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Writing for a Middle Grade Audience with Danielle Binks

Learn everything you need to know about writing for readers aged 8-12

Middle Grade (books for those aged 8-12) is one of the fastest-growing and most in-demand readerships in Australia. It is also one of the trickiest age categories to write for, demanding a crucial understanding of language and audience. Through a series of writing exercises and industry insights from Danielle Binks, both a literary agent and a middle-grade author, this workshop will teach you all you need to know about writing for a middle-grade audience.

You will learn:

  • What makes a Middle Grade book, and how is it different from Young Adult literature
  • How to communicate big ideas to a Middle Grade audience
  • How to write compelling characters and plots to keep young readers turning the page
  • How to use language in an age-appropriate way
  • Industry insights into the Middle Grade readership, and how to pitch your manuscript for publication

Until midnight on 28 August 2020 KYD Members receive a $50 discount on this course and two other new workshops (Manuscript Essentials and Mastering Emotional Honesty) with a special discount code.

KYD Members receive a 10% discount on all other KYD workshops. Become a member here, or contact [email protected] for more information.


Your Instructor


Danielle Binks
Danielle Binks

Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based writer, reviewer, agent, book blogger and Youth Literature Advocate. In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult writing inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement, which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) and was shortlisted in the 2018 Gold Inky Awards. In 2020 Danielle’s debut middle-grade novel The Years the Maps Changed was published by Hachette Australia.


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