Join acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Alison Lester in this special workshop where she guides you through the steps and shares her own tips to make a book.
From developing an idea into a solid story, to playing and experimenting with different art techniques and illustrating styles, to working through design and layout challenges and developing rough drawings into finished illustrations, Alison generously shares her vast knowledge and skills in this practical and engaging session.
“There is an enormous amount of work in words and pictures behind every book,” says Alison. “When you hold in your hands, your final copy, you appreciate that it has been moulded and changed and compromised over many months, sometimes even years.”
Alison Lester grew up on a farm by the sea, and first rode a horse as a baby in her father’s arms. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.
In 2012, Alison became Australia’s first Children’s Book Laureate, a position she shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, she was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children’s and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children’s book creator to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life. In 2019, Alison was awarded an Australia Post Legends Award and featured on a stamp, as well as being the recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Alison Lester is also a highly valued Lifetime Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
To celebrate storytelling, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is excited to offer seven unique pre-recorded, learning workshops from our most awarded ambassadors and ILF supporters.
Each presenter shares their incredible expertise in storytelling, whether it be through illustration, writing, video or photography. Each workshop suggests an age suitability.
At $2 per student under 18 years of age (with a minimum of 5 students) and $20 per adult, our aim is for everyone to have an opportunity to experience a workshop. Parents and home-schoolers under 18 years of age, can register under the school/education tab.
Workshops are free to remote Indigenous community schools that are registered with ILF. If you are a remote Indigenous community school or organisation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For schools/educators and businesses, only one booking is needed for any number of participants. Once a booking has been made, a dedicated password will be emailed giving you access to a link to share with students or staff.
The link will expire within 3 months of booking. If you would like to book more than one workshop, please complete a separate booking form.
How are these proceeds used?
All proceeds from the workshops will assist the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to deliver its three core literacy programs in remote communities across Australia in 2022.