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This session is linked to the young adult Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology – and the history of how this book came to be.
#LoveOzYA = ‘Love Australian Young Adult Literature’. How did this grassroots movement encouraging Aussie teens to read Australian stories take hold in 2016, and why is it important that we have a National Youth Literature in the first place?
* What is ‘young adult literature’? Brief history globally
* From Harry Potter to the Hunger Games – how YA took over Hollywood
* History of Australian young adult literature
* History of grassroots movements in an increasingly interconnected YA community – #WeNeedDiverseBooks, #OwnVoices and #LoveOzYA
* Who cares? – delving into why it’s important any country have a national arts culture, and tell their own stories.
* ‘Stories Raise Us’ – the collective upbringing of national story
* ‘Stories Change Us, and We Change Society’ – if you want to see your world change, art is the answer
* Teens to the Front’ – Aussie teens telling their own stories, and seeing themselves on the page
I wrote FanFiction steadily from 2002 to 2009; for Buffy, Once & Again, Mercy Thompson and Twilight especially. Twenty-four stories amounted to 391, 522 words all up. My longest FF piece ran to 184,402-words, with 112 chapters. I wrote FanFiction from age 15 to 22 and it was how I found a way to my […]
An all-you-need-to-know about short-story writing for those who’ve never explored this wonderful form. It covers the basics and is particularly aimed at students, encouraging them to practice short-story writing to improve their communication skills, and flex their imagination. If requested for an adult-writers workshop, it can be adapted with minor changes to ‘where to submit’ […]
Danielle’s debut middle-grade book The Year the Maps Changed is based on her vague memories of growing up on the Mornington Peninsula during ‘Operation Safe Haven’ and Australia’s largest-ever humanitarian exercise in aid of refugees affected by the Kosovo War. The same age as her protagonist in the story, Danielle will talk about how her […]
This chat can be adjusted, depending on the year-levels. Either a general book-chat about The Year the Maps Changed that’s also a talk about my publishing-journey and a call for student-activism and importance of engaging with the News media. For older year-levels, an additional component can be delving into Australia’s treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees. […]