Reflecting on 2016 with the JWFK Team

2016 has been a tremendously eventful year on the blog, with establishing the Directory, a cascade of amazing interviewees and guest posters, and invaluable tips and news updates made available. And I couldn't have done it all without the support and dedication of my wonderful team of bloggers and the Australian kidlit community. So, thank you! I feel blessed to be a part of this always-inspiring world. To celebrate, a few of us Just Write For Kids bloggers got together to reflect personally ...
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You Call Yourself a Writer?

I was at a party recently, chatting with a man about his career and how he came to be where he’s at now. For years, he’d had an office job, travelling throughout New South Wales, training newbies in his field. He hated it. In his spare time, he took photos, and a photographer-friend had asked him to assist with a wedding he was shooting. After this experience, and knowing this is where he found happiness, he said goodbye to the office and started his own photography business, which he still oper...
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#InterviewByTheme with Renee Price

You won't be able to resist the charms of the alluring Renee Price in our 'Romance' themed interview! She's divine! 🌷💝 - Finish the sentence... "I'm so in love with..." Sleep. I never appreciated my relationship with it … then I had children. - Describe your writing style in an acrostic poem, using the letters, L-O-V-E. Lively Observant Vocal Evolving If you could receive any gift from any children's author or illustrator, what would it be and who would it ...
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What Makes Picture Book Creators Happy

In the last two posts on picture books, I explored what makes a successful book, and how best to utilise them. Today I'm reflecting on some past interviews with the very writers of those wonderful pieces of art, and more specifically, what creating these literary jewels means to them. Which responses resonate most with you? Author and illustrator, Renée Treml: "For many years I was unknowingly creating characters through my artwork - I kept drawing the same animals over and over and discov...
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Books Light Up Our World – Picture Book Reviews and Activities

Book Week is hosted annually by the Children's Book Council of Australia and this year marks the 70th anniversary celebration in honour of the inspirational work of Australian authors and illustrators. By promoting books we, as parents, educators, writers, children's literacy advocates, are encouraging children to read and inherit a love of books, and a love of learning. In 2015, Book Week will run from August 22nd - 28th with the brilliant theme of 'Books Light Up Our World'. Over two posts I ...
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