It was a dark and stormy night. Your story starts… now! Authors, all levels of experience and skill, often drag their feet (or their pen) at the start of a story. Sometimes they’re trying to say too much, trying to give the reader too much detail up front. Watch out for this! Other times, the author …
I used to have a studio at a Melbourne arts precinct. Funnily enough, mine was Studio 54. That might ring a bell for some of you. Doesn't matter. The fact is, my studio was a hub. People were always dropping by for a chat or a grizzle or a giggle. Most of them were other artists and writers. …
Early in 2016 I decided it was time to start teaching creative writing again.
I’d taught a few years earlier and loved everything about it—the connection, the conversations, the sharing, reading, writing, coffee! Heaven.
This time though I wanted to commit more fully, and build something for my students that was rich and supportive.
Something with staying power. I wanted a proper writin’ school. And I wanted to gather a tribe—foster a community.
First things first.
Being a children’s author I decided that my first priority would a really cool illustration. (Ahem.)
I wanted something that captured EXACTLY what was in my head. Something that would convey my vision in an instant.
But my vision was cloudy. And I couldn’t for the life of me come up with a name for the school.
With all this in mind (ie nothing) I contacted my friend, author/illustrator Gus Gordon.
Gus and I had done two books together (Sing, Pepi, Sing! and Haggis McGregor and…
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Early this year I was interviewed by a rather pompous character called, Bookworm. It was for a Channel 9 kids TV show. I'll let you know when it screens... At one point during the interview, Bookworm said, 'I hear you collect words.' I said, 'Who told you that?!' Bookworm was taken aback (and that's saying something). …