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Belinda Murrell: Intensive Immersion: Creative Writing for Secondary Students

Session Info:

This dynamic session is an intensive creative writing immersion for high school students. Belinda’s presentation covers the stories behind the stories, inspiration from real life and family legends, life as an author and the creative writing process from inspiration, themes, voice and research to editing and polishing.

Belinda discusses writing books such as her award-winning Australian historical, time-slip series including The Ivory Rose, The Forgotten Pearl and The Lost Sapphire.

Engaging stories, photographs, lightning writing exercises and Q&A inspire students to take their writing to the next level.

Topics covered:

  • Inspiration and ideas from real life, memory and family stories
  • themes and messages
  • plotting and planning
  • narrative arc and story structure
  • creating dynamic characters and vivid settings
  • lightning writing exercise
  • beginnings and endings
  • action, description and dialogue
  • emotive writing
  • show not tell
  • busting cliché and stereotypes
  • tips for short stories
  • Q&A

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