The Duck Pond

The Duck Pond is a unique membership site for creators of children’s literature, presented by acclaimed children’s author, Jen Storer, and a host of highly esteemed, hand-picked kidlit professionals.

Next intake, August 2021!

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Annual Membership

($300 AUD annually includes GST)

Month-to-Month Membership

($30 AUD monthly includes GST)


I’ve had more than 20 books published with HarperCollins, and Penguin/Random House. I’ve written picture books, full-length novels and everything in between. My books have been recognised in literary awards and kids’ choice awards. I’ve also worked in-house and freelance as a children’s book editor.

In the Duck Pond, I share my experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for children’s literature and it’s beautiful creators.

Join me and…

Connect with industry leaders

Learn from accomplished professionals

Thrive in a vibrant community

The Duck Pond is an extraordinary community; a constant source of friendship, fun, opportunities, education, support and priceless connections.






•Priceless connections


Many a lost, confused or flagging kidlit creator has recovered their sense of adventure or found renewed energy simply by paddling in the Duck Pond.

Hundreds of Duckies have met in real life, too — at conferences, classes, book launches and tea parties.

In the history of the children’s book industry there’s never been a community quite like the Duck Pond.

Whether you’re an Original Duckie or a bright-eyed newbie, there’s a buoyant, inclusive energy in the Duck Pond that never fails to enrich lives and fuel creativity.

Don’t waste YEARS making rookie mistakes

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Add love the duck pond and I've been in it for years and you should join too. and you will love it.

Join the Duck Pond, it’s coffee and cake that’s good for you!

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Are you an illustrator_


Here's what you'll getF

Monthly FREE masterclasses with industry professionals.

Yep. You read that right.

FREE online masterclasses. Some aimed at authors, some aimed at illustrators.

All classes are exclusive to the Duck Pond.

We have a host of esteemed professionals lined up for 2021 and we cannot wait to share their classes with you. (See below for more on this.)

Each of our masterclasses is valued at $350 plus—and we host twelve per year. That’s $4200 worth of masterclasses. That’s like WOW, right?

Next intake, August 2021!

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Check out this video for a sneak peek at some recent masterclasses

What’s on in the Duck Pond?

Our June 2021 masterclass is with author and illustrator, Gus Gordon!

Among other things, Gus is the author/illustrator of the classic picture book, Herman and Rosie, which is beloved worldwide, inspiring stage and musical adaptations.

More than anything, Herman and Rosie shows you how a real artist can transcend genre and bridge generation gaps to produce a genuine, unpretentious work of art. Clever, sweet and brilliant in every way.’ William Yeoman, The West Australian

Regular interviews EXCLUSIVE to the Duck Pond.

Some guests are from our industry, others are from outside the world of kidlit.

This adds diversity and depth to life in the Pond and inspires our members to always think broadly and push boundaries.

There are mentors and guides EVERYWHERE but sometimes you don’t know where to look. Here at the Duck Pond we find them for you.

Regular video interviews with DUCKIES. One might be YOU!

Remember, the Duck Pond is committed to YOUR growth — our approach is holistic. We want to know about you, your creative goals and what makes you tick.

FUN challenges such as:

*Selfie Saturday

*SHELFIE Saturday (you with your book!)

*Marketing Monday

*Monthly writing challenges

*Monthly illustration challenges

These gentle challenges foster self-confidence, develop your skills, provide promo opportunities, enrich creativity and strengthen community ties.

Else you'll get

• Be part of the most dynamic kidlit community in the universe (True!!!)

• Raise your professional profile

• Assure your visibility within the kidlit industry

• Stand in the path of opportunities

• Learn from your peers

• Ask questions and get informed answers rather than random guesses or rumours

• Share your wins, your challenges and your concerns

• Grow (personally and professionally)

• Keep up with industry trends

• Make new friends

• Showcase your creativity

• Meet mentors who will support you on this journey

• Promote your work, your launches, your side projects and your HEART projects

• Strengthen your understanding of our complex industry so you never feel overwhelmed again

• Nourish your creativity

• Immerse yourself in your dreams and flourish!


What’s on in the Duck Pond this month?

Our May masterclass was with Karen Foxlee!

This was an extraordinary masterclass full of hard won wisdom and unique insights into the writing process. Karen is an exceptional writer with a string of awards to her name. She is also down-to-earth, unassuming and highly esteemed by all our members and the kidlit community in general. This was a class to come back to over and over again.

Our March masterclass was with Jane Godwin!

Jane Godwin is a highly acclaimed author of over thirty books for children, across all styles and ages. Her work is published internationally and has received countless awards and commendations.

For many years, Jane worked as a Children’s Publisher at Penguin Books Australia.

Jane’s masterclass was, in a word, brilliant. It provided endless insights and ah-ha moments to all our members—authors and illustrators alike.

