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That post title may sound a bit self-congratulatory, mainly because it is, but it feels like my harbour is slowly filling up with ships. Those I cast out into the winds of fate are finally finding their way back in.
Learning to be a better writer and/or illustrator can be a tricky process. There are courses you can do, but a lot of the work ends up being self-directed, just you and your notebook or sketchbook, putting in the hours.
When you think of Graeme Base or Stephen Michael King, Shaun Tan or Dick Bruna, I’m sure an illustration style immediately pops to mind. Each of these talented people have a particular style they’ve honed over the years.
I’m a huge fan of writing groups. I’ve always found being a member of one both motivating and helpful. In the course of my writing life I’ve belonged to many critique groups both face-to-face and on-line.
Even though I’ve written dozens of books (more than 120 and counting), it’s always an exciting time when a new book hits the shelves. My latest, due out in July, is a novel for young readers aged 8 to 11 years. Here Comes Trouble!
We read the first book in Ellie Marney's excellent series, Every Breath, last year for the Convent book group, and when I saw volume two, Every Word, sitting in the library, I grabbed it. This is what GOOD YA looks like.
I love school holidays. This may sound like a strange thing to say for someone who hasn’t been a teacher for ten years and whose kids are well past their school days. But school holidays are wonderful.
I celebrated the ultimate event in my Writer’s year … The Australian CYA Conference at Southbank TAFE, Brisbane celebrated its 10th birthday anniversary. A one-day action-packed creative holiday for writers.
Hi cHEwY gum gums So we’re halfway through the year now and I’m enjoying the school holidays before a hectic term 3 of school visits and festivals. I have a month to finish off my second edits for The Other Christy.
I’ve just returned from a very enjoyable week in CANBERRA with my wife. There wasn’t quite enough time for me to set all the Nation’s affairs in order, but you know, I did what I could. Here’s how it all went.
Happy Bookday to you Happy Bookday to-ooo you! Happy Bookday, Fly-in Fly-out Daaaad Happy Bookday to you! Yep, you guessed it, today is release day for my new picture book Fly-In Fly-Out Dad, published by Five Mile Press.
Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of messages from parents and teachers who have kids or know kids who love to write. Other enquiries I get are from people who know kids who have great ideas for stories, but don’t know how to get them down on paper.
As a follow up to last week's blog post, 10 Ways to Inspire Kids to Read, I spoke to Rebecca Levingston on ABC Radio. We chatted about audiobooks, hanging out in bookstores and libraries and ways to help a child find that next great book.
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