23 August, 2008

creative writing workshop

Today, 9:30-11:00am. Free. First floor, City Library. For young people aged 8-15. Sponsored by Zonta. Included launch of TEN zine. Morning tea kindly provided by the Annes. Stories with zing!

Seventeen young people filled the room with treasure today, using words with zing as they played in the writing gameshow. I had far too many activities planned for a 90 minute session, but we got through Open this way, What a character, Street Poet and a bit of wordplay and talked about entering competitions and sharing their work with family and friends. I launched my TEN zine there, with a free copy for each hard-working writer as well as a goodies bag with a few bits and pieces as well as pens (sorry about the pens, guys - we found out they're rubbish. If I'd got you all my favourite pen, the Pentel metal tip with liquid gel blue ink, then you'd have something to boast about).It was a heap of fun. Young writers came from all over the city, with many creative ideas and stories just waiting to be written and shared. The Annes have invited me back. I love them.And Cynthia Tait is cool too. It was her workshop I went to at QWC last year, Teaching writers to teach, that helped me plan a workshop.Gameshow players, and other young local writers will be invited to submit short stories, microfiction and poetry to me next year for a young writers' edition of the Jacaranda zine. Until then, keep those imaginations sparking, your senses sharp, your pens handy... y'know... keep writing, and look out for your photo in the paper next week. Love your work!

22 August, 2008

magnetic poetry

Link to these Magnetic Poetry sites to play, learn and create. An array of applications are possible for the school classroom and library.
Previously you were restricted to your own fridge!

Magnetic Poetry Snaith Primary School Magnet Poems

Magnetic Poetry (and the real thing in physical form for your non-virtual fridge)

Magnetic Poetry from Poetry4kids

Eric Harshbarger's Magnetic Poetry on James Roy's site.

Magnetic Poetry Shop. (2008). Chipboard words and stickers. Retrieved 22 August, 2008 from Magnetic Poetry website:

Magnetic Poetry Shop. (2008). Kids Stuff. Retrieved 22 August, 2008 from Magnetic Poetry website:

21 August, 2008

USQ - very 2.0

Digital Open Day USQ - very Library 2.0.

Firman, E. (2008). Library Services for Distance Students at USQ. Retrieved 21 August, 2008 from YouTube website:

08 August, 2008


The flowers TSB* in Brougham Street. The Perfection TSB in the City.
Go there and see.

* Traffic Signal Box

03 August, 2008

TEN zine

The first public Jacaranda zine (issue 2) is called TEN because it's a tip sheet for young writers with '10 creative sparks, 10 ways to share your work, 10 tips for getting published', etc. It includes black and white illustrations and images. Twenty pages, stapled. 10.5 x 15cm. It's done !!! and I'll launch it at my first writers' workshop later this month. What fun.After that you can buy it locally for $3.Order one or several through - remove (nospam) from the address.