Excitedly I began to read your informative book and, as I ventured into new pages, could feel my inner child opening up, wanting to creatively express again. Many years ago I taught myself to write with my non-dominant hand because I knew the process would by-pass my over-analytical left-brain. I also drew a book cover with the same hand. But then I stopped both creative processes. Your book Child Writes inspired me to re-visit the same technique.
Child Writes is beautifully presented and has many practical tips, not only for child writers but also for adults. The illustrations are clear, detailed and easy to understand, and the children’s tips, coming straight from their personal writing experiences, were a delight to read. I was impressed with the children’s maturity and comprehension – and I felt an undercurrent of their excitement as they became involved in the creative process. The children who experience the Child Writes programme are extremely fortunate and their creative learning process will hold them in good stead for later life. I hope many of them become adult authors.
As a writer I enjoyed, and intend to act upon, the authors’ challenge – “If a child can do it, why can’t you?” I also appreciated, and intend to use, the website references and marketing guide. The inspiration and enthusiasm behind the common sense step-by-step guidance added an extra dimension to the work.
I recommend Child Writes to all budding authors, and will continue to use it as a valuable reference to progress my own work. Congratulations Emma and Ainsley on being awarded the Independent Publisher’s book award. It is well deserved. And thank you for being a catalyst for my creative process.
Sometimes, when you least expect it, a wonderful opportunity arises... and it keeps giving! Before the custom workshop for the Condamine Alliance, the dates were reserved for a Write it WRITE NOW! Workshop. Not only was it during the school holidays (precious time for me to have with my children) the numbers weren't happening and I was begrudging the entire process! ..
In the January holidays (2014) I worked with a group of 13 children, guiding them to create a children's picture book. We had a specific brief and we had a a very tight timeline - just three days! The Condamine Alliance 'works with our community to repair and conserve our environment in the Condamine catchment. Our aim is to protect people, water, land and wildlife for future generations.' ..