Editing children’s books: The inside story


This month’s meeting features Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder, an award-winning and highly experienced children’s book author, editor and illustrator. Writing and editing children’s books requires specialised skills and knowledge. Above all, perhaps, the author or editor needs to have a firm grasp of what will engage young readers; be able to match language use and illustrations to the age group of the target audience; and choose the form of text most appropriate to the story and its audience.

You can attend either in person or via a Zoom webinar. To register to attend in person visit the Trybooking page by 3 pm on 28 June. Registering helps us with catering, but isn’t essential.

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2023
Time: 5.45 pm (on site), 6.30 pm (webinar)
Dinner to follow at Zeytin Turkish Cuisine on the Kingston Foreshore at 8pm.
Further details below.

About the presentation

Stephanie will share with us the understandings and knowledge she has acquired from over 40 years’ experience as both an editor and author of children’s books. In particular, she will discuss the processes involved in researching, writing, editing and producing both picture books and historical novels for children, including both fiction and nonfiction titles. She will also share insights she recently gained from working with an editor on the copyedit of her forthcoming title, Courageous Kids and Their Amazing Adventures.

About Stephanie

Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder is an award-winning Canberra author, illustrator and editor. Stephanie worked for over twenty years as a Hansard Editor at Federal Parliament. She has also worked as a freelance editor, editing over sixty books, journals and other documents.

Stephanie Owen Reeder

As an author, Stephanie has produced over twenty books for children and adults. Her children’s books range from concept books for the very young to picture books and historical novels. She is the author of the best-selling Heritage Heroes series, which has won both the New South Wales Premier’s History Award and the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Award. One of the books in this series is currently being made into a feature film. And another book, Swifty the Super-fast Parrot, co-authored by Stephanie and Astrid Hicks, has just been shortlisted for the 2023 ACT Notable Book Awards.

To attend in person

Please register on the Trybooking page by 3 pm on 28 June if you wish to attend in person.


The Durie Room
St Mark’s National Theological Centre
15 Blackall St (not Blackall Place)
See MAP.


The room opens at 5:45 pm. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Need to cancel?

Return your ticket directly into the TryBooking system to make it available for someone else.


We plan to dine at Zeytin Turkish Cuisine on the Kingston Foreshore at 8pm after the meeting, You can find the location and menu at: https://www.zeytin.com.au/.

If you’d like to join us, please REGISTER by 3pm on Wednesday 28 June so that we can finalise bookings. Please bring cash with you as the restaurant does not split bills.

To attend the webinar (via Zoom)

A link for the Zoom meeting will be supplied to all members by email. If you are not a member and wish to attend by Zoom, please send an email to the contact email address you will find on the About page and ask to be sent a link. Please do not pass on your link to other people.

The webinar audience can use Zoom’s Q&A functionality to ask questions or offer opinions. (You will not be able to see the presentation or participate in the Q&A if you attend by phone call.)

The webinar will not be recorded.

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