So today I had the privilege of being part of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival regional event at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Ballarat. I was invited to talk on a panel about how writing for young people intersects with freedom, power and democracy. It was an absolute pleasure to share a table with Susan Green, Alison Arnold, Penni Russon and Nadine Cranenburgh. It was really fascinating to hear how all of us had interpreted the topic and there was a lovely accidental synchronicity in the order of our talks. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to everyone else’s perspectives and it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I thought I’d post a copy of my talk below in case anyone was interested.
I’m excited to be able to share some photos with you from my recent trip to Manifest Creative Arts Festival held at Avondale College in Cooranbong, NSW a fortnight ago. I was invited to be one of the presenters at Manifest, which was a huge honour. Keep reading →
I had the absolute pleasure of participating in a Writer’s Digest Picture Book Craft Intensive webinar last week with the amazing agent, Mary Kole. Getting up at 2:45am to attend the said webinar was slightly less pleasurable, however it was absolutely, totally, entirely worth every bit of sleep I didn’t get*. Hooked up live via my computer, I got to hear Mary share some of her insights into picture books and the publishing industry for an hour and a half, while watching an accompanying PowerPoint. It really was just like attending a lecture except that I couldn’t actually see the lecturer; there was no video – just audio and a visual presentation. There was a little box for me to type any questions I had and send to Mary, which I put to good use throughout. Writer’s Digest guarantee that no question goes unanswered in a webinar, however that doesn’t mean they get answered immediately. In our case, Mary had so much amazing-incredible-insightful stuff to share she was struggling to fit it into the 90 minute time frame as it was, so the questions will be answered and sent to us with a link of the lecture which we can access for some time afterwards. And if I had ever questioned the value of investing in my craft, this webinar put any of those doubts safely to rest.
Did you know this week is Logan Writers Week? It’s the inaugural event for writers living in Logan City Council and has been pulled together by the energetic Karen Tyrrell over the past few months. Throughout the week there will be presentations on all aspects of writing from writers who live or work in Logan, and the best news is all events are free! You do need to book, however, and can find the program on the Logan Libraries website. Yesterday I was part of a panel of children’s writers where we shared some advice and tips for aspiring authors. It was great fun and I learned a lot from my fellow panel members, Sharon L Norris and Ged Maybury. And now I’m really excited about tomorrow. Keep reading →