Great new opportunity for writers to get their work out there! SCBWI is about to begin launch parties for authors which will raise their profile and get more people to find out about their work. As it is a new service, they are allowing all works published in 2015 to be included in their first party in December this year. That launch site will stay current until the next round begins in April, 2016. A great opportunity not to be missed.
I had great fun this morning designing my launch party page for May Day Mine using my chosen template and filling in the details including pictures and links. There is even an opportunity for a free ebook for one lucky guest to the site’s guest book.
I have just finished re-reading When Jays Fly to Barbmo by Margaret Balderson. This is a book I have treasured since my young teenage years. It was the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year in 1969. I have her signature in the front of the book and an aged newspaper article about the author tucked inside. Interesting to note the archaic newspaper language, calling the author an ‘authoress’ and referring to her as Miss Margaret Balderson. How times and language have changed since then. But the content of the book is ageless and I encourage you to read it. It is an intriguing story set in the north of Norway during the German occupation and the main character is the teenage Ingeborg, descended from both Lapp and Norwegian cultures. The book gives you a deep impression of such a remote place and a sense of history too. Well worth chasing up in your local library. It makes me want to hunt down all the winners of the CBCA awards from over the years, as the CBCA celebrates its 70 year history.
The dialogue workshop for the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre at the Moonah Arts Centre which I delivered with Julie Hunt was a great success. A couple of the exercises we got the participants to do proved really worthwhile. One of them was to get the writers to hear the voice of their main character, and in pairs they had to write a conversation between their two characters about how the book was progressing and whether or not they were happy with their portrayal by the author. This resulted in some really interesting dialogues, and you could hear the individual voices of the characters really strongly.
Another exercise that proved popular was in groups of 4 to decide on the 5 main purposes of dialogue. They wrote each purpose on a separate post-it note and then the first group stuck their post-its up on the white board. The other groups had to place their post-it notes next to the others, according to the prescribed categories. If a category didn’t exist, they could start a new one. This provided much hilarity. We then checked them off against our Power Point list of purposes of dialogue that we had gleaned from our research for the workshop.
We hope the participants enjoyed themselves as much as we did.