Dear fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,
Exactly one week ago today I attended Day 2 of the StoryArts Brisbane Festival. It was a Masterclass with Lisa Shanahan on Writing for Children and it, like the previous day’s panels was worth every cent I spent including the cost of the plane ticket. This, value for money is, but one of the many reasons I like small festivals. There are of course many others, length, industry experts, abundance of opportunities and of course size.
Again due to the ability to use such venues, smaller festivals can often run over a whole weekend enabling a broad programme with increased choices, e.g. one day vs both days, an illustration workshop vs a research one or pitching workshop vs a writing one.
Finally the smaller numbers of people either professional, emerging or aspiring allowed for a much more personal festival. Meeting people in this way resulted in more relaxed, frequent and personal communication experiences, which for a socially awkward, introvert like myself was just bliss. As well as this, the buzz of being with other creatives (as we tend to be relatively isolated in our day to day work) was and always is, no matter the size of the festival or conference, a truly exciting, inspiring and invigorating experience.
My Top Takeaways
*You can tell if an author is enjoying themselves, if they care about what they’re writing about as the characters ring true. The story is more genuine and real.
*Think of rejections as badges of courage. Courage comes from the Latin word for heart. Write with heart, then if it means a lot to you that’s what matters, it doesn’t matter if it gets published.
*Take your time! If you want something lasting, you need to take time to make it your best.
Lisa Shanahan Masterclass
*If it comes too easily, it’s probably not your best and there is likely more work to be done.
*Be more aware of moments with heart in your day to day life, if they move you and stay with you there’s probably a story in that.
Farewell fellow travellers