I am in the teaching seat this summer holidays, taking a two day weekend workshop on writing for children as part of the University of Auckland's Centre for Continuing Education Summer Programme. There are still spaces available and you can check it out here. To be held at the lovely Epsom campus, it will be a fun weekend of juicy writing secrets, tips and the chance to weed and iron out those pesky writing problems you might be having.
Thanks to the wonderful Graham Beattie who reviewed my new book The Half Life of Ryan Davis on his blog. "YA psychological drama thriller writing at its best......." Crikey - I wrote that book :). And I just want to share this juicy link because I think this is very smart. Janet Reid talks about the mistaken assumption of stupidity when someone does not 'get' what you are saying. This is not just for writers but for everyone, everywhere.
I visited the primary school at which a fellow writer, Phillip Simpson, teaches last week to read to his year 3-4 class. I put up a signed copy of The Were-Nana as the prize for a writing challenge I gave them. Here is the winning entry by Eva Colthart. Well done Eva...I have chills running down my spine...
By Eva Colthart
Once a little girl was going to do trick or treating. There was a house near the grave yard. She trick or treated there. She knocked on the door and an old man came out. She screamed and ran away as fast as she could. Then BANG!! Something came from the old man’s house. She went back to her house and ran into her bedroom and told her dad everything . He didn’t believe her. A minute later the lights went out and her dad lit a candle. Then the lights flashed and there was a spooky noise it sounded like a howl. She thought that it was a were-wolf but when she went back to the house of the old man it was him. He was turning into a were-wolf!!! She was scared she ran and told her dad, he still didn’t believe her. She took her dad to the old man’s house. Then they went into the old man’s house. He was dead on the floor. Aaaaaarrrrrraarrr!!!! She screamed. They both ran back to their house and the lights were still off. Her dad lit another candle. Then a zombie came through the wall!!!!! And on that day they both died.