Youth learn writing skills from authors
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CHILDREN'S authors Margaret Clark and Krista Bell will take their craft directly to the kids to- day and tomorrow.
As part of the first Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale, children from all over the Gladstone region will converge on the Gladstone Uni- versity Campus in busloads to attend.
The two authors will present their'Stories Galore and More' sessions for children today and to- morrow and Stories Galore pro- gram for adults and young adults on Saturday.
Krista Bell, who writes for chil- dren and teenagers, has also been heavily involved in the creative writing for Nestle Write Around Australia. A number of her books now have options for film rights.
Margaret Clark has more than 100 books about relationships, friendships, and social issues for children and teenagers under the guise of humour.Others taking part in the carni- vale, which opened with a launch dinner on Wednesday night, are author Narelle Oliver, illustrator Gregory Rogers and Gladstone -based publishing industry expert Robyn Sheahan-Bright.
The Saturday sessions are: Ms Sheahan-Bright ? The profession- al approach to being published and trends in the publishing mar-ket; Mr Rogers ? The art of illustration; Narelle Oliver ? A good picture book cannot be read over the radio and be understood; and, Krista Bell ? Bookspeak, helping parents keep in touch with what their children are reading.