Skype Author Talk

Just finished delivering a five-hour teen book-trailer-making workshop via Skype for Central Queensland University and Mackay Libraries. Some excellent participants and much fun had. There was a Flash trailer being developed, Photoshopping of wings onto humans and lots of Microsoft Photostory / Premiere action. The thing I loved was the swarm creativity, seeing participants who had a problem being helped out by others in the course.

Donna and Kath from Mackay Libraries and Steven Pace from Central Queensland University gave up their Saturday to make sure that the session went smoothly and to give on-the-ground tutorials while I watched on and shared trailers, tips and feedback from 1200 kilometres away. Sadly I didn’t get to share their choc-chip cookies but we are vying for a cookie-share function in the next version of Skype.

The workshop capped a week of Skype talks in schools all over Mackay. Thanks for the good times Mackayians.



  1. Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 / 2:15 am

    Hi Tristan, what a week that was. Lots of students benfited at school but the workshop at CQU totally rocked it. I am a bit disappointed that the fabulousness of my own Book trailer cannot be entered due to the date of my birth but I am excited to see what the other participants will produce. We have some mighty mighty talent here.
    I look forward to seeing you at the Whitsunday Voices launch when you will announce the winners of each category. I am confident that the standard of entry will make your job incredibly difficult so haha to the judges and Yay for me not being a judge!

  2. Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 / 11:32 am

    Hi Tristan, you spoke with some kids at Mirani High on Thursday. You have totally inspired these kids to get cracking on the LitVids. As a result I have reorganised what I am teaching them over the next few weeks. Thanks for that – we are all going to thoroughly enjoy this! Just disappointed we couldn't get to CQU to work on Saturday. Thanks again – Kirschty

  3. May 30, 2011 / 11:43 am

    Thanks for the good vibes on the Skype sessions! They were fun to do. It's amazing the connection you can achieve in spite of the distance. I'm looking forward to developing the Skype sessions in the coming year and being able to drop into classrooms to run ongoing workshops and connect with kids in far-flung corners of the country. Great to get feedback. 😉 T

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