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Writing a first draft of a story can be a long, hard, brain-twisting process – but it’s only the beginning of the journey of a book. Publishing is a collaborative process, requiring the skills and talents of many people – but who are they, and what exactly do they all do? This presentation will offer a brief, entertaining overview of everything that goes into making a book, from initial idea spark, to finished product on the shelf. The aim is to show budding writers that no writer – no matter how skilled or talented – ever writes a perfect first draft. It will offer a brief look at the process of my debut novel, ‘Life in Outer Space’, from the first idea, through writing and editorial, to finished novel.
Zoom, but may be modified to suit the school’s preferred delivery platform.
Creating fun (and weird) characters and using them in a story is easy! This workshop with use the loveable cast of the Barkly Mansion junior fiction series to help students think about what they need to make their own character, and how they can use this character to begin a story. Get their creative brains […]
Creating interesting, three-dimensional characters is essential to writing a story – but when you’re stuck for story ideas, asking questions of your characters, and getting to know them better, can also provide a rich source of plot inspiration. By the end of this session, students should have an understanding of the process writers undertake in […]
Conflict is the engine that drives a story – it’s all about setting problems and obstacles for your characters, and then figuring out how (and if!) your characters are going to solve those problems. Conflict is a key ingredient in all storytelling – but how do we pose gripping, genuine problems for our characters? In […]
How does a picture book get made? Who does the pictures? Who writes the words? And how does it all come together? In this workshop, students will learn all about the behind-the-scenes work that happens inside a publish house to create a picture book, from idea to finished creation, while at the same time building, […]
Why do some characters feel more authentic and compelling than others? How do writers find the inspiration for their fictional people, and how do they make them ‘come to life’? What are some of the methods writers use to create the people in their fictional worlds? Characters are the beings who populate and drive a […]
I am both a writer and in-house editor, so have insight into publication from both sides of the process. My aim is to show budding writers that the words they put down on a page are only a starting point. Refining, polishing and perfecting your work is long, messy and sometimes arduous – but nothing […]
As someone who left high school with a love of books but a belief that writing was something that only ‘other’ people could do, I am passionate about encouraging young people from all backgrounds to pursue their creative interests. All creative people, no matter how accomplished or renowned, experience moments of fierce doubt when it […]