Springfield writing retreat

Dear blog readers, It’s been a while! I intended to take a three-week blogging break after Christmas. Then four of the five of us came down with the flu, then I caught up on my missed editing work, and then I went away for a week. So it’s been a while. I want to tell… Continue reading Springfield writing retreat


Each week always starts off fresh with five days of possibility before the weekend, and then all of a sudden, it’s Friday and some of the possibilities haven’t quite eventuated! Brene Brown, author, research professor and Ted talk speaker, sends out a weekly email entitled TGIF. But the TGIF stands for Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration and… Continue reading TGIF

Different ways of thinking

There are so many different types of creativity and different ways to harness it. There’s also different ways to be logical and methodical and as many permutations as there are people for combining creativity and practicality. I am a blend of inspirational and practical thinking – I do love to be organised because it means… Continue reading Different ways of thinking

September holidays writing workshops for kids

Photo credit: Mandy Couzens Do you have any imaginative and creative children or grandchildren who would like to spend a few hours in the holidays writing a story? I’m running four writing workshops for kids in the September/October school holidays. I’ve presented these workshops in primary schools but this is the first time I’ve run… Continue reading September holidays writing workshops for kids

KidLitVic opportunities

There’s something about the way we measure ourselves from one year to the next by going to the same place at the same time of year. I’ve only been to two KidLitVic conferences – this year and last year – but it’s enough to make me reflect on what has changed in the twelve months… Continue reading KidLitVic opportunities

The Grand Imaginarium writing workshops for kids

On the loveliest of spring days these school holidays, my friend Renee and I took our kids to the Abbotsford Convent for a writing workshop with Lucinda Gifford, run through the Grand Imaginarium. Lucinda is an illustrator and writer. She showed the kids her sketchbook – it was amazing. If I could choose an instant… Continue reading The Grand Imaginarium writing workshops for kids

Guest lecture on writing and blogging

I had the pleasure of presenting a university guest lecture this week for third-year teaching students. My topic was writing and blogging, with a focus on writing workshops for primary school students. As I caught the tram to the university, it reminded me of my own uni days – a long time ago! I spent… Continue reading Guest lecture on writing and blogging

Faber and Faber workshop – revise, revise, revise

  Writers can make the worst audience. We’re observant – we notice the over-expansive gestures, the nervous hand movements, the change in voice timbre, the long look at notes, the unusually long silence between points, the nod of approval when someone asks an intelligent question, the red flush up the neck if the technology doesn’t… Continue reading Faber and Faber workshop – revise, revise, revise