In a recent blog post, writer and illustrator Katherine Battersby described inspiration as “a certain kind of overwhelming feeling – often when looking at something inspiring someone has created. It’s like a bigness within me.”

I know exactly what she means. It’s a feeling I’ve been getting all week when I look at the amazing characters and stories created by kids at my Heroes and Villains workshops.

It’s an indescribable feeling of admiration for their creativity, innovativeness and the enthusiasm for their writing and the stories they are creating. It’s a feeling of privilege that they are letting me into their creative world, and asking me to help them find their way.

Today’s “Heroes” and “Villains” certainly got into character when acting out the scenarios I had created to identify what characteristics make up a hero and what is it that makes someone a villain?

I’m happy to report that my walk to the State Library was inspirational again this morning and I now know how one of my characters is going to meet their ‘sticky’ end.

My MC is also making her presence very strongly felt so I can feel a big writing week coming on once my workshops are finished. Although I’ll be sad for them to be over, my MC won’t be. She is becoming very impatient to have  her story told:-)

Planning on immersing myself in plot and character interviews this afternoon.

Happy writing.



In August this year, I started working with a group of very enthusiastic Year 6 to 8 Victorian students, all keen to hone their writing skills.

We talked setting, we talked story ideas – we talked about everything writerly. We used butcher’s paper to build a story from scratch – brainstormed ideas then arranged them into a logical sequence. We talked about how character inspires plot, and we explored the plot arc – reached for the high point in the story where all the action culminates in something gripping for the reader.

What a wonderful experience it was for me to work with such inspiring young writers. Each and every student had their own writing style – each had an obvious talent for writing.

At the end of the seven 1 1/2 hour sessions, we had produced an anthology, Our World & Beyond, which all the students could be proud of. Stories ranged from around 3,000 to 5,000 words and students spent a great deal of time writing and editing between our sessions.

Of course the odd vampire made its way into the book – and yes there was romance – and plenty of action. But every story featured well developed characters, original story lines and great writing.

It was so much fun for me to work on this project and witness such persistence, and the dedication of young writers to their craft.

Clearly, there is plenty of young Australian writing talent just waiting for the opportunity to emerge.


Tips for young writers can be found at my blog


Our writer’s group has embarked on an exciting new project. We’ve received funding from our local shire to put together a book of community writings on the theme of ‘Moving On’.

So far, we’ve had heaps of fabulous short stories and poems submitted on a fantastic range of topics including growing old, surviving a bush fire, marriage breakdowns, cancer, travelling on trains, surviving accidents, living with autism, mental illness, physical illness, loss of a family member, abuse and even the supernatural.

It’s so exciting to be working with talented writers who have never published before, and members of our local community who simply have a great story to tell.

Next job – to select what goes in our book. We’re trying to include as many works as possible. That’s going to be a tough one.

Will keep you posted on where to from here.