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June 7, 2011

Season of Inspiration Online Writing Course

What could be more comfy and fun than staying inside on a cold winter day or night and logging on to a stimulating and interactive writing course?

A nine week fully online course that is not a lonely self-study course but a lively forum for debate and developing your current project or starting a new one.

 The course provides writing tuition, journal prompts, stimulating activities, live chats and regular feedback from tutors and peers. An active busy forum ensures plenty of interaction between our writers. Each writer is given a private space for their writing journal. Writers join us from around the globe.

 When the course is completed, our writers are invited to join the Season of Inspiration alumni, at no further cost, to keep in touch and let us all know their achievements as well as when they need some extra encouragement and support.

Sharon Rundle and Helen Whitehead are pleased to confirm that the next Season of Inspiration Online Writing course will start in June 2011 with our trademark supportive, friendly, online writing community and all-new inspiration!

http://seasonofinspiration.eventbrite.com/

This entirely online writing course, takes up about 4-5 hours per week for 9 weeks.  Join in with our supportive learning community at any time to suit yourself.  Start any time in the week 20-26th June 2011.

Yet again we will be dipping into a variety of sources of inspiration, from nature to music to landscape. From poetry to fantasy to autobiography to food, there’ll be formats, genres and topics to experiment with. We aim to provide inspiration for writing that’ll keep you going for months if not years. We offer support, exercises and creative bolstering. Come whether you’re bursting with ideas to try out or whether you want to rediscover your creativity. Designed so that you can work at your own level (whether you’re starting out as a writer or seeking inspiration for your next publication) with the support and encouragement of a writing community and two tutors. This is the online equivalent of a writers’ workshop, not a lonely self-study course. Students are welcome from anywhere in the world (the course is run in English).

The Peacock Mosaic

Peacock Mosaic

 

 

Once upon a time there was a Season of Inspiration online writing course. Then there was another one, and another, all led by co-tutors Sharon Rundle and Helen Whitehead. Inspired by the excellent quality of writing time after time by the participants in the Season of Inspiration online writing courses, we have put together a collection of pieces written by members from all Season of Inspiration courses. Our writers are a variety of ages, nationalities and occupations, and have lived in many different and inspiring places around the world.

Our theme is Memories from around the world. Many of these pieces are autobiography, some are fictionalised, fiction based on real experience, or poetry.

Please dive in and enjoy the varied writing. There is no cost for this.

http://memosaic.net/

Season of Inspiration Alumni

Sujata Sankranti

We are thrilled to announce that Sujata Sankranti, who joined us for a Season of Inspiration, has just released her novel ‘In the Shadow of Legends’ published by Rupa India.

I had the privilege of reading the manuscript and this novel is a great read. Meenakshi Bharat and I are proud to have first published an extract from ‘In the Shadow of Legends’  titled ‘An Eye for an Eye’  in our Indo-Australian anthology, ‘Fear Factor Terror Incognito.

Sujata’s novel follows her collection of short stories “The Warp and the Weft” (Shristi, India) the title story of which won the overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Sujata, Meenakshi and I were recently featured in the ‘Commonwealth Foundation Journal

Andrew Y M Kwong

More exciting news that Andrew has just been notified that his memoir of his childhood during the Cultural Revolution in China “Snake Business” has been short-listed for the Penguin/Varuna Scholarship for 2011!

This is a gripping story of cruelty, violence, famine, survival, love and optimism told from the point of view of a young boy.

Andrew has also published several short stories.

Avril Carruthers

Congratulations to Avril who released her latest book “Freedom From Toxic Relationships published by Allen & Unwin and launched in May.

Avril’s book shows you how to recognise the manipulative or sweetly corrosive partner, the family dynamics that make Christmas and other get-togethers hell, the nightmare boss. And learn what you can do to leave these painful, destructive patterns behind.

Julia McKay Koelen

Has won competitions and has had her poems and stories published with the latest in the Peter Cowan Writers Centre anthology ‘Amulet’.

Read what they have to say about the Season of Inspiration Online Writing course.

July 14, 2010

Hippotamus Party, Zoo E-Books, Journal Prompts, Flooded Worlds and introducing our National Literacy Ambassador.

The Hippopotamus Celebrates 30 Years with a Birthday Party!

Hazel Edwards is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’ with the release of  ‘Hooray! There’s a Hoppopotamus on Our Roof Having a Birthday Party’, illustrated by Deborah Niland and published Penguin (RRP $24.95). The latest Hippopotamus book had a very favourable review in The Sun-Herald on June 27. It is warm and funny with delightful illustrations to appeal to ages three and up.

