In addition to the full Child Writes program, which can be delivered in-school, at home or in the community, Child Writes offers various workshop options to schools and community organisations.

Write it Write NOW! 3 Day Workshop...

A three day workshop in a stimulating and inspiring environment, with hands-on training to teach you how to create a children’s picture book.  Join award winning author and publisher, Emma Mactaggart, as she takes you through the entire process creating a picture book - from generating ideas, writing and editing, to illustration and beyond.

Emma shares a tried and tested methodology that over 350 children have used to create their own children’s picture book as well as experience from creating her own picture books.

Described by past participants as both: 

‘…a perfect way of opting out of our daily world’, and 
‘…action packed and very energetic’, 

it is a relaxing and informal workshop, whilst at the same time exhilarating by virtue of the volume of information explored!  

Creating a picture book is best understood by working first-hand on your own idea, developing the story and drawings – learning all of the tricks, short-cuts and lessons of experience along the way. You will potentially take home the seeds of your very own picture book, having spent the three days igniting your creativity. You will receive the book Child Writes: Creating a Children's Picture Book is Child's Play as well as a full illustration kit, ensuring there are no more excuses for you to not tick something off your bucket list - creating your own picture book!     


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Imagine it Workshop

The Imagine it workshop is a unique and interactive, two hour workshop focussed on tools and techniques for the generation of story ideas. It can be delivered to schools and to community organisations such as writers groups. 

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Child Writes Workshops

The Child Writes program is unapologetically comprehensive, offering guidance for children (or your inner child!) all the way from assisting with conception of the original idea through the writing stages, then the illustration, all the way to book launch.

It is big, it is exhausting and it is brilliant in that it offers outcomes way beyond the publication of a picture book – it makes a difference to a child’s self efficacy, empowering them and boosting their self esteem, it promotes and improves literacy and increases computer literacy, it recognises a child’s voice, expands their worldview and creates reading opportunities, helps children in crisis, provides real opportunities for authors and... quite simply really, children love it! The entire Child Writes program can be presented, or specific subjects can be delivered as stand alone workshops.

“It is a really big thing to do, and sometimes you want it to finish – but when it does the feeling of success is really big too!”
Emma, age 9, author & illustrator, BFF

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Custom Workshops and Presentations

Do you have a specific topic you would like to have addressed? Workshops and presentations can be tailored to the needs and requirements of your school or community organisation.

Custom workshops are presented by Emma Mactaggart – founder of Child Writes. Emma is known as a passionate and engaging literary advocate, who has self-published her own children’s picture books, established Child Writes, published hundreds of children’s picture books through the Child Writes program, and co-founded the unique writers’ web, where writers become authors. Emma has a wealth of knowledge on publishing children’s picture books, from initial ideas generation to the book launch, and everything in between! 

One roaring success we have had with the customised workshop was the book 'Finnley's Great Escape' for the Condamine Alliance.  The book was endorsed by Children's Laureate Jackie French, the project in its entirety won an award for organiser Heather Smith and the authors have just won the Chairman's Award at the Condamine Awards!  

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Click to Book with Speakers Ink

For speaking presentations, please book Emma through Speakers Ink.

You'll be amazed when you discover what children can do!