Modelled on the Kids’ Lit Quiz in which children around the world compete for first place as experts in children’s books, Book Links hosted its own quiz, the Big Lit Quiz (for Grown-Ups) it was an opportunity for organisations that contribute to children’s literature in and around Brisbane to celebrate the end of a fabulous literary year.
After a delicious lunch buffet, the teams divided into groups of four and completed six rounds of questions. The winners of each round got to choose a book donated by wonderful Book Links members such as Dimity Powell and competed for various sweet during extra trivia questions rounds.
It was an afternoon to indulge, connect with old friends, make new ones and determine the real experts of all things kid lit!
A big thank you goes to Book Links’ Jenny Stubbs, who organised this events, the questions, AND lunch and dessert.
2016 Promises to be one of our best years yet. So far we have three innovative Write Links Writing Workshops planned.
Brian Falkner – Introduction to Write Like an Author. Saturday, February 6.
Peter Carnavas – Picture Books. Saturday, March 5.
James Moloney – Planning a Series. Saturday, May 7.
Find out more below, and click HERE to book to avoid disappointment. You can also renew your membership, or become a member at this link too. This will give you discount rates to all writing workshops, as well at local Book Shops.
Author Brian Falkner has created a set of resources that can be used to inspire young writers to ‘write like an author’. This is an introduction to the materials he has created. For more information on the content visit http://www.writelikeanauthor.com This is a great opportunity to see how Brian presents his workshops for children in the middle years of schooling.
In this workshop, Peter will cover many aspects of picture book creation. There will be a focus on the varieties of narrative structure, characters and how to make your text as powerful and efficient as possible. Peter will also share storyboard tips and how to tell your story visually, whether writing for an illustrator or as an illustrator.
Peter completed a picture book course and put together a dummy version of his book, Jessica’s Box. A little while later, New Frontier accepted the book. His tale of a little girl’s attempt to find friendship entered the world in April 2008 and was shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award for Emerging Illustrators and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award.
Many books have followed, including Last Tree in the City, The Children Who Loved Books, My Totally Awesome Story (written by Pat Flynn) and The Boy on the Page. He has recently collaborated with Kat Chadwick to create What’s in My Lunchbox?, and has illustrated Damon Young’s picture books, My Nanna is a Ninja and My Pop is a Pirate.
Peter lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife, two daughters and a scruffy dog that occasionally escapes.
James Moloney has written a number of successful series for young readers. His ‘Gracey stories’ comprising three YA novels about an Indigenous family was widely praised. Later, he turned to fantasy where series seems the name of the game with the successful ‘Book of Lies’ trilogy and ‘The Silvermay Sagas’. For younger readers he wrote the adventure series, ‘The Doomsday Rats’. In writing these books he ran the full gamut of what to do and what not to do which he will share with seminar participants.
The seminar will focus on what publishers are looking for, how to develop characters who will sustain reader interest across a multiple book series, how to keep them fresh, planning story lines across multiple books and the creation of ‘worlds’, both realistic and speculative, which suit the writing of series for the young. The emphasis will be practical and much of the activity interactive, so participants should bring along their cherished ideas and be prepared to discuss them.