Writers' Activation - The Pitch
Last Saturday, Write Links members practiced their story pitches as part of our writers’ activation session.
Author Rebecca Sheraton facilitated the activity with picture book, mid-grade and YA authors present.
The Plot Pitching activity
Verbally, we shared the main plot points of a picture book or novel chapter we had been working with a small group of Write Links members. They in turn asked for clarification of plot points and commented on pacing. Through the exercise we received feedback on what worked, what didn’t and received suggestions on what may work better.
The inspiration behind the activity
1. In October, author Rebecca Johnson shared a plot-focussing technique with us. She explained how she verbally practiced the storyline with many people to develop a story that is believable and enticing. After she has fine-tuned the plot this way, she’s able to write a story structure an d complete the whole story.
2. During StoryArts Brisbane, attendees delivered first page pitches and story pitches to publishers and agents, which was very nerve wracking as well as exciting.
We shared our stories in a relaxed, non-threatening way among friends and Write Links members. We received suggestions, feedback and support which spring boards ways to rewrite and improve our story.
Photo credits: Maria Parenti-Baldey
Story: Karen Tyrrell
Our next Write Links Meeting is on:
Saturday 7 December 1pm at Queensland State Library, Room 1B
And here is another Kidlit event for you!
Big Lit Quiz 2019
Kid Lit Community End of Year Celebration
Join us for an end of year lunch celebration for the Kids Lit community with a quiz based on children’s literature. Win prizes and raffles.
WHEN: Sunday 24th November from noon to about 3.30pm.
WHERE: Manly State School, 63 Ernest St, Manly.
Form a team and join the fun for $20 per team member. You can make up a team on the day. Food supplied but BYO drinks.
* Proceeds go to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program.