An Aussie view of SCBWI British Isles Annual Conference, Winchester

 Wouldn’t you like to visit an overseas’ SCBWI CONFERENCE? I sure would! SCBWI Queensland member from far north Queensland, Celia Berrell, a prolific poetry science writer for children. Celia took herself off to Winchester in the UK last November. Here’s her feedback…  Taking Linda E Marshall’s advice from “Planning A Trip?  Think SCBWI” (July/August 2014), I booked into UK’s…

My Essentials for Being an Author

When I run writing classes, people often ask for hints on how to become better writers (and so do children – thankfully, for a future of great stories still to come!) These are the essentials I pass on….. Have an active imagination. Always ask, WHAT IF? Be an acute observer of people, nature, places and…

To ADVERB or NOT? That is the question.

Have you ever succumbed to the temptation of not trusting verbs to do their job? Like if your hero ‘walked slowly down the road‘ when he could’ve trudged, ambled, plodded, tramped, staggered, crawled … you get the picture? Maybe you’ve become a bit of a writer-ly ‘adverb-Nazi’? Scouring your manuscripts of those haughty, naughty adverbs? …

Finding your story … easier said than done

Some people are much more comfortable writing first drafts, rushing along like a fully-laden diesel train, without  stopping until the end to check the load. Me, I’m like that little old red, steam engine that could … you know the one, I think I can, I think I can…. ad nuaseum … chugging along, steadily,…

I’m in heaven … the writerly kind

I’ve settled well in my Fellowship Creative Time Residency in the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust‘s gorgeous apartment in Norwood. It’s cosy, roomy and well set up for their chosen Fellows. I’m here to finish the ‘first’ draft of my current work-in-process, VIVALDI’S ANGEL. It’s progressing well, thankfully! How lucky am I to be able…

WHAT A DELIGHT! ‘The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate’

I could be sticking out my neck here … maybe novels for young people like this one are written in Australia and I just haven’t read them yet … BUT, why, oh why don’t we see children’s novels like ‘The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate‘ being published here as well, like the United States do so well? Written by SCBWI Austin…

OBSESSION KNOW THY NAME … Flash Fiction

Capturing perfect words and essential moments in short stories appear effortless in the work of authors like Cate Kennedy, Nam Le, David Malouf, Juliet Marillier and Roald Dahl, but of course, it’s not – the shorter the story, the harder you must strive to make it work. Therefore, writing a perfect short-short story in even…