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Author Visits

We have been very fortunate here at Siena to have three authors visit over the past couple of months to work closely with the budding writers amongst our cohort. Students have had the opportunity to hear these published authors speak and to take part in writing workshops.

Our first visit was from young adult crime writer Ellie Marney. Ellie chatted to students in the Library at lunch and then worked with a group of Year 8 students in a writing workshop. Ellie will be back again later in the year to work with the Year 9 English classes on their Crime Writing unit.

Melbourne-based writer Gabrielle Williams also visited Siena College to work with Year 10 students. Gabrielle writes humorous young adult fiction and spoke to students about how she became a writer. As with Ellie, Gabrielle worked with a small group of Year 10 students on a character writing workshop. The students involved enjoyed coming up with creative, entertaining and, most importantly, flawed, characters.

Most recently, Robert Newton, author of the novel 'Runner', spoke to Year 8 students about what inspired him to become a writer and how he juggles writing with his other job as a firefighter. The Year 8s who are currently studying 'Runner' found Robert’s presentation engaging and informative, they had the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the importance of the novel as a piece of historical fiction.

Although our visiting authors came to writing in different ways, the common factor in their success was their passion for writing and willingness to persevere with a story, redraft and take on feedback. These events are invaluable for our English students to learn from experienced, published writers and we thank Ellie, Gabrielle and Robert for sharing their wisdom.

Students who would like to be involved in future writing workshops should speak to their English teacher or contact Miss Joyce.


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