Our student reviewer is back! This week, with an account of some of the fun she experienced at the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival.
As soon as we entered the first part of the trip, the 20 girls from years seven and eight knew the trip would be a lot of fun. And we were not disappointed, as the first session was a head to head battle between zombies and unicorns. Of course, unicorns won, but the debate between Margo Lanagan and Justine Larbalestier was very funny, and we gained an interesting insight into the lives of both zombies and unicorns.
Next we heard from some award winning authors, and we heard about their journeys as writers and novelists. Myke Bartlett, Leanne Hall and Melissa Keil shared with us some of the trials and tribulations of trying to get a book published, and even just writing a finished book. It was very useful to hear from people who had gone through the experience before, for any aspiring writers.
The final session taught us about inserting feeling into a story, and that unhappy characters make the best stories. James Roy showed us that many words does not necessarily make a story good, and that he could show us how short a story could be. His example was “For sale. Newborn shoes. Never worn.” From this example he showed us that no matter how long your story is, if it does not have emotion and a problem, the reader will not connect with it. After these three amazing workshops we were lucky enough to hear the final of the ‘Out Loud’ poetry competition. Overall this was an excellent experience and the girls would like to thank Mrs Shortal and Ms Murray for making it possible.
Stay tuned! Our student reviewer has more book reviews coming your way!