8 March 2016 | Writing, Writing Notes

Kate Forsyth – plotting a novel

My current definition of intense – spending a day with Kate Forsyth while she teaches the finer points of plotting a novel. I flew to Sydney (blue skies, warm weather, gorgeous friends) for the weekend to do a writing course at the Australian Writers’ Centre. Kate was equal parts inspiration and practicality – I finished…

Writing workshops – Danielle Wood

I went to two fabulous workshops through Writers Victoria with Danielle Wood last weekend. Danielle is a Tasmanian writer – she has written a couple of collections of short stories for adults  – Mothers Grimm and Rosie Little’s cautionary tales for girls – as well as an adult novel, The alphabet of light and dark…

11 September 2015 | Writing, Writing Notes

Ten-year-old writers

I spent some time last week with a ten-year-old friend who is a writer. She was generous enough to share some of her favourite books with me and brave enough to leave three of her writing notebooks for me to read. Her notebooks reminded me of my ten-year-old self – and myself now. So many…

31 August 2015 | Writing, Writing Notes

August writing

I thought I would hold myself accountable and put together a writing post at the end of each month. This month I have: Rewritten two short stories for adults (retelling fairy tales) and sent them into two short story competitions – fingers crossed! Attended three events at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival: Creativity and motherhood with…