Date: Sunday 10th September
Place: AMDC Building
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn campus map
John Street, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia 3122
Time: 9.00-10.00 am Session One
TOPIC: Children and Young Adult Fiction: How Difficult Can It Be? Is Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults an Easy Option?
Writing historical fiction for children and young adults (CYA) takes skills that are often underrated. Gabrielle Wang, Wendy Orr, Pamela Rushby and Alan Tucker discuss with Felicity Pulman why CYA novels pose challenges not faced by authors of adult historical fiction.
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From August 14 – 18 I will be in Adelaide. For school or library bookings in Adelaide please contact Carole Caroll
I conduct talks and writing and Chinese painting workshops for primary and secondary schools throughout Australia and internationally.
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I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful workshops you did with the girls. They were spot on in terms of content and variety and I know were an inspiration to all our aspiring writers and illustrators! Sharing so many of your own personal experiences really connected the writing process to the real world for the girls and they all thoroughly enjoyed your stories and hearing about where you get your inspiration and ideas from. Drawing Peng was also a huge favourite!
R. Cameron, Ascham School, Edgecliff, NSW
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our author visits by Gabrielle Wang. Gabrielle was just delightful with our students and I know they really enjoyed the sessions. Gabrielle even created a special session for our boys, focusing on their interests and it was just great. It was really lovely of her to do that.
– Wendy Logan, Ivanhoe Grammar, Victoria
Gabrielle has visited our school for the past three years and run her Chinese watercolour painting session with our year 7s. This complements the text that they study at this year level, Chinese Cinderella. Gabrielle is a true professional with a wonderful instructional manner. She incorporates her Chinese heritage into the workshops beautifully and has the students spellbound. The lovely thing about her sessions is that being able to produce a credible Chinese watercolour at the end of the session is well within the grasp of every student.
– Jenny Doubleday, Luther College, Croydon Hills, Victoria
Testimonials from students
Your talk at the Abbotsleigh Literary Festival today was really inspirational for me. I really liked how you incorporated so many elements from your childhood and vibrant personality into your books.
Going to your talk was so exciting-you gave me so much to think about; and you’ve encouraged me to keep writing even though I was on the verge of giving up. You also encouraged me to keep trying in art and just drawing and doodling. Thank you!!
I loved the story behind Little Paradise; it was so sweet and reminded me of all the fairy tales I used to read. I also really loved the story of Pearl of Tiger Bay-the supposed witch in the house and exploring. I could imagine mansion and two children hiding behind the tree.
You are one of the most inspirational, kind and funny authors and illustrators I’ve met at the various Literary Festivals Abbotsleigh has held. Thank you so, so much for coming and sharing your stories, thoughts and giving me an insight to your wonderful imagination!!