Tobias is the Editor of Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories, due for national release in March 2019. Originally from Ballarat, Victoria, Tobias worked for ten years as a performer, touring Australia and New Zealand with musicals such as Mary Poppins, CATS, and Guys and Dolls. In recent times, he rekindled his childhood passion for writing and shifted his attention to the world of publishing.
Underdog is Tobias’s first commercial undertaking as an editor. He hopes it will grow into a platform for unpublished #LoveOzYA writers to showcase their work and have their voices heard.
Tobias will provide some 'inspiration elements' (e.g. image, song, sound) and will request that the students find a couple of stimuli in their own homes (eg. something from the pantry, an article of clothing). Participants will then use these elements as inspiration for some very short pieces of flash fiction, and then develop one of these options into a longer piece of writing. There would be some time for the students to share their work at the end of the session.
Liz Anelli has illustrated over 20 picture books and bases her school sessions on their inventive visual narrative. When she makes books she collages drawing, painting, printmaking and scraps of packaging, tickets, and patterns into some pretty complicated digital scenes. Her non-fiction and fiction children’s books have been much shortlisted and awarded. She also makes illustrated maps.
Liz moved from England in 2012 to live in sunny Newcastle where it is much nicer to sketch outside – drawing is her favourite pastime. Liz is a Board Director of ASA, an Ambassador for Books in Homes and reviews picture books for CBCA. She is represented by Fiona Kensole of The Transatlantic Agency, USA. New titles for publication in 2020 are "Dry to Dry" (a second Nature Story Series title) and "The Biscuit Maker" (Walker Books).
Inky Printy Fun
Get a head start on creating your own comics and picture books. Inventing and drawing characters, backgrounds and page-turn-ability is tricky if you think you can't draw. Simple printmaking with rubber stamps and found objects makes this so much easier and more fun. Characters invent themselves just by experimenting with different shapes and then they start to tell their own stories. Liz will demonstrate and facilitate students in using mono-print and collage to create characters, story and atmosphere.
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ClickView is the world’s leading producer of educational videos.
Their team of educators produce content here in Australia from Primary, Secondary right through to Further and Higher Education. Video is no longer a passive viewing experience. Interactive videos engage students in active learning, allowing educators to assess students formatively and target their teaching. Learn from some of ClickViews animators at LitFest2444 2019.
Get GIFy With It
Students will learn the fundamental principles of animation and design, tips for creating an effective creative workflow, and the tools required to bring their own animations to life.
Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing runaway cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for STEM and STEAM, loves learning through doing, and aims to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers.
Cristy Burne is a past editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine for kids, was a regular contributor to Crinkling News and Double Helix mag for kids/teens, and has worked as a travelling performer in the Shell Questacon Science Circus. She still writes for…loads of places.
Cristy has worked as a science writer at CERN in Switzerland, Fermilab in the US, Scitech in Perth and even a year in Japan at a biotech patent law firm. She has a Bachelor of Science in biotechnology, plus a Grad Dip in Science Communication, and a Masters in Professional Communication.
Her books are published in three languages. Her latest book is To The Lighthouse, out with Fremantle Press in 2017. Off The Track and Zeroes and Ones are published in 2018. Visit www.cristyburne.com for more information.
Using Science to Inspire Creative Writing
Science, creativity, and other ways to write victory
from the jaws of defeat.
Hayley Lawrence’s debut YA novel Inside the Tiger was published by Penguin Random House in 2018 to critical acclaim, shortlisting for the Vogel Prize, longlisting for the Davitt Crime Awards, receiving two Varuna Writers’ House Residencies, and being a CBCA Notable Book in 2019. Inside the Tiger is the story of a private school who writes to an Australian death row prisoner in Thailand and falls for him, destroying them both. Hayley wrote the novel after spending five years writing to and visiting a death row prisoner in Thailand. Previously a lawyer, the stories of the people Hayley came into contact with continue to haunt her writing and make her ask questions about the nature of humanity. Hayley’s second YA novel Ruby Tuesday is being published by Penguin Random House in September 2020. Hayley lives in Port Macquarie and gives regular creative writing talks and workshops to local schools. She has presented at Litfest2444, been a recipient of a Residential Mentorship with the Byron Writers’ Festival, and in 2020 will be presenting at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival as well as the KSP Writers’ Centre in Perth.
Driving Creativity, Conflict and Character
An interactive workshop where we play with powerful story driving tools. We're going to unlock the creative flow in students' brains, interrogate a character of their own making, set a stage for conflict and then let that character fight. Students will learn how to tap into creative flow when they're in a funk, how to build a three dimensional character and most importantly, have fun with that character on the page.
Eleni Hale’s debut, Stone Girl, was published through Penguin Random House (May, 2018). It has received accolades including winner Readings Book Prize YA, shortlisting for the NSW Premier’s Ethel Turner Prize and longlisted for the Davitt Crime Awards. It tells the story of one girl’s journey through institutional care.
