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Happy 1st birthday FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, April 05, 2018

I can't believe it's a year since this baby was launched!

It has been a hectic twelve months with a book tour, blog tour, interviews, articles and reviews. To be the winner of the Spark Award (Older Readers) 2017 is the icing on the cake.

Happy 1st birthday FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS!

 

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Enjoy the Easter Holidays

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, April 05, 2018

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Author talk video at Berkelouw Book Barn

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I recently had the privilege of taking part in the Author Talks video project of the Tom Keneally Centre and Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Library. While enjoying the peaceful ambience at Berkelouw Book Barn Bookshop & Café, I chatted about my novels for a five minute video that is now available on YouTube:

 

SMSA short videos for more than 50 Australian authors can now be viewed on YouTube.

Many thanks to the SMSA Library and the Tom Keneally Centre for this wonderful opportunity!

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More reviews of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, March 08, 2018

It's exciting to discover new reviews of Flying through Clouds. Here are some quotes from recent reviews:

“Flying through Clouds is a compelling mix of humour and drama, with a resilient and likeable protagonist. This book is full of many interesting writing prompts and would be an asset for wide reading. It could be a useful text for cross- curricular study too.”  (mETAphor, Issue 1, 2018)

“This story is so well written and easy to follow, I would recommend this to fans of YA and is suitable for readers 12 years and up… A book that brought me happy tears, this is one of my 2017 favourites.”  (Read3r’z Re-Vu, 1 November 2017)

“Michelle Morgan creates realistic scenes, which gives her readers a window into the 1930s, where tuberculosis was rampant, planes had propellers and a few hours in the air might allow you to get your pilot license.”  (Kids’ Book Review, 27 August 2017)

 

 

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Winner of the 2017 SCBWI Spark Award for Older Readers - Michelle Morgan for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

So excited to be the SCBWI Spark Award 2017 winner in the Older Readers category for Flying through Clouds.

The SCBWI Spark Award recognizes excellence in children’s books published through an independent or non-traditional route.

 

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Author Talks & Writing Workshops

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

In between writing projects, I'm available for Author Talks and Writing Workshops.

Author Talks - Writing historical fiction for teens – inspiration, research and writing process - accompanied by Powerpoint presentation of historical photos and one or two readings.

Writing Workshops – how to develop story, characters, setting, turning points etc
Editing Workshops - review of story, characters, setting etc and line editing
Writing exercises are included in both workshops with positive feedback to students

My Author Talks are suitable for ages 10+ and the Workshops are suitable for Years 6 to 9, but can be adapted for higher grades and adults. As well as being a published author, I have Secondary English teaching qualifications and have had considerable experience giving author talks and running writing workshops in schools, public libraries, bookshops and other venues.

Please email me at info@michellejmorgan.com.au for more details.


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Happy Christmas and New Year

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, December 24, 2017

Wishing all my readers a happy Christmas and a wonderful 2018!

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Flying through Clouds eBook free for 8 days

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Flying through Clouds eBook will be free on Smashwords for eight days from 25 December 2017 to 1 January 2018.

You'll be able to download the entire eBook in ePub or mobi (kindle) free of charge during this period.

Happy reading! 

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Book ideas for Christmas

Michelle Morgan - Monday, December 18, 2017

Flying through Clouds and Racing the Moon make great gifts for teen readers and for the young at heart.

Buy them online or from your favourite bookshop. You can also order them on my website.

Enjoy!

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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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