Our Story Begins

Is this you?

At birth, a fairy tapped you on the head and said, ‘This one shall be obsessed with children’s books. Forevermore. The End. No point fighting.’

Your magic pen is fickle. You’ve been trying to write a kids’ book for ages. But it’s hard!

So far your adventure into creative writing has been like walking through quicksand—you know, the kind that gobbled up the horse in The NeverEnding Story.


If this is you, you need my help.

I’m an award winning children’s author. I’ve had loads of books published, mostly by HarperCollins and Penguin. After nearly twenty years, I’m still writing and publishing.

I’ve also worked in-house as a children’s book editor, predominantly in Creative Development. I have a First Class Honours degree in Literature. I’ve taught creative writing to all kinds of people, I blog regularly about creative writing, and I’ve built a vibrant writing community here at girl and duck.

Phew! You could say I love words.

I want to share that love with you.

That’s why I created Scribbles.

Scribbles is an online course you can return to over and over.

It’s different from standard creative writing courses. It’s a bit kooky, a bit tricksy and has an emphasis on play. Yes, indeedy. At Scribbles we take play seriously.

Scribbles aims to inspire you, deepen your understanding of storytelling, and give you a solid foundation in the art of creative writing.

Want to know more?

Here’s what’s in the Scribble package:

Module One, Magical Mess: Wherein we discuss the power of loosening up and making a mess. We get comfortable with playing. We even sign The Scribbles Pledge.

Module Two, Magnetic Words: Wherein I demonstrate the magnetic power of words and you get to experience that power firsthand.

Module Three, Fancy Language: Wherein we talk about the subtleties of language and what, from a technical level, makes a story for children sparkle. Includes bonus video, The Story Lab. In the lab, we take a picture book apart and analyse it closely. So closely it might make your head spin…

Module Four, Story Time: Wherein we discuss structure and its vital contribution to the art of storytelling. I introduce you to Jen Storer’s, Story Hanger.

Each module includes downloadable playsheets (written support material), and practical exercises designed to help you bypass your inner critic, honour your imagination and strengthen your storytelling intuition.

Supplies List

To get the best out of the experience, here’s what you’ll need:

  • A computer that can play videos
  • A printer
  • A lecture pad (120 pages at least!)
  • Some old magazines to rip up for collage
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick OR Gel Medium
  • A cheap paintbrush for applying the medium
  • A pen (or three)
  • A cheap, A3 sketch pad

Helpful, but not essential

A copy of my picture book, Blue, the Builder’s Dog. Illustrated by Andrew Joyner. Published by Penguin Australia.

Available at all good bookshops in Australia.

Or, you can buy it at one of these online booksellers:

The Kids’ Bookshop | Boomerang Books | Booktopia



Please read these before you send an email to girl and duck. There are a few questions common to many. Let’s fast track the answers so you don’t have to hang about, tapping your toes, in an e-mail queue.

How do the Scribbles online classes work? 

We’ve kept the Scribbles user experience as simple as possible.

When you purchase Scribbles, you’ll receive an email with a downloadable pdf. The pdf contains the link to the course website AND your password to open the website.

The pdf also includes an invitation to the girl and duck private Facebook group, The Duck Pond

All the videos are in one place and are numbered. You don’t have to follow the order. But it’s best if you do. The videos and the exercises build on each other.

Playsheets (the written support material and creativity exercises) are there for you to download and print, too.

Scribbles is a home study course. This means you can do the course at your own pace, in your own time, and you can return to the videos over and over again.

Can I share the links with my friends or colleagues? 


Feel free to share with your partner and your immediate family. Beyond that, the material is under copyright. Your course fee is what gives you privileged access.

How long do I have access to the videos?

You have lifetime access.

This means you can view the videos for as long as they exist in their online format. Unlike DVDs (or real life teachers), online videos don’t wear out!

I’ve already written quite a lot of stuff. Is Scribbles for me?

Scribbles is for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of storytelling.

It’s for anyone in need of inspiration.

It’s for anyone committed to learning and professional development.

It’s for anyone who loves writing for children and wants to hone their skills and strengthen their foundations.

I don’t know if I want to write for children. But I’m interested in creative writing. Will Scribbles help me?

Scribbles is packed with insights into creative writing. Writing is writing is writing. While Scribbles has an eye on the subtleties of children’s literature, it’s broad enough to be helpful to all aspiring and emerging authors.

 How much is Scribbles?

The course costs $250 (Excl GST). Price is in Australian dollars.

For conversion to other currencies click here.

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I’m in. Take me to the shop!