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Sharing stories

On Friday, 5 May, 2017 I held my first ever book launch, at the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery. It is incredible to think that this happened over a year ago.

Since The Whirlpool‘s release, I have been fortunate to present creative writing talks and workshops at Voices on the Coast, the CYA Conference, Romancing the Stars, and Where the Wild Things Are. I love talking about stories and learning from other writers.

The kids are fantastic. Let me just mention that. At this year’s Voices on the Coast (at the University of the Sunshine Coast), I talked to Year 4 and 5 kids about how animals in stories are always a little bit human. Animal characters are expressive and emotional; they often wear clothes or stand on two legs; they live in families or form strong connections, friendships and rivalries. The kids picked up what I was saying and ran with it. They drew their own animal characters, dressed them in hats, scarves (and, in one case, board shorts), and created rich backstories. They could tell me what their characters liked doing, what their favourite food was (answers varied from doughnuts to carrots), and whether he/she enjoyed school. One kid explained all about how his possum had a messy room (which his mum didn’t like), while another told me that her fox had formed an unlikely friendship with a very tall rabbit. Some of the animals had enemies; all of them had personality.

It makes me so happy to see kids become passionate about creating, and I’m excited to keep sharing stories and meeting the vivid imaginations of the future.

2 thoughts on “Sharing stories

  1. You have not written since August, 2018.
    Do you know much about marketing?
    Your photo is much younger than you actually are.
    Is that correct?
    I was going to book into the Qld Writers Centre “Start with a Story”, but I decided not to.
    I am making contact because there is much I need to learn.
    I need to learn but I have not much money so I need to pick and choose carefully.

    1. Hi Len, thanks for your message. I know a bit about marketing, but have been focussing on writing and tutoring at university rather than updating my website. I hold a Doctorate in Creative Writing and love tutoring and holding writing workshops. I write regularly, and have published short fiction in journals before and after 2018, and presented at international writing conferences. Most of the photos on my website were taken when I was 24, and I am now 27. I am happy to help you develop your writing skills if you want to book with the QWC, but it is completely your decision. All the best!

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