Hooray! There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Having a Birthday Party!

Author: Hazel Edwards. Illustrator Deborah Niland.
Publisher:
Published by Penguin. 1 March 2010.
Imprint:
Viking
ISBN:
9780670072637
Format:
Hardback, 32 pages
RRP:
$24.95

http://www.penguin.com.au/contributors/hazel-edwards

Hazel Edwards  – www.hazeledwards.com

ASA Medal 2009
Nanjing-Aust Cultural Exchange Author

On Sunday July 4th the Event Management students of Victoria University organised a major Hippo Birthday party event at the SLV Experimedia, as well as a hippo exhibition contest for the libraries and schools.

Take a look at  the forthcoming hippo Pocket Bonfire film

For more about ‘Hooray! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Having a Birthday Party: http://www.hazeledwards.com/books/hippo/hippo-birthday-party.htm


Australian National Literacy Ambassador for 2010.

Deborah Abela with her book 'Max Remy Super Spy'

Deborah Abela is the Australian National Literacy Ambassador for 2010. Sharon Rundle interviewed Deborah about her forthcoming duties and the release of her latest bookGrimsdonfor 8 – 12 year old readers. Grimsdon, published by Random House Australia will be out in August.

Deborah is enthusiastic about her role as National Literacy Ambassador and has made an advertisement with National Numeracy Ambassador, Simon Pampena that will go to air in late August. She ‘can’t wait to get out and about talking about kids’ books and how important it is to create a nation of kids who love books!’ She says, ‘Books help create empathy and awareness as well as adding a voice to what kids themselves care about and want to know more about.’

Deborah has been writing for kids for seventeen years—ten as a novelist. Her very successful Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series and The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen have captured the imaginations of her young readers.

Her latest novel ‘Grimsdon’ is her most action-packed and swashbuckling to date! It is very much driven by the kids who face living in a flooded world caused by adults ignoring the warnings of climate peril. ‘There have been a few post-apocalyptic films and stories in the last few years and even though my characters face a world that has changed, there is still a lot to be hopeful about, including the fact that these courageous kids will be our future,’ Deborah says. ‘Grimsdon is the first book I have written, though, where the kids are not only on their own but the adults who are around are out to get them and use them for their own gains. This book then has called on my characters to be at their most creative, inventive and resourceful for their own survival.’

Articles based on the interview with Deborah will appear in the UTS Writers Connect E-Journal and other publications (more details later).

Watch out for the reviews of Grimsdon, the book will be released in August.

Grimdson, published Random House Australia

Deborah Abela has a terrific interactive website at www.deborahabela.com where young readers, parents and teachers can find out more about her books. There are also competitions, YouTube videos and writing tips. She loves to hear from her readers whether the comments are ‘good or bad’. Their comments are important to her and she answers every email they send to her.

She’ll also be listing all the places she’ll be visiting on her website under ‘Coming Events’.

Deborah sent the following details:

National Literacy and Numeracy Week

When: 29 August to 4 September leading up to International Literacy Day on 8 September.

Aim: National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) is an Australian Government initiative. NLNW aims to recognise and celebrate the achievements of parents, teachers, principals, and members of the wider community who are making a difference to the development of literacy and numeracy skills in our nation’s children.

showcase the hard work school communities are undertaking to improve literacy and numeracy skills

recognise the outstanding results being achieved by Australians everyday

raise community awareness of the importance of literacy and numeracy skills for all Australian students and for the prosperity of the nation, and

build on national initiatives to improve literacy and numeracy standards among young Australians.

Theme: Learning for Living.

Who are the Ambassadors: Literacy: Deborah Abela and Maths: Simon Pampena

The role of the Literacy and Numeracy Ambassadors:

Lots of talking to kids and parents about books, reading, maths and how important they are for our daily lives but also how fun they can be. As the Literacy Ambassador, Deborah will be attending a special launch on August 30 to officially open the festivities. The rest of the week, Deb will be attending a series of schools, conducting author talks and writing workshops and chatting to the media about literacy: ie how much fun reading and books are! Deborah will be taking her role well outside the bounds of NLNW….as she has been doing for over ten years now, she will be doing all she can to get kids excited about books and stories at schools, festivals and conferences all over Australia. 

Why are Literacy and Numeracy skills important?

