Open ABC work­shops pro­mote learn­ing by do­ing

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dents want­ing to hone their writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and video-mak­ing skills have been given ac­cess to a won­der­ful men­tor in ABC Open pro­ducer Dan Bat­t­ley.

Mr Bat­t­ley’s in­au­gu­ral se­ries of ABC Open work­shops were held at Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil li­braries last week and proved pop­u­lar with both mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and li­brary staff.

One of Mr Bat­t­ley’s most im­por­tant mes­sages for bud­ding au­thors, pho­tog­ra­phers and film-mak­ers was “learn by do­ing”.

“I don’t have the magic for­mula to be a great pho­tog­ra­pher,” he said at Cannonvale’s Beach Li­brary last Thurs­day night.

“I can tell you all the tech­ni­cal as­pects, but you’ve just got to go out there and keep tak­ing pho­to­graphs.”

Mr Bat­t­ley used th­ese first work­shops to run through the ABC Open web­site as the plat­form through which par­tic­i­pants can share and ef­fec­tively “pub­lish” their creative work.

Each month, new projects are uploaded to the web­site en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pants to chal­lenge them­selves with a dif­fer­ent theme. Pho­tog­ra­phy themes have in­cluded ‘re­flec­tions’, ‘af­ter dark’ and now ‘wild’. On the writ­ing front, themes for the 500 words pro­ject have in­cluded ‘things we do for love’.

Beach Li­brary team leader Kerry Dor­man said over­all the work­shops were a fan­tas­tic learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that en­abled par­tic­i­pants to pub­lish their work and “get it out there”.

Proser­pine Li­brary team leader Robyn Bat­man agreed.

“And it’s an­other plat­form that li­braries can be used for,” she said.

“It demon­strates the li­brary’s role as a com­mu­nity hub, not just through books but also in the dig­i­tal world.”

Mr Bat­t­ley will be back in the Whit­sun­days in Septem­ber to hold writ­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy classes at the Proser­pine Li­brary on Septem­ber 18 and Beach Li­brary on Septem­ber 19. Book­ings are not re­quired. For in­for­ma­tion on cur­rent ABC Open projects visit

DIG­I­TAL SPACE: Beach Li­brary as­sis­tants Bar­bara Rus­sell and Cyndi Roughan and Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil man­ager of li­braries and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment Sharon Tol­lard with ABC Open pro­ducer Dan Bat­t­ley at the Beach Li­brary last week.

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