Years 5 and 6 glean writing tips from author Melina Marchetta 

Australian author Melina Marchetta has shared fascinating insights into the life of a writer.

Students in Years 5 and 6 were treated to a conversation with the author of Looking for Alibrandi and the Zola series of children’s books.

She shared aspects of the creative process with students, including the vital role of editing (and editing again) when writing.

Our students were surprised to learn that Melina didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer, but she did always love books and reading.

The captivated audience was offered a rare behind the scenes glimpse into the world of publishing, discovering just what goes into designing the cover of a book, how perseverance pays when trying to get your manuscript published, how script writing is different to writing a story, and much much more.

At the end of the talk, students had so many questions that Melina ran out of time to answer them all, but she graciously reminded our budding writers that they were welcome to drop into the Bibliothèque where she works on Wednesdays and Fridays, and ask her any questions they might have.