According to adults, teenagers are digital natives. Often depicted as a generation glued to their smart phones, snapchatting their selfies, stuck to their Facebook walls with their memes, and their lolcats, and their blatant disregard for spelling and grammar…
But what do young adults really think about the online environment?
As ever, we’re keen to provide a space where the voices and views of young people can be heard, and we’re very proud to be working with the Digital Writers’ Festival to deliver that in an exciting, new way.
Inside a Blog: the teen perspective will be a live-streamed panel celebrating young adult voices, as part of the entirely-online Digital Writers’ Festival. You can take part from anywhere in the world (with a decent internet connection).
Inside a Blog goes live at 11am AEDT on Saturday, 22 February at digitalwritersfestival.com, and features three teenagers who have written blog posts for InsideaDog.com.au in conversation with YA author Myke Bartlett. You can also ask the panellists your own questions, by joining the discussion on Twitter (#DWF14).
If you’re not free at the event time, you can always catch-up later with the recorded version.
Teens and adults alike may also be interested in the Festival’s writing showcase, Mapping the Words. Until 24 February you can submit your entry on where you write, and what about that place inspires you. Bonus incentive: if you live outside of Melbourne, you could win tickets to and accommodation for the Emerging Writers’ Festival (May 27 – June 6 2014). Please see their website for more details.
About the Digital Writers’ Festival (13 – 24 February)
With 30 events across twelve days, all of them live-streamed online, free of charge, the Digital Writers’ Festival is definitely an ‘online carnival’. It aims to explore and celebrate how digital spaces are changing the world of writing, and to connect readers and writers from around Australia and across the world. Join the conversation at #DWF14.
The Festival is presented by the Emerging Writers’ Festival, and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.