The Middle Years Literature Celebration returned for The Glennie School Year 7 and 8 students on Monday 13 August. During the event, students expanded their literary knowledge by attending a range of workshops focused on writing, illustration and performing with an emphasis on hands-on experiences presented by 10 well-known artists, authors, cartoonists and poets.

Principal at The Glennie School Mrs Kim Cohen was delighted by how much the students learned during the workshops. “With such a wealth of knowledge and talent sparking their imagination, the girls have certainly been given a wonderful and motivational opportunity to further establish a lifelong love of literature,” said Mrs Cohen.

Brian Doyle returned this year to share his skills of cartoon illustration. Christine Bongers empowered the students to build good plots in their creative writing. Popular young author Steph Bowe who had her first novel published at 16 guided students through the process of creating great characters in writing. Role model for the Books in Homes literacy program, Candice Lemon-Scott, shared some helpful tips on descriptive writing with the students.

Edwina Shaw mixed yoga, meditation and creative writing for her workshops while well known for writing stories of the past Allison Paterson hosted a workshop on persuasive techniques.  Writer David Lowe showed students how they can hook readers in and David Lovegrove guided them through using digital technology as a creative tool. Louise Phillips shared her expertise in storytelling and motivated the girls to craft their stories into engaging performances for an audience.  Young, high energy slam poet Angela Peita delivered a loud and interactive workshop on writing and performing poetry.

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