The SCBWI Spark Award recognizes excellence in children’s books published through an independent or non-traditional route.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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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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: https://www.scbwi.org/scbwibookstop-display/?id=473302
Browse, buy, enjoy!
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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.
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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.
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