Fortunately for me I had friendly library faces to work with. Mrs Mac at Thirroul Public School
and my own children’s librarian extroadinaire
, Jane Pretty. So lots of help there to begin with. And the kids were very keen.
I have to detour here for a moment and talk about Sally Odger’s
wonderful e-book (Giving our Kids) A Reason to Write
. It’s an absolute treasure trove of information about how children (and adults) write – from their different approaches and thought processes to how to best manage their writing strengths and weaknesses. I began by flipping through the pages for exercises I could use in my Workshops and ending up reading it from cover to cover. Thoroughly recommended and at $7 for the PDF
– it’s the best value for money resource you can buy!
But back to the workshops. Two out of three are complete with the follow up/evaluation still to come. They were wonderful fun. They didn’t go perfectly – the video conferencing was a new experience all round – but the end result was absolutely golden. The kids enthusiastically produced heaps of writing
. OK. Not all of them. There was one child who I suspect was waiting for a real author
to show up. It’s not quite as magical when it’s mum even if you are really proud of her! Here are some sample efforts
created based on the workshop sessions.