Writing conferences are a wonderful way to connect with fellow writers, network with publishing professionals and learn more about the craft of writing. Some even provide opportunities to polish a work in progress with a mentor or pitch your completed manuscript to publishers.
In Australia there are several annual conferences that are specifically focused on writing for children. Here are some of the biggest and best listed in no particular order.
- CYA Conference
CYA stands for Children’s and Young Adults. According to their website: ‘CYA Conference is the place that brings together learning the craft, and beyond… This conference is aimed as a professional development day for new and established writers and illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult literature. Master classes and workshops will be conducted by Australian authors’
‘With discussion panels of industry experts, the opportunity for a one-on-one manuscript or illustrator portfolio assessments with leading Australian and International publishers, writing and illustration Masterclasses, pitches, ‘Up Close and Personal’ chat sessions with Publishers and the chance to network with other creators, KidLitVic will kick-start, build, reinvigorate and strengthen your creative career.’
- Creative Kids Tales Writers Festival
‘With the help of our presenters we will cover a variety of topics to strengthen your investment and increase your odds for healthy writing returns.
Whether you’re emerging or established, our presenters will inspire you. They’ll address your many questions; even those you didn’t know you had. Get ready to network, learn and to take your writing to the next level.’
- SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
‘You’ll have the chance to meet and network with local and international professionals, to hear from agents, editors and publishers, to have your artwork seen by the very best in the kids’ book world. A unique aspect of this conference is the chance to build your own program. Alongside the main program, you can also choose an author or illustrator lunch session, local and international manuscript critiques, an optional dinner dance and Master Classes.’
- CBCA National Conference
When: last weekend in May
‘The Conference is a way to connect with fellow literary colleagues and immerse yourself in children’s literature providing a unique learning and networking opportunity for teacher librarians, authors, illustrators, publishing professionals, educators or simply children’s book lovers.’