Writers On Writing / Wizards, dragons, bears and chooks with Lisa Shanahan
Where do captivating ideas for children’s books really come from? How do you make a picture book text work? What does it truly take to write a middle-grade novel that lingers and lasts?
Ahead of Lisa’s course at Writing NSW—Wizards, Dragons, Bears and Chooks: The Joy of Writing for Children—we had a chat with her about writing for kids.
Writers On Writing / Vanessa Berry on capturing a sense of place in writing
‘When I write about a place, I make sure to observe it as closely as possible: spending time there, observing, talking to people, taking notice of the environment visually and sonically, considering its topography, and generally paying deep attention to it. This gives me clues for what I can research further, in archives, to build a portrait of a place through time.’
Writers On Writing / Pamela Cook on how to write page-turning novels
Pamela Cook is a city girl with a country lifestyle and too many horses. Her rural fiction novels feature feisty women, tangled family relationships and a healthy dose of romance. She has published four novels and has taught writing workshops around Australia. What role does tension play across your novels? Many people think tension is […]
Writers On Writing / Five Really Common Writing Errors By Tony Spencer-Smith
Some errors just keep popping up over and over again. Here are five of the most common: Errors of fact Our ability to get things wrong is considerable. When I was editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest magazine, we had researchers who checked everything. They came up with numerous elementary errors made by top journalists – from […]