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An Opportunity for Teen Writers

Just popping in to share an amazing writing opportunity for teenage writers that’s happening in 2021.

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Writers Victoria and Melbourne Young Writers Studio are collaborating to bring writers between the ages of 14 and 18 a two-day writing workshop. It sounds like an amazing opportunity to meet other young writers and hone your writing skills – definitely something I would have loved to do when I was a teenager.

Fine all the details here and be sure to share with all the young writers you know.

I’m hoping to be back on board soon, but in the meantime continue to take care of yourself and your families, be patient and kind and keep safe.

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Last weekend I had the immense pleasure of attending the first KidLitVic writers’ conference. It was incredible! I have never been to a writers’ conference before and it exceeded all my expectations. For the first time I referred to myself as a ‘writer’ in public. The audacity of it! To actually say to someone that I am a writer!

It was wonderful to meet so many like minded people, all striving for the same thing, in such an encouraging atmosphere. I felt like I really belonged and that I was part of a ‘tribe’. I’m hoping to keep in touch with some of these people and I’m so excited to see how their writing journeys continue.

I feel that my journey has taken a real step forward. I had a meeting with Marisa Pintado for Hardie Grant Egmont and she liked the initial pages of my book and asked to see more. To. See. More. Of my work! Can you believe that. I know it’s just a first step and that she might not be interested in the completed novel but…Oh my God! It really encourages me to keep on going. This isn’t the end of the journey, it’s not even the middle, but it’s a real step in the right direction.

If you’re a writer (confirmed or otherwise) and you have the opportunity to attend a writers conference then I highly recommend it. I had the most wonderful time and I’m sure you will too.