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|In this workshop, bestselling author Andrew McDonald talks about the building blocks of a great story and shares his best writing tricks to help kids:
The workshops begin with everyone creating a weird but wonderful character, focusing especially on character traits, motivations and emotions.
Then the focus turns to language as the group examines how to construct the best names, descriptions, action sequences, jokes, sentences, beginnings and ends to a story.
A story involving the character is then planned and plotted out, making sure the story has well-timed highs and lows.
The final activity sees everything (character, language, plot) come together as everyone writes their story.
Each kid will leave the workshop with a new story – and an understanding of how it came to be.
Andrew will bring his PowerPoint presentation on his own MacBook – along with a variety of different adapters (including HDMI) to plug directly into a school projector. He also brings a USB (suitable for Macs or PCs) as a backup.
No internet connection is required and the presentation does not contain video or audio.
Andrew has run writing workshops for many primary and secondary schools – as well as for organisations such as the State Library of Victoria 100 Story Building and the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Andrew McDonald is a bestselling author and an energetic presenter who has been visiting schools for over ten years. In his author talks, Andrew uses images and storytelling to explain what sparked his love for books when he was a boy, what his creative writing process is like now, where he draws inspiration from and […]