Inside the Minds of Children

Have you ever wondered how kids see the world? Teaching creative writing to children over the last five years has been an eye-opening experience. Kids are observant, funny, deep and sometimes breathtakingly honest. From stories about bullying and popularity to tales of survival in post-apocalyptic wastelands, from the concentration camps of world war two to the pain of supporting a friend through mental illness, these young writers are tackling big themes with courage and compassion.

Now, for the first time, their stories are available for free through Smashwords (or your favourite eBook distributor). I’ve got a complete list of the anthologies and their authors here.

Happy reading!

“Here’s SpecFicNZ-Christchurch” – a blog interview by Helen Lowe

Helen Lowe, the author of the “Wall of Night” series, Gemmell Morningstar and Sir Julius Vogel Award winner, is currently running a blog series featuring Christchurch based speculative fiction writers.

This week it’s my turn!

It’s such a privilege to be a part of this series that includes such awesome Christchurch authors as Liz Gatens, Cat Langford, Kevin Berry and AJ Fitzwater. Make sure you check Helen’s blog out on coming Wednesdays to discover more local talent =D

Thank you Helen for the exposure!

Teenagers are an Alien Species – Free Writing Competition

Do you know any young writers (year 9 to 13 / between the ages of 12 and 18 years old) who would like to win personalized feedback from published authors on their work? Perhaps young artists or designers who would like to win design coaching and have their artwork featured as the cover for the upcoming Write Offline 2013 Anthology?

I’m really excited to have been invited by Lee Murray to judge the cover design part of Tauranga Writers’ 2013 NZ Secondary School annual writing competition and coach the winner toward perfecting the final cover.

The rules are as follows:

* Create an original piece of writing (short story, essay or poem) using the following sentence as the theme, title or as a line anywhere in the piece of writing: ‘Teenagers are an Alien Species’. Your piece of writing must be no more than 1500 words for prose and 300 words for poetry.

* Create an original piece of cover art using the following sentence as its theme: ‘Teenagers are an Alien Species’.

* Entry is Free and you may enter as many times as you like but all entries must be received by 12am (midnight) on Friday 28th June 2013.

If you want to find out more, check out the official website here and download the entry requirements. Make sure you submit it in the exact font, size etc that they’ve requested!

Good luck.

Helen Lowe and SpecFicNZ

I’m excited and feel incredibly privileged to be part of Helen Lowe’s upcoming “Here’s SpecFicNZ – Christchurch” mini blog series. All things going ahead as planned, it will start next Wednesday (24th of April) and feature Christchurch Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors.

There is some fantastic talent here in Christchurch, so make sure to check this out and discover just how many local authors we have!