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Morris is one of Australia’s most successful and experienced children’s authors. As a speaker he uses the mix of humour and emotion found in his best-selling books. His sessions are informal, interactive and fun. Sharing the secrets of his writing room, Morris leaves students informed and inspired, as well as equipped with tools for their own adventures in literacy and creativity. And he brings his own sandwiches.
Thank you for your help in securing a visit from Morris Gleitzman last week to our school. There was great excitement around his visit – with our Grade 3/4 students reading up the Toad stories prior to his visit. Morris is an experienced presenter and his visit was enjoyed very much by both the students and teachers. A celebrity in children’s books!
Morris Gleitzman’s presentation at Ruskin Park Primary School was an incredibly valuable experience for all the students and teachers involved. When Morris explained his creative writing process he had the children spellbound and they were fascinated to hear how he developed his characters, particularly since (probably) all of them had read at least one of his books and could relate to the people/characters he was talking about.
The students were genuinely interested to discover how he came up with his ideas and how the basic idea turned into a complete story. His patience, gentle manner and humour in answering many questions about all of his books and characters was greatly appreciated by everyone.
The students and teachers were inspired to return to their classrooms and use some of the creative writing methods that Morris had spoken about. We were also inspired to go back and read, or re-read some of his stories.
My grade in particular were in awe. They have read of lot of his books this year, studied them closely and were extremely excited to meet Morris. It was especially pleasing that Morris was able to visit our classroom to see the work the students had produced and be presented with a book about his characters and view some of their movie trailers.
Morris recently spoke to about 500 children from the Hampton Park region in Melbourne.
He spoke about children and their writing and gave them ideas and hints from his wide range of experience.
He was obviously very well used to speaking in front of a large audience and it was a privilege to have someone of his calibre speaking to the kids.