Writers Toolkit – Regional Tour

regional_toursThroughout Book Week 2011 I had the honour of accompanying Elizabeth Honey (The Boy in Berlin, That’s Not a Daffodil) and Melina Marchetta (Froi of the Exiles, Looking for Alibrandi) as we drove our way across regional Victoria.

Imagine sitting in a car for numerous hours with two amazingly gifted and multi-award winning authors. The conversation flew over many different topics from film script writing to writing inspiration to process. I was in heaven.

The Centre for Youth Literature collaborated with Arts 2 Go to bring these two authors, and a local author, into many regional schools over Book Week. Melina took the students through her many international covers, her approach to dialogue and adapting her prologue (from On the Jellicoe Road) to a film script. Liz used the fantastic local models for a watercolour workshop. Students would be walked through the importance of a powerful pose, the use of light and then let loose. The results were remarkable as can be seen below.

The great feature of the tour was the use of local artists on every stop of the tour. Each day Melina and Liz were joined by a different author. Over the five schools we were joined by:

  • Tim Pegler (YA author, Five Parts Dead)
  • John Romeril (playwright, Miss Tanaka)
  • Christie Niesen (playwright, Call Me Komachi)
  • Lorraine Marwood (author/poet, Star Jumps)

The authors and I had a fabulous time visiting each of the schools from the outer suburbs (Manor Lakes p-12) and out into more country areas (Wedderburn College, Managatang P-12, Murrayville P-12 and Ouyen p-12).  The students and staff were so welcoming and asked some great questions, created beautiful pieces of art, prose and poetry.  Also, a big thank you to all the local personalities that contributed their time to act as models for the students.  We had maintenance men, grandmothers, librarians and ex-teachers all sit still for remarkable lengths of time.

I blogged on insideadog throughout the week so you can hear what happened from day to day on the tour.  The authors would change their presentations up every day so there was always something new being revealed.  You can read all the posts and see the work produced in each school.






You can see more of the work produced via the Centre for Youth Literature facebook page.

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