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Pickles, Jam and Relish by Eileen Magee


Another Word or two from Eileen Magee— still practicing to be a 'Famous' Author—in between cups of tea. What's up? I happened to have a conversation the other day about pickles, jam and relish.A little later, I was thinking about deadlines.Somehow, the two melded together and my mind was off on a tangent… Here's where the tangent took me… Deadlines...
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David Lewis
Eileen...love you analogy to pickles and relish...and the splatter of a jarful of sticky jam! All good advice... My suggestion is ... Read More
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:06
Eileen Magee
Thanks David. A Write Recipe's a great idea too!
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:04
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Why aspiring and emerging writers should attend conferences by Hayley Hunkin


Have you ever been to a writer's conference? Recently, I went to my first one. As an aspiring author and one who is unpublished (although I am going to get published in the Creative Kids Tales Anthology soon!), I have sometimes felt silly saying, "I'm a writer of children's books". I think that's one of the reasons it has taken me so long to get up...
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Music and Writing by Georgie Donaghey


I've heard this talked about a lot lately and never really paid it much thought, as it goes hand in hand when I am writing. It wasn't until I attended a recent course at my local writers' centre and the presenter talked about the importance of playing music when he writes. The surprised reaction from his attentive audience got me thinking; how many...
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Gretchen Bernet-Ward
Well said, Georgie. Music intervention is used in hospitals particularly for children with burns. On a literary note, one of my ... Read More
Monday, 28 August 2017 10:15
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Writing Courses by Paula Stevenson


I attended my first creative writing course many years ago, as part of the Continuing Education programme offered by Sydney University. It was held once a week, in a rickety building that was just a few doors away from my old student digs in Forest Lodge. Kate Llewellyn was the tutor and I remember being astounded that some in the class, when offer...
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Drifting on a sojourn—far, far away from writing? by Eileen Magee


Another Word or two from Eileen Magee— still practicing to be a ' famous' Author—in between cups of tea! Are you stuck with your writing? Is it just not happening? Drifting on a little sojourn, somewhere far, far away from writing? Feeling guilty? Don't panic.It's your journey and if you get waylaid along the way or take a different turn, consider ...
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David Lewis
Eileen Thank you for these excellent musings...we all experience these lulls, peaks, troughs and truffles, and you have provided g... Read More
Friday, 11 August 2017 13:20
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Spreading my 'Author Wings' through school visits by Georgie Donaghey - Part 2.


In my last blog post, I talked about my experiences with K-2 school visits. In this post, I share what I have learned from visiting grades 3 - 6. I guess it's more the older kids that scare me the most, although that fear is slowly being replaced with confidence that comes with each school visit. The older kid's sessions are where you can really le...
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David Lewis
Most informative and helpful advice Georgie. I've a long way to go before I get to present anything, and I'm sure I'll be better p... Read More
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 12:00
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Spreading my 'Author Wings' through school visits by Georgie Donaghey - Part 1.


Beaming little faces, big hugs, lots of laughter, high fives and the occasional tears. That sums up my experience with school visits. No joke, there have been tears shed and not by me. I've tipped toed around school visits over the years doing a few here and there, but as my book list grows so does the need for me to get out there. It's what I have...
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Coffee with Kate DiCamillo by Georgie Donaghey


It was a beautiful autumn morning. The sun was beaming through the taxi window as I made my way to meet an author whom I had admired for many years. I attempted to steady my nerves, but there had been a little niggle gnawing away at me the minute I hopped into the taxi. It wasn't until mid-conversation with the taxi driver that I realised ; bugger!...
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Aiming for Perfection – As it applies to Fiction Writers by Carole Lander


I recently attended a workshop called 'The Art of Imperfection' at The School of Life in Melbourne. The aim of this session was to help perfectionists find ways of seeing that imperfection is often okay! As an editor, I have to be a perfectionist. As a non-fiction writer, I must ensure that all the facts are correct. However, as a creative fiction ...
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​International Author Series – Kate DiCamillo by Georgie Donaghey


When the opportunity arose to chat with New York Times best-selling and multi-award winning Kate DiCamillo, I couldn't refuse. Kate has sold over 22 million books. She is a former US National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Her books Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, have both received a Newbery Medal and her title, Because ...
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David Lewis
Love this writer's comments and also yours Georgie in talking about your experiences regarding Aiming for Perfection. It is unnerv... Read More
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:49
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​Grammar. Does it matter? By Eileen Magee


