Writing up a storm in Ubud

Michelle Morgan - Monday, October 30, 2017

I recently spent eight fabulous days in Ubud, Bali, immersed in playwriting, listening to other authors and experiencing the rich local culture.

I attended a five-day intensive Playwrights' Retreat with talented and multi-award winning playwrights, Tanika Gupta and Lachlan Philpott. The daily workshops included a variety of writing and drama exercises, discussion of play scenes and critical feedback from the playwrights and the other three participants (Di, Sunara and Tee) about the plays we are working on.

It was also a privilege to go to the first day of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017, with inspiring talks by national treasures, Nh. Dini and Marina Mahathir; exploration of incredible journeys with Paula Constant, Per Andersson and Rob Henry; hilarious discussion of the pleasures of leisure with Robert Dessaix; and powerful performances by storytellers, Arielle Cottingham, Sholeh Wolpe and Brigitte Schar. I also gave a copy of Flying through Clouds to Rissa, a visiting writer and teacher from a village outside Jakarta.

I managed to squeeze in some sightseeing at the World Heritage Rice Terraces and Water Temple (Tirtha Empul) and spent hours browsing through the amazing artworks at Neka Art Museum and Puri Lukisan Museum. I stayed at the lovely Kajane Mua Villas and enjoyed delicious local dishes at several cafes and restaurants in Ubud. A sensational working holiday!


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SCBWI Bookstop 16 Oct to 30 Nov 2017

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Explore new books for kids and teens in the SCBWI Bookstop promotion from 16 Oct to 30 Nov 2017.

You can browse hundreds of books published in 2017 by traditional and independent publishers from all over the world, with links to buy online.

This is the Bookstop link for my new teen novel, Flying through Clouds:

Browse, buy, enjoy!


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Michelle Morgan - Friday, October 13, 2017

The Amazon Giveaway for Flying through Clouds has finished with 697 entrants to win copies of my new novel.

Congratulations to the eight US winners, your copies of Flying through Clouds are in the mail.


Many thanks to all the entrants, and good luck with future giveaways.

I hope you enjoy Flying through Clouds!

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FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Michelle Morgan - Monday, October 09, 2017

My new novel, Flying through Clouds, will be showcased at the Frankfurt Book Fair 11 to 15 October 2017 by Combined Book Exhibit.

I wish I could be there!

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Flying through Clouds Giveaway on Amazon

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, October 03, 2017

To celebrate the release of Flying through Clouds on Amazon in July, I'm having an Amazon Giveaway for US readers only.

If you live in the US and would like to enter the Giveaway for a chance to win one of eight copies of Flying through Clouds, please click on the following link:

The Flying through Clouds Giveaway closes on 9 October 2017.

Good luck!

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FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is on its way to Goodreads Giveaway winners

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, September 07, 2017

The Goodreads Giveaway for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS has finished with 164 entrants to win signed copies of my latest novel.

Congratulations to the eight Australian winners, your signed copies of Flying through Clouds are in the mail.

Many thanks to all the entrants, and good luck with future giveaways.

I hope you enjoy Flying through Clouds!


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Help support Indigenous Literacy

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day and support Indigenous literacy in Australia, I'll be donating 50% of my website and event sales of Flying through Clouds from 6 to 14 September to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. 

At 12 noon today, as part of Australian Reading Hour, I'll be chatting to TAFE and university students at Moss Vale Campus Library about the process of writing Flying through Clouds.


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Upcoming literary events

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

On Thursday 24 August as part of Children's Book Week 2017, I'll be presenting to Year 5 and 6 students at St Paul's Primary School, Moss Vale: How history inspired me to write my latest novel, Flying through Clouds.

On Wednesday 6 September at 12 noon, as part of Australian Reading Hour, I'll be chatting to TAFE and university students at Moss Vale Campus Library about the process of writing Flying through Clouds.

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Goodreads Giveaway for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Friday, August 18, 2017

To celebrate CBCA Children’s Book Week 2017, there will be a Goodreads Book Giveaway of my new vintage YA novel, FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Flying Through Clouds by Michelle  Morgan

Flying Through Clouds

by Michelle Morgan

Giveaway ends September 04, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

For a chance to win one of eight signed copies, enter the Book Giveaway on Goodreads anytime from Monday 21 August to Monday 4 September. Good luck!

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CBCA ISC Children's Literary Lunch 2017

Michelle Morgan - Monday, August 14, 2017

It was another fun Children's Literary Lunch at the Fraternity Club in Wollongong last Wednesday. This annual  event is organised by the Children's Book Council of Australia Illawarra-South Coast Sub-branch. 

I joined 15 other authors and illustrators, and an audience of nearly 200 students and teacher-librarians for a fantastic day filled with stories, books and drawing. I had the privilege of being the guest author at a table of students and their teacher-librarian from Port Kembla Public School.

The morning program consisted of three minute pitches from the authors and illustrators. I donned a woollen scarf and 1930s flying goggles to deliver my pitch about my new novel, Flying through Clouds. After lunch, we were entertained by Adam Murphy with his sketching techniques and stories from his time working on films such as The Lion King, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

Thanks CBCA ISC for a great day!


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