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  • writing basics
  • freelance writing
  • misused words
  • 100 small but expressive interjections  – blah blah blah
  • creative writing
  • 25 pieces of writing software you should know about
  • Latin words and expressions
  • writing competitions
  • the daily word
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Art, Audio and Writing from the Junior School 2

Story, pastel artwork and audio by Lily

Lily Reads Her Story

One morning Dad and I were sitting at the breakfast table eating toast and then suddenly out of the blue I asked Dad why do jellyfish sting people? Well Charlotte sit down on the couch and I’ll tell you.

Way back and I mean way back, there was a man named Bob and Bob was a very funny man.

But one day Bob went out to seas going jelly fishing. The day that Bob was meant to come back he didn’t and so all of his family just thought that Bob was just a day late. 

The next day at 2.10 his family started to worry and then most of them said

“We’re going to look for him”. About 10 minutes later the men got in their little rowboats and began to row towards where Bob was meant to be. Their location was The Great Barrier Reef. Once they got close they could see big grey clouds!

After 1 minutes worth of looking they found Bob’s boat and so they went to look in it. When they got to the boat they found Bob lying there with a jellyfish stuck to his arm. The men quickly pulled him into one of their boats and headed back.

Once they got back they pulled the jellyfish off and hoped for the best. A few days later Bob’s brother had found that the sting came from their tentacles. When Bob’s brother Fred was over he said I have great news.

The jellyfish survive.

“WHAT! WHAT!” I said. Jellyfish sting people for them to survive and so that’s why the jellyfish stung you. But how do you know that? It’s a very long story. 

Bob never got better, but at least he was found.  

Art, Audio and Writing from the Junior School

Story, pastel artwork and audio by Nicole

Nicole : reads her story

‘…the black creatures were under the boat.’

James and His dad were out fishing at Pirates cove when James suddenly asked his dad the strangest question, “Hey Dad, why do Killer Whales have white spots?”  “Well,” said James’s dad, “it starts off right here in Cape town at Pirates Cove.  A long, long time ago all the pirates would have a yearly meeting in one of the caves near Table Mountain. They would sail their ships down the coast line and into the bay.”

“Then late one stormy summer’s night the waves were high and the wind was strong. The ships were coming into dock and there were black figures darting under the pirate ships.” “Were they the Killer Whales,” asked James who was suddenly filled with excitement. “Yes, they were.”

“So, where were we up to? Oh yes, now I remember, I was up to the part where the boats were coming in and the black creatures were going under the boat.  They circled the ships playfully as they went on their way.”

At the lighthouse the oldest of all the pirates that lived around Cape Town was having a bit of trouble because the candle wouldn’t light with all the wetness.  He tried and tried but try as he could it would not light.

The waves were getting bigger……………….” “Daaad! Get on with the point now.” “Listen James I am just telling the story as it was. So back to the story then. The waves were getting bigger and the Pirates were getting agitated. Why wasn’t the light working? Should they continue or should they anchor till dawn?”

“Then……James! Are you even listening?” “Yes Dad.” “Okay then back to the story. A giant wave came and took the biggest ship crashing into the rocks. Now, I know you are thinking to yourself ‘What has that got to do with everything’ but you see James this boat had nearly a ton of Condensed milk on it.”

 “The Condensed milk fell overboard and into the ocean. It spilt all over those slimy black creatures and it never came off. And that is how the Orca got its white spots James!”

That James, is how the Orca got his white spots.

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!

      

Garth Nix Visit to Launceston

Count the places you can visit Garth Nix!

And then visit him in the flesh…4PM

At Fullers Bookshop Launceston.

Tuesday 24th July.

Garth Nix on FB

‘Erratically maintained’ web page.

The Keys to the Kingdom

Troubletwisters

The Old Kingdom Chronicles 

The Nine Steps to a Novel by Garth Nix 

You will have the opportunity to hear him speak  about the release of his new novel A Confusion of Princes.

Ray Bradbury – sci-fi hybrid “In science fiction, we dream”

Ray Bradbury, the American author who helped popularise science fiction with works such as The Martian Chronicles, has died at the age of 91.

Watch & Read About his life, work & philosophy. A revered and elder literary statesman.

Ray Bradbury Official Web Page

  • Fahrenheit 451, a classic novel about book censorship in a future society

  • The Illustrated Man

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

Millions of Bradbury’s books have been sold around the world and his stories translated into dozens of languages.

A child of the Depression born in small-town Illinois, he grew up reading Jules Verne, HG Wells, Edgar Allan Poe and George Bernard Shaw.

Over his long career there were hundreds of novels, plays, scripts and poetry.

He called himself a ‘hybrid’ author, ranging across fantasy, horror and science fiction.

VALE Ray Bradbury

So what’s your book pitch?

So what’s your book pitch?

Competition Open!

Got a favourite book? Think everyone should read it? Here’s your chance to convince them – and win! You might not only have them reading it but you could also share in $40,000 worth of prizes.

From The National Year of Reading : submit entries on-line.

So want to pitch a book to a friend to encourage them to read it? How?

Submit in ANY FORMAT YOU CHOOSE…short stories, poem, song, illustration, costume, a model, an art piece – anything you can imagine.

Prizes including Kobo e-readers, Manga graphic novels and DC Marvel posters

 Entries close on 31 May, 2012

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National Young Writers Festival

TINA – sub festival  – National Young Writers Festival

27th Oct. – 1st Sept. 2012

Submissions for the 2012 Festival are now Open!

Subscribe for e-mail updates Links for Festival Workshops – Building Fictional Worlds, Crosswords, Drawing Jam, Voice Workshop, Poetry, Editing, Journo stuff plus more, more, more…
For 18 plus, but if you are under 21 years of age, you may be interested in the Younger Young Writers Mentorship Program. The Festival is part of TINA (This Is Not Art) and is comprised of five subfestivals: Electrofringe, Sound summit, Crack Theatre Festival, Critical Animals and the National Young Writers’ Festival. TINA is held in Newcastle NSW. 
 
You can be a voluteer in many interesting ways at TINA