You’re invited to a book launch! #TowardsWhite @IFWGAustralia

Dear supporter of all things bookish and speculative, I’m thrilled to invite you to the book launches of my solo debut Towards White – one in Canberra and one in Sydney. I’d love to see some friendly faces there, so please consider joining me, and my publisher IFWG Australia, for …

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10 Tips: How To Get Kids Writing… In Their Spare Time!

These school holidays I got booked in to teach 10 creative writing classes to young writers aged from 5 to 18 years old, at a plethora of Northern Beaches Council libraries and at Mosman Community College, where I usually teach adults. The classes ranged from 1½ hours to full day …

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The Write Stuff to Help Kids!

Children – they’re precious, innovative, exciting, cute and annoying all at the same time. I’m so grateful to be a parent (though I do complain *sometimes*), and cherish having a career that enables me to work from home – so I get to be there when my kids get home …

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Learning, Teaching, Writing, Including

They say you never stop learning and, whoever ‘they’ are, I hope they’re right. I love studying, extending my understanding of the world and those in it. So when the opportunity came along last month to apply for a scholarship for a five-week ‘Writing Inclusive Fiction’ course, I jumped at …

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Which Stories Would You Read? #OpeningLines

Stephen King (horror writer extraordinaire) says that a story’s opening lines should “invite the reader to begin the story”. “It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” Of course what one person wants to know differs tremendously from what another person wants to know. So …

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Touchstone: a continual source of writing inspiration

Today I’m over on Leife Shallcross’s blog talking about my writing touchstone – the one thing that has inspired and will always inspire me to write. I reveal how I first found that source of inspiration and where, why the experience resonated so strongly with me, how my touchstone reflects …

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Setting Stories Free! #WritingTips

February in Australia means the start of a new school year, and new opportunities to learn. For me it also means new opportunities to teach! Here are some of the courses I’m teaching this term: The Year Your Book Gets Written Creative Writing Essentials Story Structure Introduction to Creative Writing …

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