If the holidays are dragging on a bit too long – you’ve played with all your Christmas presents, read all your Christmas books, been on your family holiday, had your cousins over to stay – and you feel like a bit of brain exercise, then come to my creative writing workshop.
I will be at Toronto Library (that’s the Toronto in Lake Macquarie NSW, not the Toronto in Canada, unfortunately) on Friday January 20th. I will be reading snippets of my novels, playing fun literature quizzes and games, and giving you writing activities like:
1. Write a catchy beginning to a story (I will give you the story elements here)
2. Create a unique, memorable character that readers will love
3. Map out the bones to a great plot
Lollies, bookmarks and posters will be given as rewards, plus there will be the opportunity to have your books signed, and buy any new ones of mine that you don’t already have.
The workshop begins at 10:00 am and finishes at 11:30 am. The cost to be paid to the library is $10.
Phone to make a booking. Places are filling up fast. Lake Macquarie City Library. PHONE: 4921 0047
I hope to see you there.
I recently did a Book Fair author visit to Shelley Public School in Blacktown, NSW. It was the first school visit I’ve done and I was a bit nervous about it. Would the kids care about my books? Had they read them? Would they be interested enough to ask questions?
Well, I needn’t have been worried. The kids were amazing. Almost half of them had already read Extinction: The Day The World Ended, and a few had read Give Me Four Reasons. The questions they asked showed that the kids were passionate about books and literature, and I think this is due, in big part, to their wonderful librarian. Of course I had a couple of the “How much money do you make?” questions. Kids are always interested in that side of things when deciding on a career path. But the most interesting questions were the ones about the plot.
“Why didn’t I introduce the American twins earlier?”
“Why did I decide to have twins at all?”
“Did I travel all over the world to research the book?”
“Is the purest source of air really in Tasmania?”
“What’s under Rufus Keller’s mask?”
“Why did the kid’s powers keep running out?”
These questions showed that the kids really knew and loved my books. I was so impressed and made to feel so welcome. I will come back anytime you ask, Shelley Public School!
If you are in the Newcastle area these school holidays, then you might like to come along to one of the writing workshops I am conducting at the libraries. I have had a lot of fun putting the workshop together. There will be quizzes, games, writing activities and lollies, and I will read you snippets from my books. Each participant will receive a folder of fun stuff to help you with your own story writing, plus an Extinction poster and bookmark.
The workshop blurb says:
“Join Lizzie Wilcock, acclaimed author of the best-selling Extinction series, in a fun writing workshop. Learn where to find ideas, how to organise them into a plot, how to create interesting characters, and how to write a catchy beginning.”
CITY LIBRARY Friday 30th September 10.30 am to 12:00 noon.
NEW LAMBTON LIBRARY Thursday 6th October 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
BELMONT LIBRARY Friday October 7th 10.30 am to 12:00 noon.
Cost: $7 at City and New Lambton Library. I’m not sure what Belmont are charging.
So if you’re interested, phone the library to make a booking. I’m really looking forward to meeting some of my fans.