Kids learn write stuff at literary festival

IT’S A THINGAMAJIG: Jon-Alan Smith, 8, from Mount Larcom State School with artwork he made at the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale.
IT’S A THINGAMAJIG: Jon-Alan Smith, 8, from Mount Larcom State School with artwork he made at the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale. Rebekah Smith

SIX award-winning authors and illustrators have their work cut out for them as they give workshops to more than 4000 school students this week as part of the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale.

Monday was the first day of school sessions with students learning how to write and illustrate a story.

Workshops are being held at CQUniversity, Tannum Sands State School and Calliope State School.

At CQUniversity, Mt Larcom State School and secondary department students took part in a workshop by author and illustrator Narelle Oliver.

Jon-Alan Smith, 8, was among the students who created their own version of Ms Oliver's famous, The Very Blue Thingamajig.

Classmate Isaiah Lucke, 9, said he also enjoyed the workshop because he liked to draw.

Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale president Robyn Sheahan-Bright said the festival had been well received with bookings for about 4000 students made over the three days of activities.

"There has been a tremendous response to it," she said.

"They are all award winning authors and the kids are very privileged to meet them.

"(The authors) talk about writing processes and the life of the writer and the process with which they create their work."

She said the festival was not only focused on writing and creating but inspiring kids to read and get excited about books.

Topics:  author, gladstone, workshops, writing

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