Dromkeen- Author/ Illustrator in Residence Program 2018

With Award Winning Children’s Author/ Illustrator Mark Wilson

August- September


Teenager to Adult Writing/ Illustration Workshops


Workshop 1A

‘Writing a Children’s Book’  (2.5 hours)

Audience: Teenager to Adult

Date: Sunday August 19th

Time: 9.30am-12.00pm

Cost: $80

Award winning author/ illustrator Mark Wilson will introduce students to the art of writing for children. Through some simple exercises, they will explore styles, ‘coming up with that gem of an idea’, getting started, the importance of setting, developing characters, plot, structure, outcomes and dialogue. Students can also bring samples of narratives they are already working on for discussion and advice in the last session.


Workshop 2A

‘Illustrating for a Picture Book’ (2.5 hours)

Audience: Secondary –Adult

Date: Sunday August 19th

Time: 1.00pm-3.30pm

Cost: $140

This exciting and highly practical workshop will be conducted by one of our most experienced and highly awarded Australian picture book creators, Mark Wilson. Suitable for those wanting to learn about the craft of picture book illustration, Mark will cover areas such as storyboards, working from photos, sketching, creating your own character, creating detail and illustrating specific text for a picture book.  You will work with various mediums such as watercolor, pen & ink, oil pastel, mixed media, acrylic on canvas and ink or paint washes, and discover the importance of detail, point-of-view and color.



Workshop 3

‘Self Publishing- So you want to publish your own book? (2.5 hours)

Audience: Adult

Date:  Due to recent changes in self publishing in Australia, this session will be postponed until a later date.

Cost: $80

Want to publish your own book and don’t know where to start? This workshop will provide you with some general background knowledge and guide you through some ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of self publishing. Topics such as ‘The importance of good editing, seeking advice, target audience, market research, budgets & finance, distribution, pre- production & printing (design, typesetting, copyright permissions & printing), barcodes, international standard book numbers, sales and marketing will be covered. Mark will draw on his own and others experiences of self-publishing and will provide the opportunity for questions and answers.

For all Bookings contact

Phone: 03 54286799

Email: bernadette@dromkeen.com.au

Special Competition

Storytime for Children
1st Saturday of every month

Historical Tours
Dromkeen tours of the homestead are available by appointment for groups. The tour includes a short media presentation, a walk around the gardens and a tour of the Homestead. Special packages can include lunch or morning/afternoon tea with a tour. A minumum of 20 people is required.