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Perth Writers Week-February 2018

Perth Writers Week 2018 is happening from 19th-25th February. It’s a challenge choosing from a jam-packed program! Here are some sessions that have caught my attention from the amazing selection. Saturday 24th February Louise Allan talking about her debut novel, The Sisters’ Song at 9.30am Vasalisa the Wise and other Brave Young Women with author Kate Forsyth and illustrator Lorena Carrington at 10.30am The Water Bearer with Tracy Ryan at 1.00pm Poetry Land with Renee Schipp-Pettit and others at 4.00pm

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Readers in Their Element

The first ‘reader in their element’ is the owner of this blog! I grew up in Western Australia’s central wheat-belt, several miles from the nearest source of any reading material. Over the years that changed dramatically and I’ve not only read quite a range of literature, I’m also a writer currently head down in my first contemporary fiction novel. Add in poetry and family history and the reading-writing circle is complete. Now living in Perth’s Darling Ranges you will find

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Why I’m afraid of cows…

Cows mooed! Bulls charged! I cried! True! I explore a child-hood fear in my mini ‘moo-moir’. I was taking lunch to my Dad who was shearing sheep in the shed. That meant I had to walk between two large yards – one that held the bull and one that held the cows. When the bull snorted and charged the fence, stomping its hooves I walked closer to the cow yard. The track I was on was wide enough for farm

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5 Tips from Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’

My latest read, Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, is the best book I’ve ever read on how to go about creative writing. His raw honesty is compelling. As an aside, years ago my daughter, aged 15 at the time, crawled into my bed between my husband and myself. It was uncomfortable and I got little sleep that night. In the morning her admission was having read a Stephen King novel that scared her! I’ve not read a single novel of

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Local talent

When I decided to go to a local convention I had to make some tough choices, the lineup of local talent was so darn good! Starting the day with how to overcome obstacles with writing, author, Annabel Smith led us through a comprehensive range of strategies that happily proved I was on the right track. Her delightful sense of humour had the large group laughing together at common pitfalls and smiling at suggestions like: Timetable your day – not for

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Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence. Whose first ‘aha’ is Simon and Garfunkel? If so, perhaps, like me, you are giving away your age! This last month or two I’ve listened to lots of different sounds of silence. It’s been a pretty bleak, wet spell in what we usually refer to as ‘hot, sunny Perth.’ To abate the morning’s chill, my favourite sound is the hissing and spitting logs in our pot belly stove while I type away. I wrap myself in the accompanying

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Growing up is optional…

I am in the process of ‘looking back’ – a fun thing to do! This time it’s to my childhood books, after all, growing up is optional! What did you read as a child – when you were growing up? Some of my early favourites got a peek in My Reading and Writing Life. This time I take a take a step or two a few years down the track to when I was reading children’s books as an adult. Why

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Writing the Dream – 24 inspiring stories

Writing comes easy – said no one ever! So what works for you? Writing the Dream,  a Serenity Press Anthology is an inspiring collection of 24 authors One dream 24 inspiring stories and 120 writing tips Words of encouragement from one of the contributors who signed my edition at the launch. Here are 5 random tips, some from the 120 – Write every day Join a writing community Take risks Try different genres Read widely I enjoyed reading 24 wonderful

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Voice – Dealbreaker – 6 points

VOICE, the Dealbreaker Voice is tricky. And it’s been confusing for me. But, it is actually quite simple, at least to understand. Just not so easy to write effectively. Voice is speaking when you actually talk. Voice is the words on the page when you write. How well or poorly or distinctively you speak can be likened to how well or poorly or distinctively you write. As one acquires spoken language over time then engages according to what and how

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