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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’ for competitions and publication etc.
* Short Story VS. Novel
* Characteristics of a short story
* The secret to all stories – long or short
* Generating ideas by sparking imagination
* All stories are teaching you WRITING!
* Where to submit
* Freeform writing challenge – visual prompts
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]