14 Aug

During Week 2 our Year 2 students joined 35,000 other students from all around Australia to participate in daily Zoom sessions with Australian authors and illustrators as part of the Little Scribe Mini Writing Festival.

The live, interactive Little Scribe Mini Writing Festival included great authors such as Andrew Daddo and James Foley.

Each daily 45 minute workshop encouraged the creation of imaginative, descriptive, informative or persuasive texts centred around the CBCA Book Week theme, Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.

The students were given the opportunity to interact with authors by sending through questions.

Idea Creation and Practical Writing Skills
Each session the authors focused on a different topic with an activity designed to give students practical ways to develop their writing skills. This ranged from developing scenes, plots, curious characters, book covers and wild problems for characters and creatures.

Advice for budding authors
The students enjoyed listening to the author’s stories about writing, and how they go about generating ideas.

They were all given great advice about persistence and the time it takes to create published books.

Andrew Daddo revealed to the children that it took 16 times to write his picture book Good Night, Me.

Creating Stories
The students are now busily working in their classrooms creating their own stories using all the wonderful ideas that were generated from their brainstorming sessions.

The children will write first drafts and then publish their stories, which we look forward to sharing with others.

Article by Tassie Mangos, Year 2 Teacher.