales judge their very own literary awards leading to the exciting opportunity to attend an annual awards day, where they can meet their favourite authors and illustrators.
Kids' Book Review
Are you a teacher looking for review resources, a parent looking to find out more about that certain book, or a writer researching what's on the market and how it is written? Well look no further than this expansive web resource - Kid's Book Review.
Kids' Book Review is a children’s literature and book review site that supports and features authors, illustrators and publishers Australia-wide and internationally.
Faber Writing Academy
“I wanted an intensive, in depth course that would cover all the major elements of writing for children. What I got was all that, plus the opportunity to work with an amazing mentor, in a physical space that calls out for books to be written, all wrapped up in an atmosphere of support.” This is a quote from a satisfied student (Caroline, Melbourne) about the Writing for Children course in Melbourne offered by this month’s featured organisation the Faber Writing Academy.
Story Box Library
Story Box Library is a subscription based website and online 'reading room' which aims to engage and inspire children through storytelling.
The authors and illustrators, numbering more than two hundred, will be familiar to many of you, especially those who have seen our guest speakers at the CKT festivals!
Books in Homes
Books in Homes is a charity close to the heart of many CKT members, who volunteer as role models for this wonderful cause.
Originally founded by author, Alan Duff, best known for his widely acclaimed novel Once Were Warriors, Books in Homes Australia now distributes millions of books to children in lower socio-economic areas.
Pinerolo - the Children’s Book Cottage
Pinerolo, is a beautiful Italian word meaning ‘place of pines’, which just rolls deliciously off the tongue.
It's also the name of the Children’s Book Cottage, run by Margaret Hamilton AM and her daughter Melissa, in Blackheath, in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Pinerolo is a unique establishment in NSW, and has become a mecca for anyone interested in children’s picture books. Margaret and Melissa chose the name 'Pinerolo' as it reflected their close association with Italy, and especially their adopted Italian family in Pinerolo, Piedmonte.