Book Links StoryArts Brisbane

Meet the Publishers at Book Links StoryArts Brisbane Festival 19-20 October 2019.

Join TOP publishers, authors and illustrators. Pitch to a publisher or a literary agent. Learn how to write and illustrate a children’s book. #BSAB19 festival presented by Book Links Brisbane.

As an excited committee member, I’m thrilled to announce a two-day festival for writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians that promotes excellence in children’s literature.

#BSAB19 offers quality, affordable workshops and master classes and the opportunity to obtain face-face feedback on pitches, manuscripts and portfolios. Learn from key panel sessions with editors, agents, authors and illustrators including focused sessions with book creators.

Book Links offers a Mentorship to Book Links members with the well-renowned Robyn Sheahan Bright… Applicants are invited to submit a synopsis and the first two chapters or first 6000 words. $10 Only


Pitch to a Publisher: Saturday 15 mins OR Sunday 20 mins

BOOK one-on-one feedback with publishers Clair Hume (Affirm Press), Susannah Chambers (Allen & Unwin), Rowena Beresford (Yellow Brick Books), Emily Lighezzolo (Wombat Books, Rhiza Edge), Sarah Davis (Walker Books) or literary agent, Justine Barker (Mayfair Literary Agency)

Justine Barker (Mayfair Agency)

For feedback sessions,  you MUST be booked into either Saturday OR Sunday program.

All pitch sessions are filling up fast! I’m already booked in! I can’t wait to pitch to my chosen publisher.

Go to the page … Scroll down to choose your publisher or agent …


Saturday 19 October Program

Come to Saturday’s program, consisting of panel sessions with creators, publishers and agents and choices of sessions with authors and illustrators. 

Feedback sessions for writers and illustrators can be booked separately.

MEET publishers Allen & Unwin, Affirm Books, Wombat Books, Yellow Brick Books and MORE.

MEET authors: Lisa Shanahan, Frané Lessac, Mark Greenwood        

MEET illustrators:  Sarah Davis and Heath McKenzie

Check the FULL program here on the Book Links website. The registration desk opens at 8am outside Auditorium 2, Brisbane State Library. Tickets include morning tea and lunch on Saturday only.

$95 members (Book Links and CBCA Qld Branch members)

$125 non-members


Sunday 20 October MASTER CLASSES

Sarah Davis – Masterclass – Sunday

StoryArts Brisbane presents Sarah Davis ‘Illustration Toolbox’: An intensive day designed to give you the essential tools for illustration;  Beginning with a shared prompt, participants will work individually to create a finished illustration and in the process learn how to brainstorm and develop a concept, design a character, and explore basic principles of form, colour, line, composition and personal style. $60 – $90


Lisa Shanahan – Masterclass – Sunday SAB19 10:00 am

As part of StoryArts Brisbane we are offering this masterclass in the art and craft of writing chapter books and middle grade fiction with award winning author Lisa Shanahan.

Fierce, Funny, True: The Art of Writing for Children

Where do captivating ideas for children’s books really come from?
What does it take to write a novel that lingers and lasts?

Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan for an engaging and interactive writing workshop. Explore the essential narrative requirements for writing junior novels and middle grade fiction, including the key differences. Discover how to create convincing, believable characters and how to develop a strong, dynamic voice. Study the important fundamentals of structure, setting, plot, dialogue and emotional resonance.

Participant requirements: Bring your favourite children’s book
Limited spaces available. $60 – $90


Saturday Program:-

Full day festival with panels and break-out sessions.

  • Saturday 20 October, 2019 – $95 (members) $125 (non-members)
    Day Program includes morning tea and lunch.
  • Saturday 20 October, 2019 – $70 (members) $100 (non-members)
    Editor and Agent Feedback (15 minutes each).

Sunday Program:-

Full day masterclass with EITHER Sarah Davis OR Lisa Shanahan

  • Sunday 21 October, 2019 – $60 (members) $90 (non-members).
    Full day masterclass. Meals not provided.
  • Sunday 21 October, 2019 – $80 (members) $110 (non-members)
    Editor and Agent Feedback (20 minutes each).

Venue for #BSAB Festival

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

Contact Details: Jenny Stubbs MOB 0409 266 78


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