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Fiona Wood is the author of Six Impossible Things, Wildlife and Cloudwish. Six Impossible Things was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year, Older Readers in 2011. Wildlife won the CBCA Award in 2014 and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Cloudwish won the CBCA Award in 2016, and the 2016 Indie Book Award for YA fiction. It was also shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award, and the ABIA Award. Her books are published internationally. All three books are Junior Library Guild Selections in the US. Before writing YA fiction, Fiona worked as a screenwriter. She lives in Melbourne with her family.
I have worked in marketing and in arts administration. One of the projects I cooked up was putting poetry on billboards at train stations. I’ve also been a freelance journalist and written PR for film and television. For the last ten years I’ve been writing television scripts for many of Australia’s most popular shows.
The theme that most engages me for the young adult reader is discovery of self, which inevitably connects with family, friendship and relationships. And I like giving characters a moral dilemma to chew on.
I’m passionate about writing – and about keeping young adult readers engaged with books and readings in the digital era. I love reading and cooking.
It was a pleasure spending the morning with the amazing author Fiona Wood and learning about the variety of dispositions that are associated with being a writer. It was relieving to know that fear and judgement in writing was common however Fiona taught us that it would be of great benefit if fear can be used as a positive in writing. Thank you Fiona Wood for helping me believe in my writing and that I should no longer have fear in taking it forward.
Fiona Wood made me realise that the only thing stopping me from writing is my own self doubt. If I am prepared to fail then it is more likely that I will succeed.
The visit was a huge success! The students really enjoyed Fiona’s talk and were especially fascinated by her explanation of the process of writing scripts for television. The workshop was also fantastic – a very worthwhile experience. The students left with lots of great tips to experiment with in their own writing.