Literacy and numeracy skills are fundamental life skills that enable students to progress in school, further study, training and work. The promotion of strong literacy and numeracy skills in young people assists in countering educational and social disadvantage, and is critically important to Australia’s future prosperity and position in the world.

When did NLNW begin?

Initiated in 1999, NLNW began as National Literacy Week targeted at primary schools. It has since been extended to reach secondary school students. A numeracy element was added in 2001, resulting in the Week becoming known as National Literacy and Numeracy Week.

http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/NationalLiteracyandNumeracyWeek/Pages/default.aspx

For the role:

http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/NationalLiteracyandNumeracyWeek/Pages/2010NationalAmbassadors.aspx


News from Christopher Chen

who writes to say: ‘okay folks … just HAD to share this with you!!!  … Check out the following link to see the new ebook!!!

http://chrischengauthor.blogspot.com/2010/06/monkey-businness-promo-trailer.html

who’s a happy animal now!

And there are more coming! See the new Zoo you later! ebook and app.

I will write up a post about creating the eBook shortly.

And the article might be about the Prime Minster of Australia but look at her bookshelves!

http://chrischengauthor.blogspot.com/

or http://tinyurl.com/29glo8s

Cheers, Chris.

the blog: http://chrischengauthor.blogspot.com ***new

Chris’s website: www.chrischeng.com
SCBWI Australia & NZ: www.scbwiaustralia.org
New Aussie kids books: http://newkidsbooksinoz.blogspot.com


Helen Whitehead

Congrats to my friend and colleague on her new full time appointment as Learning Support Development Officer at the University of Nottingham—well done, Helen.

You can follow Helen on twitter and on her Blog where you’ll find regular journal prompts.

http://dailyjournallingprompts.blogspot.com/

Helen and I are currently working on the Season of Inspiration Peacock Memosaic of stories and poems.

June 8, 2010

Memosaic, Hypertext Haiku, NSW Writers’ Centre, Writers Connect and More

Season of Inspiration and Memosaic.

I always feel a tinge of sadness as the final week of Season of Inspiration courses come around. This time is no exception. It has been a real joy and inspiration to spend time with our writers.  We’ve had some terrific stories and poems this time around. We’re creating a Hypertext Haiku from the Haiku written during the course. This time, too, we’ll be continuing in the Season of Inspiration alumni space ‘Write On’ to complete our Memosaic.

Plans for the Season of Inspiration Memosaic are progressing with contributions being polished and posted into the course Memosaic forum thread. It is a collaborative project, though Helen and I are overall editors. We are busy creating the Memosaic, including submission guidelines, working on copyright permission and licence, and getting in touch with our Season of Inspiration alumni.

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NSW Writers’ Centre Programs

After the Season of Inspiration course finishes I’ll be appraising manuscripts for the NSW Writers’ Centre Manuscript Service. The NSW Writers’ Centre have also asked me to run a critique group. More details about the critique group are on their website.  The Centre runs a mentorship program which I’ve been asked to join and am now available to mentor selected writers through the NSW Writers’ Centre.

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Editing and mentoring emerging authors and translator

I’m continuing to work with Julia, Shokufeh and Andrew, who are all doing marvellous things. Julia has had her prize-winning poem published, her short story is through to Round 3 of judging for the 2010 Brit Writers’ Awards; and she is nearing completion of the first draft of her full length fiction narrative. Shokufeh has her translation of ‘The Dog and the Long Winter’ edited and ready for publication. She is currently seeking a publisher for her English translation of this best-selling Iranian novel. Meanwhile Shokufeh has already translated chapters for the next novel. Andrew is about to go to Varuna on a writing fellowship. He has spent the past weeks preparing his manuscript of his memoir of growing up in Mao’s China to send to Varuna prior to his residency. Wishing them all the very best with their writing projects.

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Pass It On

For our authors and illustrators of children’s books and those who would like to write and publish books for children and young adults Pass It On is a terrific magazine. A regular up to date resource of information, discussion and opportunities — a must for Children’s book authors and illustrators. Edited by Jackie Hosking.

Pass It On has a facebook page too.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=106770169352958&ref=ts

Pass It On

http://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/

Jackie’s tips on her blog are also worth checking out:
http://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/about/

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Linda Scott continues her blog of her escape 2 Australia and is now on the NSW Central Coast.

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UTS Alumni Writers Connect

Next Writers Connect is the Winter Edition which will be published in early July. Please send me any contributions, news of achievements, festivals, events, opportunities for this next issue as soon as you can. The deadline is looming.

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