Writing Conferences for Children’s Writers

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

When: July          

Where: Brisbane       

Website: https://www.cyaconference.com/

 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.’


When: May 

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://www.kidlitvic.com/

‘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.

Somerset Storyfest

When: March

Where: Gold Coast

Website: www.storyfest.com

CBCA National Conference

When: last weekend in May

Where: Canberra

Website: www.cbca.org.au

‘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.’