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Sofie has kept a diary since she was seven years old when her Polish grandmother bought her a blank book as a gift. When Sofie asked why the pages held no words or pictures her grandmother explained that the book was for writing stories about herself. Sofie has been keeping a diary ever since. In her journal-keeping workshops Sofie explores the different ways journals/diaries can function in both our personal and creative lives. She shows her audience the first drafts of her many books all contained within her diaries. Sofie discusses the value of having a private place to be creative and expressive and the ways it has healed and helped her.
The different places we can find inspiration for stories and plays. The healing powers of writing. The ways diaries can help lead to publication.
In her presentations for lower primary students, including kindergarten and Preps, Sofie draws on her acting skills; she performs a play based on her book My Yellow Blanky (Omnibus 2002). Sofie plays the main character, an energetic and willful five-year-old, and the children from the audience play the other parts, complete with costumes and props. […]
Using her books as a springboard, Sofie discusses the importance of character in her own writing. She examines the different ways we can create strong characters and their importance in building a compelling story. Sofie’s audience learns how to create characters of their own and to develop the stories that lie within them. The sessions […]
There is also a strong theatrical element in Sofie’s presentations for middle and upper primary students. After speaking with students about the different inspirations for her stories, Sofie plays director and the students act out scenes from her novels. She has found this to be an excellent way of engaging the audience in her work […]