Young writ­ers learn from pros

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Inge Hansen

LEARN­ING to write has reached an­other level of fun with pop­u­lar au­thor Me­laina Feranda mak­ing her way to the Whit­sun­days.

Ms Feranda is headed to the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Li­braries to con­duct three writer’s work­shops on Tues­day, June 21, and Wednesday, June 22.

The ac­claimed au­thor of 35 young adult and chil­dren’s books has con­ducted mul­ti­ple cre­ative writ­ing work­shops and mas­ter­classes across Aus­tralia.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously con­ducted a work­shop here last year, Ms Feranda said she couldn’t wait to come back.

“It’s a won­der­ful place and I got a fan­tas­tic re­cep­tion last time so I hope to meet a whole lot of new peo­ple and maybe some from be­fore,” she said.

Ms Feranda said it was en­gag­ing with peo­ple and hear­ing peo­ple’s dif­fer­ent sto­ries which sparked her in­ter­est in con­duct­ing work­shops.

“I’ve been teach­ing for years and I de­rive a lot of en­ery and joy from shar­ing what I know,” she said.

“I find it all very stim­u­lat­ing and I re­ally en­joy watch­ing other peo­ple’s cre­ative pro­cesses.”

Three work­shops will run over the two days, th­ese be­ing: Un­leash Your Cre­ativ­ity, Mak­ing it Good Enough to Pub­lish, and Cre­at­ing Com­pelling Char­ac­ters.

On Tues­day, the work­shops will be held at the Collinsville Li­brary from 9am to 12pm and Bowen Li­brary from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

On Wednesday, Proser­pine Li­brary will hold a work­shop from 9am to 12pm and Cann- non­vale Li­brary will hold the last work­shop from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox said hav­ing some­one with Ms Feranda’s ex­pe­ri­ence would be a great ad­van­tage for new writ­ers and those in­ter­ested in the craft.

“This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for our lo­cal bud­ding writ­ers to learn valu­able skills from an ac­com­plished au­thor,” he said.

To make a book­ing con­tact your lo­cal li­brary in Bowen, Can­non­vale, Collinsville or Proser­pine.

CRE­ATIVE: Me­laina Feranda will host three work­shops at li­braries in Bowen, Can­non­vale, Collinsville and Proser­pine.

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