November 9


09:00 am - 02:30 pm

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Queensland Writers Centre


Aitkinvale Library

4 Petunia Street Aitkinvale, Townsville, QLD 4814

Townsville, QLD, AU, 4814


With Emily Larkin

Awe and Angst: Writing for Children and YA 

Whether you want to write a children’s picture book, or are harnessing your teenage torment for a YA novel, this workshop is for you. In the first half of the workshop, author Emily Larkin will focus on children’s literature and guide you to begin your design for a picture book. In the workshop’s second half, Emily will explore the identity struggle paramount in YA fiction and encourage you to discover a fresh teenage voice. If you are beginning your writing journey or looking for extra tips, this workshop can help you connect with your inner child – and your readers.

The Townsville regional program is offered free by Townsville City Council in partnership with Queensland Writers Centre.

Learning Outcomes

You will improve your understanding of writing for children and YA by analysing narrative exemplars, and taking part in group discussions and writing exercises. During the workshop, you will:

  • Investigate why children relate to animal characters

  • Create a character profile for a children’s story

  • Learn about the structure of picture books

  • Brainstorm a picture book idea 

  • Practice writing like a teenager

  • Write memorable physical descriptions

  • Consider the role of rebellion in YA

  • Develop characters and characterisation

  • Learn about the value of different points of view 


This is a craft workshop for all writers. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

About Emily

Emily Larkin is a Queensland author and academic. Her picture book The Whirlpoolis illustrated by Helene Magisson, and published by Wombat Books (2017). Emily holds a Doctorate in Creative Writing, and has worked as a Sessional Tutor at The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and USC. She has published fiction in journals internationally, and loves running workshops.

Emily Larkin


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Unless otherwise stated, Queensland Writers Centre workshops and events are suitable for participants aged 16 years and over. If you are under 18 years of age, please check with us for suitability before purchasing a ticket. 

Membership will be confirmed on arrival, in the event it isn’t current, membership will need to be arranged.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring either pen and paper or a laptop along with you to write with. If you do bring a laptop, please remember to bring a power adaptor if necessary. 

Will this event be live streamed?

Queensland Writers Centre aims to provide material to its membership regardless of where they reside within Queensland by livestreaming some events. Attendees may be broadcast periodically throughout the event as recording takes place. If you wish not to be filmed, let staff know prior to the event.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 or email us at

What’s the refund policy?

If Queensland Writers Centre cancels an event, we will try to reschedule it for a later date. If we cannot reschedule the event, or if you are unable to attend on the amended date, your payment will be refunded in full.
Except in special circumstances, if you cancel a booking for, or are unable to attend an event, workshop, seminar, or course, Queensland Writers Centre cannot provide a refund. You can contact us to discuss your situation on 07 3842 9922 or email us at

Terms and Conditions

All information is correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised program information (including course content and tutors), but if this occurs, we will try to provide as much notice as possible.
We expect that all participants will behave respectfully and professionally towards their tutor and fellow students. We reserve the right to remove anyone who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, we will not offer a refund.
We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.


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