Next intake, August 2021!

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2021: Another Duck Pond exclusive interview. We discuss everything from the realities of creative writing, diversity and disability in books for kids and young adults, and we take a deep dive into the world of literary agents.


Life’s Sweet in the Duck Pond!

In the Duck Pond, you learn more in less time — without the stress of big payments. We hold space while you hone your skills, develop your knowledge (exponentially) and unleash your creativity. (1)

Duckie Collage

As a Duck Pond member you receive more than $4000 worth of masterclasses, free!

Next intake, August 2021!

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Psst! Scroll down to view your welcome gift!

frequently asked questions (1)

Is this a Facebook group?

Yes, it is. But it’s PRIVATE and it’s CURATED. We work hard to keep it safe, upbeat and nourishing.

We have specially appointed admin to look after you.

Dulcie and Geek Duck are always on board to help with techie tangles and other hiccups.

Amanda , our Community Host, oversees everything else  (including the fun and games), ensuring all duckies are kept informed and engaged.

All our admin are here to care for YOU; to ensure you get the best experience.

And of course Jen pops in regularly to say hi and see what you’re up to.

I’m just starting out. Will I be ‘too green’ for the Duck Pond?

You’re kidding, right? Come on in! We’ll take your hand and guide you. Or, we’ll leave you to sit quietly and soak up the knowledge. It’s your call. We’re here for YOU.

Are there beginners in the Duck Pond?


I’m an experienced author/illustrator/creator. Should I join?

Of course! The Pond is full of kidlit fans. They’re busting to connect with people like you, busting to learn more and to support fellow creatives. No matter where you are on your journey, the Pond will help raise your profile and connect you with people who LOVE your work.

We’re all lifting up each other.

Are there professionals in the Duck Pond?


How long are the masterclasses?

They are each one hour long. They are also recorded and available FREE to our members for six weeks after initial presentation.

How much do masterclasses normally cost?

Outside the Duck Pond, author/illustrator masterclasses are valued at anywhere between $350 – $500 (that’s *ASA rates plus booking fees). *Australian Society of Authors

How much does it cost to join the Duck Pond?

Annual Membership

$300 AUD annually includes GST

Month-to-Month Membership

$30 AUD monthly includes GST

If I join and my circumstance change can I leave the Duck Pond and come back later?

Yes, of course you can, no questions asked. On the other hand if you want to talk we are open to discussing your changes. We are happy to support our members through tricky times and challenges.

We cannot allow people to join and leave multiple times however as this is unfair on our community, our presenters and our admin staff. (Btw, this has NEVER happened. People LOVE our community and once they join they generally stay put!)

Are there publishers and editors in the Duck Pond?

There certainly are. We respect their privacy but we also benefit from their knowledge and input. Plus, they get to see who’s doing what and who they might like to work with!

What’s the difference between the Duck Pond and the Scribbles Academy?

The Duck Pond is a lighthearted,  community-minded  FB group where you can explore the art  of kidlit creation without any pressure or deadlines. In the Duck Pond, you network with other creatives, raise your profile and explore.

The Scribbles Academy on the other hand is a deep dive into mastering the art of kidlit creation. It has core modules and offers more intensive, transformational learning ; it’s a much deeper commitment— with monthly live, group coaching calls (from Jen), unique bonuses and closer monitoring by Jen.

Both the Duck Pond and the Scribbles Academy are seperate offerings, but they definitely compliment each other. It all depends on how much you want to learn. How much you want to immerse yourself in this amazing journey.

The Duck Pond is an invigorating,  generous entry-point into to the world of girl&duck and kidlit creation. We’re incredibly proud of it. There’s nothing like it anywhere.

Can I promote my books, my blog, my podcast, my art and other shiny things, in the Duck Pond?

Of course you can. We’re super interested in what you’re doing and what you’re achieving. We only ask that you promote your work gently, without spamming other members. The more you give to this community the more you receive. It’s that simple

I’ve had some work published. Will my Duck Pond membership be a tax deduction?

You betcha! #notafinancialadvisor

It should also be a tax deDUCKtion. (Thanks for that, Geek Duck.)

You're welcome.

Where do I go with other questions?


We’re here to help you!

Join us and receive your beautiful welcome gift

An online tutorial with Jen Storer.  Two Things Publishers Find Most Problematic about Rhyming Picture Books. Plus, Nine Steps to Becoming a Real Writer.

Your welcome gift includes a video tutorial and downloadable  notes. (Your writing resource library is growing already, duckie!)

We’re soooo looking forward to welcoming you in.

Opening again in August 2021!

CLICK HERE to join the waiting list

You will LOVE the Duck Pond!

Opening again in August 2021!

CLICK HERE to join the waiting list