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Featured Book

Izzy & Oscar*, by Allison Estes and Dan Stark, Illustrations by Tracy Dockray

When an adventurous octopus squiggles into town, Izzy decides to keep him. After all, a real pirate captain has to have a mascot. Oscar is not very good at going for walks or playing fetch. (Although he is amazing at hide and seek). And he’s definitely not like other pets…but he is just right for Izzy. Readers will be tickled by Izzy’s attempts to teach Oscar to behave like a dog, a parrot, a pony—and gratified by Izzy’s realization that in the end we love others for who they are…eight arms and all! 

“This exciting story is full of rich vocabulary, beautiful pencil and dye illustrations, and belly-laugh humor that young children will love.”  —School Library Journal.

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New Online Course: Fiction 101 — …more »

Adelaide Pitch Conference — The New York Writers Workshop Pitch Conference is leaving the US for the very first…more »

Summer Reading Fun: New Picture Book by NYWW Faculty Member Allison Estes — Izzy & Oscar*, by Allison Estes and Dan Stark, Illustrations by Tracy Dockray Ever taught…more »

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New Online Course: Fiction 101 
Adelaide Pitch Conference 

The New York Writers Workshop Pitch Conference is leaving the US for the very first time, and it’s coming to Adelaide!

The New York Writers Workshop Pitch Conference – the most prestigious pitching opportunity for writers in the US – provides adelaide pitch conferencewriters with the opportunity to polish and pitch their work directly to publishers from major houses during a weekend intensive.

Tim Tomlinson, New York Writers Workshop co-founder and director, has worked closely with SA Writers Centre staff to bring this magical blend of manuscript development and pitching opportunity to Australian writers. The New York Writers Workshop Pitch Conference has seen many dozens of successful publishing stories, and we are delighted that Tim will be joining us as a lead mentor for this first Australian conference.

The three day Adelaide Pitch Conference will give writers both an intense manuscript workout and an exclusive opportunity to get their work in front of acquiring publishers and editors from major Australian publishing houses. In small groups led by industry mentors you will develop your manuscript, refine its marketability and hone your pitch. You’ll work together to make your pitch as tight, interesting, unique and energetic as possible, then over the course of the weekend each participant will have the chance to pitch to a total of three different Australian publishers, all with acquisition in mind.

Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 12.30pm

So put the finishing touches to your manuscript, get your pitch together, and get in quick as places will sell fast. The list of publishers attending will be confirmed once the mix of participants is finalized.

Please note: pitches will only be accepted for adult fiction and narrative non-fiction manuscripts at this conference. If you are unsure whether your manuscript is eligible, please contact SA Writers Centre before registering.

COST: $330 (open to SA Writers Centre members and our partner Writers Centre’s members only)

This project is supported by Arts SA through Independent Makers and Presenters fund.

Arts SA

Summer Reading Fun: New Picture Book by NYWW Faculty Member Allison Estes 

Izzy & Oscar*, by Allison Estes and Dan Stark, Illustrations by Tracy Dockray

izzyoscarfinalEver taught an octopus to roll over? It’s harder than it looks. Izzy has always wanted a pet. So when an adventurous octopus squiggles into town, Izzy decides to keep him. After all, a real pirate captain has to have a mascot. Oscar is not very good at going for walks or playing fetch. (Although he is amazing at hide and seek). And he’s definitely not like other pets…but he is just right for Izzy. Readers will be tickled by Izzy’s attempts to teach Oscar to behave like a dog, a parrot, a pony—and gratified by Izzy’s realization that in the end we love others for who they are…eight arms and all!

“This exciting story is full of rich vocabulary, beautiful pencil and dye illustrations, and belly-laugh humor that young children will love.”  School Library Journal

“A goofy, good-natured story of a decidedly nontraditional pet.”  Publisher’s Weekly

“A grand addition to any pet-themed read-aloud session.” Kirkus 

*An Accelerated Reader Quiz Selection

Release date: April 7, 2015 | Age Range: 4 – 8 years