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illustration by Jacqui Young
book cover painting and design by Jacqui Young

Virginia's book Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two Children Tell has been published by Routledge 2007.

"Ply them with books, read the actual words, and never underestimate them."

This is a parent-observer record of two children from birth to eight with their responses to books, and their growing understanding of the concept of reality - "But animals don't talk", "The man who draw-ed it was wrong", "Is this a real story?" "Tarzan is my favourite not-real person".


Dr Virginia Lowe and the artist Jacqui Young started CReATe a kids’ book  in 1997, conducting workshops once a month. This soon developed into an assessment service (specifically manuscripts written for children), and has since broadened into online courses as well. There is also a fortnightly bulletin on writing, with tips, competitions, news on publishers and children's literature events.

Virginia, who has lectured at university, been a Judge for the CBCA annual awards, written extensively on children's responses to books, and been around children's books for many years, sees herself as something of a clearing house for people interested in the world of books for kids.

It is with many fond memories that Jacqui Young leaves Create a Kids' Book to meet the commitments of her current picture book projects. Jacqui leaves with a wealth of knowledge that she attributes to the ongoing exchange of ideas through storytelling. She has learned that there are not so many original stories in the world, the remarkable thing is that people continue to find unique ways of telling these few stories, making them seem different, surprising and relevant. She would like to thank all the people who have shared their passion for storytelling with her through workshops and other Create a Kids' Book services during the last twelve years. She wishes you all the very best of luck.

Of course she is happy to continue the E-course with those of you who have committed to undertake it or have already begun.

If anyone wishes to contact Jacqui her E-mail address is  


Workshops: Would you like to create a book for children? Possibly a picture book? Or perhaps a novel for older children or adolescents?
CReATe a kids’ book  offers a one-day workshop, under the guidance of two experienced and enthusiastic children's book people, Dr. Virginia Lowe (words) and Jo Thompson (illustrations). They will work with you on the creation of your story and advise on presentation for submission to a publisher.

Workshops on novel writing (fantasy, YA and short “chapter books”) with Virginia and novelist Jennifer Dabbs are also available.

Between them, our tutors have a wealth of knowledge about the history of children's literature and contemporary literary theory, as well as a solid understanding of the Australian publishing scene.

Previous participants have found the workshop is conducive to creativity and have acknowledged the value of sharing stories and techniques with others, as well as benefiting from the individual attention of the tutors.  Many of them return time and time again (see the successess).

Book your place in a workshop today.

Manuscript assessments: written for all levels of children, tots to teens - assessed with every page read and commented on.

American Manuscripts: Our assessor Marlo Garnsworthy is currently living in the USA. She has had several books accepted for publication there, and will be assessing manuscripts for all ages of children, bringing to the task her knowledge of the US market

E-Courses: Sign up for one of our e-courses on creating kids' books and illustrations.
NEW! Two new courses on novel writing and on illustration!

E-Bulletin: Virginia writes a bulletin roughly once a fortnight, on children’s books and writing – reviews, commentary, events, writing tips and other relevant material. There is an administrative cost of $30 annually. Contact Virginia   to be added to the Subscription List. Australia-wide details of events and competitions, opportunities, and publisher details for all children’s writers and illustrators, can be found at Pass it On     This is contributor-run, and many well known authors read it and give replies.

See the books that have been published with the help of CReATe a kids’ book , and the words of their satisfied authors and illustrators at successess.

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