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Karen Wood: Primary Workshop – Make your own book

Session Info:

Karen’s sessions are relaxed and informal, with a strong focus on student participation. Students learn about the key concept of ‘inspiration’ and how professional writers source original and creative ideas. Rather than focusing on her own work, Karen aims to inspire and stimulate young minds to create their own wonderful stories, guiding them through the process of scaffolding; orientation, complication, events and resolution.

 15 min power point presentation

Karen will share her real life story about a girl called Jess and her horse Diamond and tell students how they became the inspiration for her first book Diamond Spirit. After being contracted to write another 4 books in the series, she set off to find stories in the outback of Australia, travelling through Mt Isa and beyond, visiting remote indigenous communities in far north Queensland and searching for her characters, setting, and plot.

5 minute Reading – Chapter One from Family Secrets (Trickstars One).

10 – 15 minute Brainstorming session – In a fun interactive session, Karen will encourage students to come up with their own ending for this story.

For early stage 1 and stage 1 students – the author talk can finish here.
Stages 2, 3 and 4 can continue.

Creating a book – Each student will chose an original Allen and Unwin book cover that inspires them (supplied by Karen). They will be encouraged to think about title, blurb, catch phrase, pictures and think about what the story inside could be about.

They will be given half an hour to plot out a basic story line for the book using the framework of orientation, complication, events and resolution.

Students can tick off further learning outcomes by typing their story out on a word processor and inserting it into the cover to make their own book.

Topics Covered

  • Finding Inspiration – where do authors get their ideas?
  • Story scaffolding – orientation, complication, events and resolution
  • Linking texts – How covers and blurbs are used to market the story inside


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