The Gold Coast Writer’s Festival

This week the Gold Coast Young Writer’s Festival is in full swing and I have been fortunate enough to be invited to participate.

I am conducting a workshop at one of the high schools on the Gold Coast as part of the Authors in Schools program. I will be discussing storytelling and how you can take all the elements to bring them together and enthral the reader. And I can’t wait.

And I’m also terrified. I’m not one for public speaking, give me my writing cave any day. The thought of all those eyes watching me makes the fight or flight instinct kick in. But I’m doing it anyway. Feel the fear and just do it.

One of the reasons why I agreed to participate goes back to my childhood. When I was in primary school, probably about ten years old, a writer came to our school and did a talk. She was a children’s book author and I wish I could remember her name because her visit stuck with me even now.

She came and conducted a workshop in the school library. I was fascinated. She may as well have been a famous rock star for how much she impacted me. I wanted to do what she did, I wanted to tell stories. I sat there for an hour, knowing exactly what I was going to be dreaming about for the rest of my life.

I never actually thought I would be like her and have the opportunity to tell my stories. Yet, here I am all these years later doing exactly what she did. And now I get to hold my own workshop in a school. So being involved with the Gold Coast Young Writer’s Festival is kind of a dream come true. But don’t tell anyone, it’s kind of sappy.

I am also attending the luncheon on Saturday where I hope to hear from other authors about their inspirations, goals, and writings. Tickets can still be purchased by visiting here.

So if you’re on the GC or nearby, making sure to check out the Gold Coast Young Writer’s Festival website by clicking here.

Wish me luck!

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