One of the most powerful storytelling tools for kids, for teens, for humans, is to tap your own life experience. I just completed a writer-in-residence stint in Townsville, Far North Queensland. I worked with students from years two to nine over the course of a week and encouraged them to tap their own life experiences and then mash them with fiction. We began with an exercise called ‘I remember…’ (from John Marsden’s book, Everything I Know About Writing) and did five minutes of freewriting. The only rules were ‘Don’t Think. Just Write.’ This is what I jotted during one of…

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Tweets on Writing

Tweets on Writing

I’m blogging once a week at the moment but I tweet most days – links to writing resources, ‘future of the book’ stuff, new … View Post
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New York

New York

I’m booking accom for my trip to NY in April for the launch and tour of Mac Slater Versus the City. I can’… View Post
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TV Week Piece

TV Week Piece

I’m going to attempt to blog more regularly. Short, sharp bursts that are too big for a tweet, documenting the coming year … View Post
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Nit Boy

Nit Boy

They’ll make you laugh They’ll make you cry They’ll make you itch… What is Nit Boy About? The two&… View Post
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Author Talks

Author Talks

Half of a children’s author’s life is spent at the desk and the other half is spent on the road meeting … View Post
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Head Lice Treatment

Head Lice Treatment

Nit Boy Original Concept Sketches by Heath McKenzie www.heathmck.com Over the past year, touring my Nit Boy books up and … View Post
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