40 episodes

Welcome to Magic and Mayhem – the podcast series that explores the wonderful and wacky world of writing for kids and teens. Join us as we take a peek behind the picture book pages, discover pirate ships and publishing tips, delve into addictively readable YA novels and find oodles of inspiration in every treehouse corner. But above all, it’s where we learn from the authors who tell these very stories – what sparks their book ideas and how their creativity captures the attention of kids, teens and adults alike.

Magic & Mayhem: Discover the secrets to creating magnificent books for kids and teens. Australian Writers' Centre

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Welcome to Magic and Mayhem – the podcast series that explores the wonderful and wacky world of writing for kids and teens. Join us as we take a peek behind the picture book pages, discover pirate ships and publishing tips, delve into addictively readable YA novels and find oodles of inspiration in every treehouse corner. But above all, it’s where we learn from the authors who tell these very stories – what sparks their book ideas and how their creativity captures the attention of kids, teens and adults alike.

    Ep 1: Zanni Louise’s obsession with picture books.

    Ep 1: Zanni Louise’s obsession with picture books.

    How author Zanni Louise transitioned from reviewing and blogging about picture books to writing her own. Zanni has read just about every picture book ever written - and she has now published her own popular series, Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush as well as several other books for children. Learn from Zanni about ruthless editing, when to let the pictures tell the story, and the virtue of patience.

    The podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers' Centre. Find out more and get the free ebook at magicandmayhem.com.au.

    • 43 min
    Ep 2: Tania McCartney’s non-fiction books for kids.

    Ep 2: Tania McCartney’s non-fiction books for kids.

    Tania McCartney writes non-fiction picture books for kids and reveals how to build a career in this niche. Tania's love of facts and figures has seen her publish more than 40 books and illustrated maps, including biographies for the National Library of Australia. Learn from Tania about finding your passion, how to work within the limits of kids publishing, and the importance of community.

    This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers’ Centre. Find out more and get the free ebook at magicandmayhem.com.au.

    • 41 min
    Ep 3: How Shelly Unwin fulfilled her dream to write children’s books.

    Ep 3: How Shelly Unwin fulfilled her dream to write children’s books.

    How a vision board helped Shelly Unwin find success as a picture book author. Shelly’s popular You’re series has been a huge hit. She hadn’t planned on being a writer, but once she committed, she was all in. Learn why every picture book needs a commercial hook, the benefits of a critiquing group, and why you should definitely do a course!

    This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers’ Centre. Find out more and get the free ebook at magicandmayhem.com.au.

    • 27 min
    Ep 4: Jen Storer’s breakthrough as a picture book author.

    Ep 4: Jen Storer’s breakthrough as a picture book author.

    Discover how popular kids author Jen Storer finally cracked picture books. After leaving behind nursing to launch a successful writing career, Jen still struggled to write a picture book. She had to learn how to vanquish her inner critic. Learn how even successful authors feel doubt, how design can affect a picture’s book success, and why you should always write from the heart.

    This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers’ Centre. Find out more and get the free ebook at magicandmayhem.com.au.

    • 42 min
    Ep 5: Emma Allen’s road to becoming an award-winning author.

    Ep 5: Emma Allen’s road to becoming an award-winning author.

    Award-winning author Emma Allen reveals who she found her confidence. Emma’s very first picture book The Terrible Suitcase was a CBCA winner, but she still struggles with self-doubt. Learn how studying can help you feel like a professional writer, the power of industry acceptance, and why you should always keep a backup of your work.

    This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers’ Centre. Find out more and get the free ebook at magicandmayhem.com.au.

    • 32 min
    Ep 6: Danny Parker on editing, collaborating and getting published.

    Ep 6: Danny Parker on editing, collaborating and getting published.

    How Danny Parker turned his poetry into picture books. Danny didn’t realise he was writing picture books until illustrator Matt Otley showed him the potential his words had. Since then, Danny has published five picture books. Learn about the power of collaboration, how to edit fearlessly, and why you should never be afraid to share your work.

    This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers’ Centre. Find out more and get the free ebook at magicandmayhem.com.au.

    • 35 min

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