Another Word or two from Eileen Magee— still practicing to be a Famous Author—in between cups of tea. Does Grammar Matter?  Yes…but don't let it stop you writing! There's always help at hand. In the throes of drafting this blog, I came across a grammar quiz.I don't usually partake in online quizzes, but being as this one was on grammar, I thou...
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Securing that Grant! By Georgie Donaghey


Let's face it how much easier would your writing life be if you were able to secure a grant? Whether it be for attending a writing conference, festival or allowing you to engage the services of a mentor. Perhaps you are looking to study your craft abroad or visit that magical city your story centres around. One thing is for sure; if you are the luc...
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​The Trouble with Female Super Heroes and Other Musings by Zoe Gaetjens


Last year for a period of time American McDonalds gave out DC Comics super heroes as the Happy Meal toy. They were pretty cool and the best thing was that there were male superheroes and female superheroes. Having a son and two daughters, this was fantastic. No one missed out, no one went home disappointed. McDonald's was getting it right. Gender e...
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Gretchen Bernet-Ward
A well-balanced children’s book is always a joy to read. Basically I believe it’s only the first step for a writer, Zoe, because ... Read More
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:28
Zoe Gaetjens
Thank you Gretchen for your comment and encouragement. I absolutely agree with you. I do love that books evoke conversation and di... Read More
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:25
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Mentor or Superhero? by Georgie Donaghey


During your writing career you will have many questions, be confronted with many obstacles and let's face it sometimes you will be pulling your hair out and wondering why you wanted to be a writer in the first place. It happens to all of us, even those who have been writing for many years. What is a mentor? A mentor is a person who guides a less ex...
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Georgie chats with Kit Carstairs from The Manuscript Agency - Part 2


In Part 2 of our chat with Kit Carstairs from The Manuscript Agency, we pick up with How do you choose the right publisher?    The Manuscript Agency is an author-focussed organisation, working with writers and authors seeking manuscript development with the view to publishing. They are industry professionals using their expertise to help ...
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Karen Hendriks
Spot on and relevant advice. Worth the read.
Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:36
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Georgie chats with Kit Carstairs from The Manuscript Agency - Part 1


​The Manuscript Agency is an author-focussed organisation, working with writers and authors seeking manuscript development with the view to publishing. They are industry professionals using their expertise to help authors navigate the overwhelming world of publishing. Kit Carstairs, director of The Manuscript Agency, sat down with us for a chat and...
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Sonia Hardie
Great post!! thank you!
Monday, 27 March 2017 11:18
David Lewis
Very useful and interesting. Thank you. Back to writing for now...... Read More
Monday, 27 March 2017 15:27
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​Peeking through the windows of success. Top Tips from some of our favourite Authors from around the Globe by Georgie Donaghey


How many times have you wanted to ask your favourite author what is the secret to their success? What magic recipe do they follow? What's the one tip they live by? You know you've always wanted to know. What would you do for that information? Well, no need to promise your first born or bribe us with a truckload of chocolate, however, we wouldn't tu...
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How Improvised Comedy Helped my Writing by guest blogger, Adam Wallace


You're a children's author!!!! Awesome, well done! Seriously, this is the best job in the entire world, so welcome to the club. So does becoming a better writer simply mean writing more, or reading books about writing for children, or going to writing workshops? Yes, it means all those things, but don't lock yourself in. My writing actually improve...
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​Guest blogger, Dianne Bates chats about BuzzWords and About Kids Books


Buzz Words (All the Buzz about Children's Books) In 2006 I started a subscriber-based twice-monthly online magazine exclusively for people in the Australian children's book industry, such as writers, illustrators, librarians, publishers – in fact, anyone interested in children's books. As editor and compiler, I gather material from many sources and...
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Gretchen Bernet-Ward
Eileen, I was the other way around, but all good!
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:04
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Sit Down…Stand Up by Eileen Magee


Another Word or two from Eileen Magee— still practising to be a Famous Author (!) Queen , the band from the 70's has a song titled " Fat Bottomed Girls." A line in the lyrics goes… " Fat bottomed girls you make the rocking world go round." I always think this can be easily translated to " Fat bottomed girls (and boys), you make the writing world go...
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