ALEA – Meanjin 42nd Writer’s Festival

The 42nd ALEA Meanjin – Brisbane area – Australian Literacy Educators’ Association Young Writers’ Festival (for students from Years 5 to 10) is being held on Thursday 4 July at Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus. Featuring a Keynote from Morris Gleitzman and four workshops with a wonderful line up of authors, poets and illustrators –Continue reading “ALEA – Meanjin 42nd Writer’s Festival”

Submissions Week

This was a watershed week of submissions for me. I have spent most of the year reworking and editing a number of promising writing pieces, and working out whether some earlier projects are short stories, picture books or novels.  Sometimes I don’t know in the early drafts what the final form will be. Each pieceContinue reading “Submissions Week”

Finding the Heart

The last few months I have been revisiting picture book drafts and short stories, that didn’t feel like they were quite there yet. Something special was missing.  I just couldn’t put my finger on it.  But I didn’t want to give up on the potential. I had to have a huge break from them toContinue reading “Finding the Heart”

Reaching the Mountain of My First Draft

I am looking down the pathway of writing my way to the mountain of my completed first draft. Using my plan and outline as a map and continuing to read books that inspire me when I become stuck, I have reached my fourth chapter. I am following the plan, but letting the characters help meContinue reading “Reaching the Mountain of My First Draft”

The Writer Looks for Her Song

The highlight of the week was receiving  package of books that I had ordered on line, including my favourite poet, Maya Angelou! I am busy reading them now.  The Murphy book, Pearl Verses the World, was just lovely~ so looking forward to meeting Sally on the 26th of August and asking her to sign it.Continue reading “The Writer Looks for Her Song”