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Teens are all too familiar with the emphasis our society places on success as a measure of worth. With lives that revolve around exams and test results, it can be hard for teens to see beyond.
I was always a high achiever at school but made a series of epic mistakes in my quest to achieve my life-long dream of becoming a published writer. The more failures I made the more I panicked and felt worthless. But when I began to see my failures as learning opportunities, when I realized that there was always more than one way to achieve a dream, I saw each misstep as a step nonetheless, hopefully a step closer to the right direction each time.
With this talk I hope to reassure teens that failure is not the enemy – in fact, the ability to accept failure and to learn from it can be a strength.
With creative writing such an integral part of the English curriculum, this workshop aims to teach the necessary skills for students to get the most out of their writing assignments. The workshop can be tailored to suit the needs of the group or school. It can cover any one or more of the following: Structure […]
While most teens will have read a book or two (hopefully more!) many of them will have very little idea what actually goes into producing a book. This in-depth talk begins by discussing where the first sparks of a story come from, covers what goes into crafting a manuscript (and the many, many years this […]