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25 Aug 2006 Schools Day Program, ACT

On Friday 25 August 2006 the ACT Writers Centre will present the inaugural Schools Day program for budding young readers and writers in the Canberra region.

As part of the fourth Canberra Readers and Writers Festival, the Schools Day program, hosted by the National Library of Australia, is an outstanding one-day line-up of panel sessions, conversations and writing workshops, designed to allow high school students to uncover the secrets and successes of some of Australia’s most prominent authors of young adult literature, whilst exploring their own literary dreams.

Free sessions include: Why I Write where authors reveal their stories and share their writing secrets; Myth vs Reality where authors investigate combining fact and fiction and the fine line between truth and tales; Escape – Running Away from Home sees authors explain how they found their own writing space—physically and mentally; in Cultural Landscapes authors examine how they create new worlds and think in someone else’s shoes; and in Chris and Jack’s Excellent Adventures be enthralled with the authors stories from adventure to imagination.

In the workshops: Write Like A Wild Thing will challenge the creative beast within, with timed writing and crazy thinking exercises; So You Want to Be a Writer? will unlock the world of writing and publishing and unearth what opportunities really exist; and the Editing Masterclass will expose the editing process and how editing makes writing more compelling. All workshops attract a small charge.

Trudi Canavan will also be on hand to launch Kered’s Crown by Kaaren Sutcliffe, the final book in her trilogy, in the foyer at lunch time.

All sessions and workshops require advance booking as spaces are limited. Schools Day can accommodate individual and school bookings.

Featured Schools Day authors and speakers include: Di Bates, Hazel Edwards, Jackie French, Scot Gardner, Chris Hatherly, Jack Heath, Prue Mason, Maureen McCarthy, K J Taylor and Prof Belle Alderman.

The Canberra Readers and Writers Festival will be held from 25-27 August 2006, with international, national and local authors in conversation and reading their work on the theme of Deserts and desertion: landscape and escape.

Venue: National Library of Australia
Contact: To download the program go to
E-mail: [email protected]

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