The Writing Rehearsal

The other day, I spoke to a whole bunch of Grade 7/8. It was a big ask, keeping 13 and 14 year old’s amused for a full hour. Just before the talk, I had the random insight to show a video of David Mackintosh rehearsing...

On Being Adventurous

One of my earliest memories is waking at sunrise, and taking Sammy, our black Belgian shepherd, for a meander. The sun glowed behind us and through my thin cotton nighty, as I walked down our long gravel driveway, towards the highway. I’m not sure exactly what...

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A million ways to write a novel

There’s a hashtag happening online this month, #writeabookwithal. Australian children’s author and all round excellent person, Allison Tait is helping people meet their writing goals and push through the pain barrier to push out a novel (or part of) in a month. Last month, I sort...

Story Tipi at the Byron Writers Festival

One of the best writers festivals in the country is about to set up in Byron Bay. If you've been before, you might already know about Kids Big Day Out on Sunday 6 August. Kids Big Day Out isĀ an amazing opportunity for kids to meet some...

How To Be Archie For Book Week

Book Week is just around the corner, on the 18-25 August. Every year, I look forward to seeing the incredible costumes in my newsfeed - Where's Wally, Harry Potter, Pippi Longstocking...

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Never ever give up

I went to a children's book conference last week, CYA in Brisbane. FYI I completely recommend attending conferences like CYA, KidLitVic or SCBWI if you are an aspiring writer, or an emerging writer. You spend a day hanging out with people in your field. Making...

Creating Unique and Memorable Characters

I have just finished reading the fifth Kate DiCamillo book I have on my shelf. Each one of her books is more satisfying than the last. Kate weaves such original, compelling stories. But I have been thinking to myself, why do I love these books so...