Friday, 12 June 2015

Young authors


A couple of weeks ago, I had the good fortune to meet a lady called Ann Turner (no relation) who has just released a book called The lost swimmer.

This is Ms Turner's first published novel, and by all accounts it sounds like a beauty! I'll certainly be reading it. Previously this lady was a screen writer and has a number of T.V. shows and even a movie or two to her credit - even one starring our very own Rusty Crowe!

But this isn't what I want to talk to you about today. During the evening, while Ann Turner was talking to us about her book, someone asked her when she was first inspired to be a writer. Now, this isn't a terribly imaginative question - writers are asked this everyday - but what was interesting was Ann's response.

She talked about how as a child, she had something she'd written published in a local paper or similar (I can't remember the details now) and how that had given her impetus to write; it made the craft that much more interesting. It gave me cause to recall a long-forgotten episode of my own childhood.

I must have been about ten years old and our teacher at school asked us kids to write a short poem for our dads as Father's Day was coming up. So, I wrote this dinky little piece, gave it to the teacher and thought nothing more of it.

It would have been a couple of weeks later when Mum's friend came over with the local paper to show us -  my poem had been published! Even today, I can remember how thrilled I was to have had my poem in the paper.

Somewhere along the line I must have been inspired by it - it, and my Grandma Olive, but I talked about her in a previous blog a couple of years ago - because I began to write my own versions of  Little Golden Books, which I illustrated and stapled together very badly.

Regardless, I was inspired and excited by the thought of writing!

Do you have youngsters in your life who may be budding writers? I truly believe it's important to encourage and nurture young people to write. Writing is a genuine win-win - both the writer and the reader reaps enjoyment from a well written book, article, anything.

So, to that end, I have found a few literary competitions for them to get their teeth into!

Check out the following:
That's just a few to get you started. If you hop online I'm sure you'll find many more - particularly in your own country, although I haven't read the terms and conditions for these, students outside of Australia may be eligble to enter.

Until next week - get that young person in your life to use their computers for something different - get them writing their first draft!

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