50 students tucked in The Learning Hub, humming with creativity
Chris Love LIVE from the US by Video Conference
How did that happen? It’s a whole year and LCGS Seniors are at it again.
- 8 pm Photocopy & binder homage and books in. Watch out for on-line copies soon…
- Mr. Grubert has just walked passed “It’s 8 PAST 7”
- 7.05 and chatting with Chris in Seattle, Mr. & Mrs. Norris are been visiting everyone and Mr. Grubert is waiting for a deluge of new books in electronic format. Then it’s time to bind. The countdown is on.
- It’s after 6 PM and after a group meeting & pizza for 50, deadlines are looming. The writers and publishers are calm under pressure.
Write a Book in a Day Competition – midday update 2 from Mr. Grubert
- We are five hours in with seven hours remaining. Most teams have finished a first draft of their work and are reading through their chapters to check for quality, continuity etc. Feet are up, shoes are off and no-one is observing the “Do NOT eat” signage in the Learning Hub.
As a sidenote, some of you will know new student Catherine Kerr. In case you don’t, check out one of her “sketches” of Holly Feather, one character from her team’s story…
- An extraordinary 50 students participating on campus and a 51st, Year 11 Chris Love, who is participating via video conference from Seattle, USA. Chris will work through to 3:00am Seattle time to complete the project!
Three hours into the twelve-hour epic, storylines are developing with the following six ideas being worked peak:
Team 1 – Grade 9s:
Pastafarian (no, that is not a typo) priest Fabian meets Victoria, a politician. Together, they must defeat the piranha-controlled enemy who is trying to take over the world…
Team 2 – Grade 7s:
A Rock Star and a Gardner fall in love but mean-girl Brittany tries to break them up through an extortion attempt…
Team 3: Grade 8s:
Daniel, a builder whose wife has died finds that soon after his daughter runs away. After an accident he is left in a coma and it is in this dream-like state that he seeks out the spirit of his wife…
Team 4: Grade 7, 10, 11 (last year’s shortlisted team)
A trans-galactic foreigner lands on earth to gather intell. For an impending invasion. A chance encounter with a swagman, Keith, changes the future of both worlds…
Team 5: Grade 8
An escaped convict who is plagued by recurring nightmares hunts for the dream thief who is able to take away people’s dreams with the help of a magical albatross…
Team 6: Grade 7
An heiress to a millionaire runs away with a boy who works as a hospital cook. When their boat is hit by a falling satellite they are set adrift with only a digeridoo to keep them afloat…
Open to all aged 16 – 25
- awarded by the South Australian Museum Foundation Incorporated
- the subject for “The Waterhouse” is natural science, which for the purpose of the competition deals with our natural world and the sciences associated with it. For example; biology, geology, astronomy, chemistry and physics. It also includes natural history.
Overall winner $50,000 (acquisitive)
Category winners $12,000
Youth Art Prize Winner $5,000
Peoples Choice Award $5,000
Dr. Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize $5,000
For writers aged between 13 – 19th years
“Are you the next J.K. Rowling, Michael Morpurgo or Malorie Blackman? Is there half a novel hidden in your desk or in a computer folder that could be the next Hunger Games? Or maybe you have an idea and just needed that little bit of inspiration to get writing…” from the website.http://www.movellas.com/competition/show/201302121559428767/young-movellist-of-the-year
The Reading Agency is offering support for writers.
You could be the Sony Young Movellist of the Year!
This is a UK based competition with one international award.
1) The overall winner will be offered the opportunity to sign a publishing contract with Random House, including a £2,000 advance! They will also receive a Sony Reader.
2) The two runners-up will receive Malorie Blackman’s entire teen backlist, published by Random House, and a Sony Reader.
3) The overall winner and the two runners-up will be invited to afternoon tea with Malorie Blackman, and will be able to bring a parent, guardian or friend each.
4) An international winner (selected by the Movellas team) will receive Malorie Blackman’s entire teen backlist, published by Random House, and a Sony Reader. Two runners-up will also receive Malorie’s backlist.
5) One winner (selected by the Reading Agency and Movellas community) who ONLY submitted the first three chapters of a novel (i.e. did not follow up with a full length novel – but why would you do that!?) will receive a mentoring session with a professional writer.
Eden’s Curse Shortlisted : Look out for Nov. 1st when winners will be announced.
WA’s Jo-ann Whalley judged the VIC, Qld, SA, TAS, NT Best Book shortlist Upper School Category
Winning ARTISTS will also be announced on November 1st.
What a great effort for all the teams, and Mr. Grubert.
If you want to read Eden’ s Curse here it is on the Team 4 link, while you’re there take a look at the other books
Writing Competition for 10 – 13 year olds.
Write an imaginative story of up to 500 words about what would happen if you inherited billions of dollars,
and you could win a huge prize for your school and your own bookshelf.
The winner and runner-up will also receive books 1 to 4 in the Billionaire series,
and author Richard Newsome will read the stories out on the internet!
Entries Close Friday 9th November.
For more details Text Publishing or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an entry form.
The Federal Government initiative Get Reading! offers opportunities in various ways to win 50 Books You Can’t Put Down. Follow on Facebook and Twitter, subscribe to email, post up a book review, or via the ABC write the last paragraph of your great Australian novel. These a few of the ways you enter….
Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can’t explain, and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him – his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.
Scot Gardner Also check out Scot of the Antipodes
‘I have never read a book more gripping, nor a book more triumphantly alive. I love how it haunts me still. I swear, I will never forget The Dead I Know‘. – John Marsden
Praise for Bill Condon: ‘Condon presents readers with confronting and emotive issues … Yet he still manages to weave humour, tenderness, love and mateship into the framework of the novel.’ – Sun Herald
Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it’s a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.
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!
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.
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!