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20 January 2010 ·

More on Friday’s writing workshop

Dear friends of Southern Peninsula Arts Centre,
This Summer we have two special opportunities on offer for children. Illustrator Myke Mollard will be visiting and running a practical session on ‘Drawing Bush Creatures’ and author Wendy Orr will be working with children on ‘Turning Ideas into Stories.’ To book go online and follow the Buy Tickets link.

Thursday 21 January 10am-11:30am
Learn about our native bush creatures as children’s book illustrator Myke Mollard gives an introduction on how to draw them.

This How to Draw workshop has been inspired by the beautifully illustrated book, An A-Z of Australian Bush Creatures. Illustrator Myke Mollard breaks down his drawing process into several easy steps.

This workshop offers a fantastic opportunity to get a closer look at Myke’s illustration style – full of fun, colour and life. Equally engaging are the insights into the Bush Creatures themselves. This workshop is not only a celebration of the skill of drawing, but also highlights the beauty and diversity of Australia’s unique wildlife. Myke delivers a journey of discovery that will delight and educate children of all ages. Tickets $22

Friday 22 January 10am-11:30am
This workshop will use a fun and interactive approach for the students to write the framework of a story and give them suggestions on finding ideas, keeping stories interesting, and the importance of editing. They will have access to pages of different drafts of the author’s manuscripts and proof copies, to see the stages of a book’s development.
Wendy Orr’s first book, Amanda’s Dinosaur, was published in 1988. Twenty more have followed, including Peeling the Onion, Ark in the Park and Leaving it to You. Her books have been widely awarded and are published around the world. From 2003 Wendy worked on the film adaptation of her book Nim’s Island, which was released in 2008 as a Hollywood feature film starring Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler; the sequel Nim at Sea is now under option to the same studio. Workshop tickets $22

Workshop enquiries: Cathy Sansom 0447 586 859
Workshops held at SPAC, 245 Eastbourne Rd Rosebud (Rosebud Secondary College)
A teenage program including Manga illustration and Spoken word with Emilie Zoey Baker (Poetry Slam Champion) will be held at Rosebud Library on the same days at 2pm. Bookings for teenage program can be made by phoning 5950 1230.

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio