Are you looking for workshops or training, covering books illustrated for children, YA (young adult), novels, chapter book, fantasy novels or any type of book suitable for children or kid's?  We cater for all kinds of art-work, drawings or other illustrations for children's books.

Melbourne Workshops

Cost $220.

Bookings: Virginia Lowe : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Phone (03) 9578 5689

Saturdays at Ormond -  with artist Jo Thompson and wordsmith Virginia Lowe (both have twenty years' experience teaching picture book creation).

Picture book workshops with Virginia Lowe, and illustrator/artist Jo Thompson.

Melbourne workshops will be held periodically throughout the year, there will also be annual ones in Brisbane and Sydney. Contact Virginia to register interest and we will contact you when the dates have been finalised.


2020  Workshops

Saturday 14th March ( Melbourne)

Saturday 25th July (Ormond, Melbourne)

Saturday 21st November (Ormond, Melbourne)

more workshops to be anounced in Sydney and Brisbane contact Virginia for details.

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Do you know how many pages there are in a picture book? How to make a storyboard? How to submit a piece of work to publishers? All this and much more!

  • Professional writers, artists and designers who wish to expand their career opportunities
  • Those who have always wanted to make a book for children, but have no formal training (grandmothers are good customers)
  • Those who discover their novels are more suitable for adolescents than adults.

Everyone will benefit from these workshops. This is the only workshop which offers the experience of two enthusiastic and experienced tutors, one for the words and one for the pictures (though both can work on either). There are exercises in the craft of writing, drawing and book design. We offer advice on approaching publishers, and also discuss ways of self-publishing. Novelists, short story writers and children's poets are all welcome and benefit from the experience of sharing their work with the other participants and the tutors.

The workshops have been offered since 1997.


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Virginia specialises in the writing process, structuring a story and the selection of words. She is happy to advise on the writing of books for children of all ages.
Jo Thompson advises participants on the visual creation of characters and their environments, styles of drawing, painting and book design.

Bring your story ideas, your characters, your anecdotes, the pictures that inspired you. If you have none of these, bring yourself and we guarantee you will have a workable story idea, structured to fit picture book format, by the end of the workshop day - something to work on during the next month. Come equipped with your work in hand, a sketch book and pencil, and also paper for writing.

Novel Workshops: Novelist Jennifer Dabbs is the tutor, with Virginia Lowe. First chapters up to 1000 words will be assessed for participants in advance of the workshop (to be submitted at least a week before).The novel workshop covers the essential elements of novel writing: point of view, characterisation, dialogue, setting and structure. Each participant receives a comprehensive handout.


Virginia 03 9578 5689, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.