Eleni was previously a reporter at the Herald Sun, a communications strategist and has written for many print and online news publications. Her short story "Fig" was published as part of the ABC’s ‘In their Branches’ project and she has received three Varuna awards. She lives in Melbourne and is currently working on her second book.
The Secret Ingredients to a Riveting Story
Want to write a short story or a novel? Do you have an idea but aren't quite sure how to make it come to life? Is something missing and you don't know what it is? This fun and practical workshop will be filled with writing games and exercises to teach you the secrets authors rely upon to write their books. Discover how to navigate the complex terrain of story-writing and capture your reader's imagination.
Jess O'Callaghan is a producer and writer for Audiocraft, as well as Audiocraft's Festival Manager. Most recently she’s worked on podcasts including Creative Responders and Lumina, as well as projects for Audible. She was the founding producer of ABC politics podcast The Party Room, and was series producer for ABC investigative audio program Background Briefing.
Jess was also Executive Producer of FBi Radio’s All the Best, and produced independent podcasts The Rereaders and the Meanjin Podcast. She has more than ten years experience working in commercial, community and public radio.
Making audio stories at home
How can you use stuff you already have at home to make a podcast, and online resources to edit it? We'll show you how to record your stories and share them online with this hands-on intro to DIY podcast-making.
Fleur Kilpatrick is an award-winning playwright and director with practice focused on environmental sustainability and care. She holds a postgraduate Diploma of Directing and a Masters in Playwriting from the VCAM. She is a lecturer at Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance and the co-founder of Lonely Company, working to support emerging playwrights create sustainable careers.
Fleur’s plays have won the 2018 Max Afford Playwrights Award (Whale), 2016 Jill Blewett Award (Blessed, Poppy Seed Festival) and 2015 Melbourne Fringe’s Emerging Playwright Award (The City They Burned, Melbourne Fringe, Brisbane Festival).
In 2019, her new play Whale premiered at Northcote Townhall, her production of "Slaughterhouse Five"(which she directed and adapted) returned for a season at Theatre Works and her opera, "Daphne" will premier with Co Opera, SA. In 2018, she made her mainstage debut with her play Terrestrial at State Theatre Company of South Australia and LZA Theatre in Sydney gave her 2013 play Yours the Face.
Fleur has worked in high schools, directing productions and teaching playwriting since 2005. This work has included a six-week residency in the Surat Basin teaching playwriting and a mentor for thirteen-year-old playwrights through Riverlands Youth Theatre. She appears fortnightly on 3RRRs Smart Arts with Richard Watts and was the co-host of the podcast Contact Mic with Sarah Walker until 2018.
Words to be Spoken: Writing for Performance
The key thing I want to impart to students is what a flexible and evolving medium playwriting is: a medium that is about collaboration and the live experience. To do this, we’ll look at some really creative ways of writing plays – people writing plays that look like live action games, like poetry, like choose-your-own-adventure books – and do a number of writing exercises that focus on form supporting or contrasting the content. For example ‘write a love letter as a multiple choice questionnaire’ or ‘tell the story of finding a dead body as a series of step by step instructions’. We will look at the basic structure of a narrative and do an exercise on how we write a synopsis to ensure that each moment of the plot is necessary and leads onto to the next. The workshop will also discuss the difference between spoken and written language and how we might approximate spoken language in our writing for theatre. We’ll look at some bad dialogue I’ve written for the purpose of this exercise and workshop how we could make it better.
Teaching this content to young people is very close to my heart. I am dyslexic and came to playwriting as a teenager because the possibilities it presented for creativity of form (and sometimes even spelling) made me feel welcome. I love showing students what a playful and creative mode of writing this can be.
Fleur Ferris spent sixteen years working in Police and Ambulance Services in Victoria and South Australia before her debut, "Risk", was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2015. Risk was nominated and won numerous awards, was published internationally and became an Australian Top 10 Bestseller. "Risk" was adapted to stage by a secondary school in Sweden and that adaptation, Risk: the play, is licensed and available to schools and drama clubs. Fleur’s second book, Black, came out in 2016 and quickly became Australia’s number one bestselling YA “new release” of 2016 and was optioned for film. Wreck, Fleur’s third crime thriller for young adults, was released in 2017. "Found", another action thriller, will be released in July, 2018.
Fleur has recently undertaken studies in screenwriting, is co-writing the screenplay adaptation of Black and is working on her next novel which will be released in July 2019.
Drawing from Real Life to Create Fiction
This workshop shows how an author draws from real life experiences to create thrilling fiction. Fleur shows how she has turned some of the scariest and most exciting events of her life into fast-paced, engaging fiction. This session covers setting, character, pace and plot, and students should take away a completed (first draft) short story.