WRIT­ERS RE­TREAT TO DE­VELOP PO­TEN­TIAL

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

Through the North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil and the 2017 Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund, Monto State High School has se­cured the tal­ents of Michael Gerard Bauer to host a com­mu­nity and School-based Writ­ers Re­treat in Oc­to­ber. Michael Gerard Bauer is an in-de­mand speaker and a pop­u­lar writer for chil­dren and young adults. His books have been shortlisted, won nu­mer­ous awards and are used as class texts in many schools around Aus­tralia. He has writ­ten drama, com­edy and ad­ven­ture. Michael Gerard Bauer was born and lives in Bris­bane Aus­tralia. In 2000 he re­signed from his full-time po­si­tion as an English/Eco­nom­ics teacher to pur­sue his dream of be­com­ing a writer. In 2004 his first Young Adult novel The Run­ning Man was pub­lished to great ac­claim. It sub­se­quently won the 2005 Chil­dren’s Book Coun­cil of Aus­tralia (CBCA) Book of the Year for Older Read­ers and was short-listed for the NSW, Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralian State Pre­miers’ Lit­er­ary awards. In 2007 his sec­ond novel, a ‘laugh out loud’ com­edy en­ti­tled Don’t Call Me Ish­mael! was short-listed in both the CBCA awards and the NSW Premier’s Lit­er­ary Awards and won the 2007 Chil­dren’s Peace Lit­er­a­ture Award and the 2008 South Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val Award for Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture. With the sup­port of the RADF grant, plan­ning is un­der­way for the Writ­ers Re­treat to be held in Monto in Oc­to­ber. The ini­tia­tive will al­low for the North Burnett Com­mu­nity to be in­volved with in­for­ma­tion ses­sions con­ducted by Michael Gerard Bauer, with a fo­cus on writ­ing tips, pub­lish­ing pit­falls and “get­ting started” in the writ­ing busi­ness. Stu­dents from across the North Burnett schools will also be in­vited to a 2 day camp to be held at Ca­nia Gorge, where they will re­ceive guid­ance, in­spi­ra­tion and men­tor­ship from Michael. This ini­tia­tive is de­signed to en­cour­age stu­dents to de­velop their writ­ing skills, with their end prod­uct be­ing pub­lished in a book­let and on a lo­cal Writ­ers Web page. Stu­dents in Ru­ral ar­eas are of­ten not able to ac­cess de­vel­op­men­tal pro­grams such as the Writ­ers Re­treat due to the cost and dis­tance to at­tend such event. Through the RADF grant, stu­dents across the North Burnett re­gion are able to en­gage in this ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity and show­case their tal­ents to the wider com­mu­nity.

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