AWMonline: Yo, Vanilla Ice    Back to school today, and I write this with a heart torn between joy and grief at the thought of my youngest starting Grade 1…

So, to mark the occasion for younger writers, and for those of us who juggle writing with parenting (and working, and everything else), let’s look at what’s happening for young writers and readers.

At the Aurealia Awards on Saturday night, convenor Ron Serdiuk gave a wonderful speech, during which he praised the teachers of his former primary school who made a big fuss over the Children’s Book Council Awards each year, imbuing the nominees and winners with such a fascinating aura that it helped to foster in him a lifelong love of books and reading. Upon hearing Ron, I made a quiet resolution to support my local teacher-librarian to do the same. I’ll go to CBCA’s website and find out how. Connecting young people into the broader community of writers and readers is such an exciting and rewarding challenge.

Currently, the ACT Writers Centre is running the wonderful Scribble Festival again, including children’s book manuscript consultations, a poetry slam, and a zine fair with panel sessions. Sounds v cool.

Other stuff to check out: Voiceworks magazine welcomes submissions from uder-25s. YAMP is a great opportunity for young writers to access training, advice, and funding. QWC runs Young Writers’ Boot Camps in June and September this year.

Any events for young writers coming up in your hometown? You are welcome to spruik them here!

2 Responses to “Yoof”

  1. Kim,

    Yay! Thanks for the mention. Scribble looks to be a great event, and we are balancing on the knife-edge between excitement and dread (excitement at the great author visits and workshops, dread of the organisational chaos and, of course, the clean up.) But who cares about that now? Scribble – woohoo!

  2. Meg,

    Yep, you’ve gotta focus on the fun, and worry about the cleanup later… Have a great Scribble, funsters!

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