Author visit: Oliver Phommavanh

IGS Primary students were in fits of laughter during a visit by children's author Oliver Phommavanh.

The former Primary Teacher and stand up comedian told students his writing secrets, acted out some of his stories and signed their books.

“My number one tip for writing stories is to write what you love,” he said.

“Write about things that really excite you. If you want writing to be fun you have to write about fun stuff. It’s as easy as that. When I’m stuck for writing a story I draw a giant hand and I’m going to write down the things that I love.”

He said playing with toys has also helped him create stories.

“Being a writer is about being someone who writes about what they love and writing about your passion but it’s also about making trouble, because if you’re just writing about fun stuff it’s not really that exciting.”

Oliver had students create stories based on their favourite food, games, place, food, job, and their favourite animal.

One of the student’s ideas included pasta that comes alive and turns into a snake.

“As you can see, it is very easy to get yourself carried away writing about things that could go wrong,” Oliver said.

Oliver told students one of the best ways to become a great writer is to read lots of books.

“The more books you read, the more ideas you will get for your stories,” he said.

At the end of the presentation, students had the opportunity to ask questions. They were curious about whether he’d ever lost his notebook, and when he wrote his first book.