Hazel Edwards

“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

Opportunity for First-Timers 

Even experienced children's authors & illustrators like these had to start somewhere.

( l-r Jen Mc Veity, Felicity Marshall, Krista Bell, (Hazel), Meredith Costain, Corinne Fenton, Susanne Gervay)

Photo credit: Meredith Fuller

Authors & Illustrators

'The Mud Caked Hippo' is a ‘Hand Me Down’  hippo cousin story for YOU to illustrate. Tamworth’s librarian Amy reads and you can see the words. 

Picture Book Opportunity for First-Timers

Schools set create-a-book projects and adults wish to design their own. Many ask Hazel for mentoring hints.

Most first-timers do not realise creating picture books is a BIG challenge.

So , as an inbetween step, Hazel offered her text (words) based on existing, unpublished  stories for students to use.

To encourage:

  • beginners to explore techniques based on an existing manuscript
  • appreciation of the time and skills needed in creating a work
  • discussion of issues within the stories 
  • diversity of cross cultural stories & viewpoints

Picture Book Text for YOU to illustrate

A new story 'Body Parts' by Hazel has been added here so you can experiment with it as a picture book project.

(Rights remain of original text with Hazel Edwards)

Body Parts for Hazel Edwards' Picture Book Exercise_.pdf    

This is also suitable for teenagers and family historians to illustrate.


A picture book is usually 24 or 32 pages.

  • Allow thinking/planning time.
  • Look at lots of picture books for design ideas.
  • Play with a storyboard,deciding where text and illustrations will go.
  • Where will you make the page breaks? Allow for title page and endpapers.
  • Design a cover so the title can be easily read and illustrations hint at the most important ideas in the story.
  • Add names of author and illustrator(you).
  • Or make a dummy book. Consider an app?
  • Decide on the kind of illustrations: Photos? Cartoons? Collage? Pen and ink? Colour?
  • Who will be your audience?  Age? Reading ability?
  • Write a 2 line back cover blurb

40th aniversary Hippo (with confetti)Use one of the hippo books as a model for the page layout of your book.

Useful Links: 

Five Senses Education published Hazel's stories for younger readers in collections called 'Like Me, Volume One' and 'Like Me Volume Two'' 

A.S.A Style File.

The Business of Writing for Young People

Aspiring Writers 

Hazel's Picture Books 

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Events & Appearances 2020

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Masterclass: Complete Your Book in a Year.

2020 ( booking & info here)  

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Remaining 2020

Nov 24th 6pm ZOOM 'Untapped' Historic Literary Project' Uni of Melbourne. Includes 'General Store'.

Nov 29th 3.30  ZOOM Launch:  Five Voices Poetry Book

Dec 2nd 4.30 ZOOM Indian Anthology Launch

Dec 4th  ZOOM  PROV Mini Book Launch  Online 10 am.

Dec 11th Noon. Ex-HSC students. East Malvern 



Jan 12th   U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Complete Your Book in a Year


14th-20th Society of Women Writers Vic Literary Festival 'Collaboration'.