Write a Book in a Day – the final verdict!

At the end of a long but amazingly productive day, the four LCGS Write a Book in a Day teams finally called it quits. The hard copies were printed, the soft copies sent to the competition co-ordinators, and many pizzas had been consumed. And we are pleased to be able to share the final products!

Team 1        Team 2        Team 3         Team 4

Congratulations to all participants for their wonderful efforts today. The results are outstanding, and your dedication to the task is impressive – putting in a twelve hour day is a pretty major task, and you’ve certainly impressed the staff who observed your work!

Year 11 student Samantha Marshall conducted interviews with some participants during the day, gaining their thoughts on the experience.

See our previous blog posts from earlier in the day!

More photos!

Headmaster Mr Norris visits the writing teams.

Mr Norris takes a look at some of the writing.

Mr Grubert indicates his opinion of the day!

  The four teams were made up from students from Years 7 to 12. Their names are listed below. Well done all!

Roda Alfred
Levi Koster         
Mitchel Abraham
Hayley Bowen
Blair Kirkpatrick
Natasha Patrick
Steph Freeland
Claire Partridge
Ebony Denham
Freddy Brown
Lara Briddon
Lucy Bell
Kaeo Landon-Lane
Sidney Triffit
Breanna Stewart
Campbell Richardson
Patrick Macken
Buakhao Campbell
Jack Murcott
Alex Smith
Chris Love
Madeleine Heath
Josh Argent
Imogen Flanagan
Lucy Geeves
Brady Kirby
Maddie Kelly
Emily Argent
Moira Seward
Asleigh Pasheck
Abby Meyer
Sarah Durkin
Zoe Wye
Kate Howe
Skye Morrison

Write a Book in a Day – the first milestone!

Just before 1pm, the first team of the LCGS Write a Book in a Day participants passed the first major milestone for the day, finishing writing the chapter drafts for their book. This meant they moved on, ahead of schedule, to the editing and compiling phase of the process. Given that each chapter is written by a different team member, this phase can be the most intensive of all. Our teams will work through lunch to meet their twelve hour deadline!

Blair, Claire, Ebony, Hayley, Levi, Mitchell, Natasha, Roda and Steph work through the first editing over lunch.

Write a Book in a Day – Senior Campus

7.45am on a brisk Launceston morning saw almost forty eager students, ranging from Years 7 to 12, invade the LCGS Learning Hub, ready to embark on their Write a Book in a Day journey. Under the direction of co-ordinator Mr Doug Grubert, the four teams received their instructions and challenge information, before splitting up into their groups to brainstorm for the day ahead.

Time seemed to vanish as ideas flew wildly, with each team taking the stimulus material and forming the fledgling outline of their books. Once the structure had been formed, the teams split up to start writing their chapters and working on their illustrations. The words and pictures are pouring onto the page, and the stories are shaping up. Stay tuned for details on how the second half of the challenge came together, and a look at the finished books!


phat poetry (no capitals)

Find out more about poetry, create mash-ups, visit the vault, the toolshed at phat poetry. Hear the latest sounds, view the latest video and see the latest images. Interactives & information and tons of sharing.

Are You Tasmania’s Reading Role Model?

The ABC Tasmania is supporting The National Year of Reading and searching for a reader, aged 8 to 12, who participates in reading with enthusiasm and perserverance…are you Tasmania’s Reading Role Model?  This link gives you all the details and allows you to submit your entry on-line.

Submit by 5pm, Monday August 6

Tasmania’s selected role model and a parent will travel from Tasmania on Friday 24 August.

“On Saturday August 25 they will be whisked off for visits to two of Melbourne’s must-visit family experiences Scienceworks, where there is the Wallace and Gromit exhibition, and the National Sports Museum.

In the afternoon our young readers will be guests of honour at The Reading Hour event in Federation Square, meeting and mingling with some of their favourite authors as well as ABC 3 stars Kane and Amberley.

We aren’t looking for the best reader, we are looking for a young person whose enthusiasm for, participation in and perserverance with reading sets them apart.” from the website

Think about nominating yourself or others for this wonderful opportunity!

Reading sketches – OpenProcessing

Processing – About

Open source programming language – places for creating images, animations and interactions. Developed as a software sketchbook for computer programming it is now used as a tool for creating finished works – used by students, artists, designers, researchers and hobbyists.

Take a wander in this fascinating on-line community and experience the visual language as an onlooker or devotee. Imagine this tool used in designing and illustrating on-line and printed works.

Check out OpenProcessing

OpenProcessing is an online community platform devoted to sharing and discussing

processing sketches in a collaborative, open-source environment.

Processing in education


A website to share Processing sketches

share your sketches with others

help and collaborate with the community

improve and polish your programming skills

follow classes around the world teaching processing

City of Rockingham 2012 Short Fiction Awards

City of Rockingham Writing Awards Opportunity 2012

Event Date 12 Oct 12

Event Location Rockingham

 2012 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards.

This is a national competition and the voucher prizes are transferrable.

Event Details link

Over $2000 in prizes on offer in three categories – an outstanding short story opportunity for writers of all ages.
Entry is free, and all entered stories must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork upon the entry form – Spring Breakers: Trigg, by Julie Silvester (2004, from the City of Rockingham Art Collection).

Prizes :

Open Awards
1st prize $400
2nd prize $200
3rd prize $100
Two commendations of $50
Over 50s
1st prize $400
2nd prize $200
3rd prize $100
Two commendations of $50
Young Writers Awards
1st prize $250
2nd prize $100
3rd prize $50
Rockingham Shopping Centre vouchers

This is a wonderful opportunity for budding young writers! Entries close 12th October, so plenty of time.

Worlds Next Door & Epilogue

Mrs Wessely has donated copies of her edited works to the Learning Hub – short stories by various authors in speculative fiction.

Worlds Next Door : Containing 25 bite-sized stories by Australian authors including Paul Collins, Michael Pryor, Pamela Freeman, Dirk Flinthart, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Jenny Blackford, Worlds Next Door is perfect for the budding reader : from Goodreads Review.

Epilogue : The apocalypse – is it the end of the world or hope for the future?

Reviewer and author Guy Salvidge writes ‘Many of the stories herein have an optimistic bent to uplift us from the all-too-dystopian world we live in.’ Read his review.

Read all about it at the Learning Hub. Thanks Mrs, Wessely, we are looking forward to the good reads.