How research plays a role in writing a successful series

Jacqueline Harvey

Your Presenter: Jacqueline Harvey

Workshop Method: zoom
Date: October 3, 2021
Price: $50

Jacqueline Harvey has written three successful series for children including the million plus selling Alice-Miranda. While her books are firmly works of fiction she often incorporates factual information in her stories – from the locations where they are set to the plots using real life problems and scenarios for her characters to deal with.

She has been known to joke that her computer searches may one day bring her to the attention of ASIO as she has researched everything from ‘Novichok to nunchuks’ and ‘poisons to patriots’. All jokes aside, one of the things she loves about writing is the research. The latest and 20th book in the Alice-Miranda series took her to Egypt (not literally this time due to Covid 19) where she spent weeks trawling the souks, streets and ancient sites via Google Earth and Streetview and revising her knowledge of the country’s incredible history using the Internet, videos as well as speaking to friends and family who had travelled there. She is currently working on a Kensy and Max story set for the most part in Portugal near the UNESCO World Heritage Listed cultural landscape of Sintra and centring on Formula Electric car racing and the electric car industry in general. While she has spent time in Sintra, there was still much to learn.

During this workshop Jacqueline will share her reasons and methods for working the way she does and discuss the building blocks for writing a successful series.

Session Information

How research plays a role in writing a successful series

Sunday 3 October
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm (Syd time)
$50 per person.

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About Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey is one of Australia’s most popular authors for children, having sold well over a million copies of her Alice-Miranda series’ in Australia alone. Her spy series, Kensy and Max is packed with with drama, action and loads of fun and Clementine Rose has long been a favourite choice for young readers. Jacqueline’s books make regular appearances on both the Dymocks Top 51 Children’s Books and the Better Reading Kids’ Top 50 Children’s Books, often in the top 10.

Jacqueline has received numerous short-listings and awards including in the 2021 Children’s Choice awards (YABBA, KOALA and KROC) while her picture book, The Sound of the Sea was a CBCA Honour Book in 2006. Kensy and Max is shortlisted in the 2021 Red Dot Book Awards in Singapore. A highly experienced Deputy Head, teacher and presenter, she has delivered thousands of talks and workshops for children and adults at schools and festivals around the world. Her books have been translated into many languages and are available in over 80 countries. Kensy and Max was published in the United States in July 2020.

Jacqueline was a National Ambassador for Australia Reads and The Reading Hour in 2020 and is also a proud Ambassador for Dymocks Children’s Charities and Room to Read.

Alice-Miranda Friends Forever, the animated movie by SLR Productions in partnership with Screen Australia, ZDF Enterprises and Channel Nine premiered in Australia in November 2019 and is currently airing on STAN, Nine Now and iTunes. A second film, Alice-Miranda A Royal Christmas Ball will screen in December 2021.

Jacqueline is currently working on several exciting new projects including a junior fiction series for release in 2022, two picture books and more books in the Kensy and Max series. She has a lot of fun narrating audio books as well.


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