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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 own voice and the stories/themes that mattered to me… and now I’m a published author and literary agent. I’m here to assure students that this is a totally legitimate form of writing and storytelling, and “mimicking” is just one way that many authors come to find their own voice and unique point-of-view.
FanFiction exists in a lot of “legitimate” media forms –
– Television shows often operate with a creator who then appoints staff-writers and a “showrunner” to write scripts and manage the series. Essentially; someone leaving other writers in charge of their characters and universe (prime example is also George RR Martin leaving a good chunk of Game of Thrones original storytelling to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of the television series)
– Film adaptations are a FanFiction of the books/plays/ideas they’re based on.
– Going all the way back the Brothers Grimm, who wrote down the oral-stories of women and inserted their own morality clauses … until Disney came along and put their own spin on even those stories with their movie adaptations.
* What is FanFiction?
* History of FF
* FF really is all around
* My publishing journey
* What FanFic taught me – and can teach you
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 […]
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. […]