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Nette Hilton Workshop - Write Links

‘What’s the Difference’ Workshop with Nette Hilton

The design of a book and the way it is to be presented is often suggested by the publisher. What you consider to be a picture book may be rejected as it is really a junior novel or younger reader. It is not always easy to find the defining line between picture book material and junior novels. Is it word count? Is it language? Is it age level? Or is it the other stuff that just needs to be explored a little. In this workshop I’m hoping to be able to :

  • Explore language and how it works in picture books.
  • What is it that frames language in picture books.
  • How and when to minimize the text.
  • When is a picture book a Junior Novel.  

Ultimately, the workshop is intended to share information that is hands-on and useful. It will provide participants with tools to work on making books that best suit the purpose of the author/illustrator and the publisher and to expand an understanding of picture books and junior novels. It’s a bit like refining the aim of the arrow when you launch your book into the moving, unknown target of publishing houses.



Nette Hilton is an established author of children’s literature, young adult literature and, in past times, adult novels. Her work is sold internationally and is in translation across many countries. She is best known for ‘Proper Little Lady’ which was published in 1990 and is still in print today. Her latest books, 'The Princess Peony and her Adventures’ which include her encounters with bears, frogs and a troublesome prince, have been well received with the First Adventures being short-listed for Speech Therapists Award this year. Due to judging commitments Princess Peony was withdrawn for CBCA 2020 judging as Nette is one of the judges and has been for the past two years. Her newest work to be published in 2021 is D’Lila LaRue which smacks of naughtiness in the nicest way. She is currently working on developing illustrations for her own picture book and continuing her involvement with judging CBCA BOTYA. More details are available on the website www.nettehilton.com.au which, sadly, is a little out of date (right now but plans are afoot). There is an article in Magpies last November which, I hope, further explains her experience with writing and all things authorship. Worth a look.


The workshop runs Saturday 7 March from 12:30 - 2:10 pm and will be followed by the Write Links meeting and critiquing. The workshop is $15 for Book Links members and $25 for non-members. Bookings are essential as these workshops normally sell out.


Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

Contact Details:

Jenny Stubbs info@booklinks.org.au 0409 266 786