Thursday, November 01, 2007

Subspace, Code Lyoko and Animal Farm

Today I was very happy to be at another meeting of the writers group here at school. We are getting about 15 students who kee coming back and 3 or 4 teachers each time and we have great discussions, stimulating and amusing. When a year 12 student member came, she was interrupting swot vac (or pre exam study break) to come for the meeting. We all clapped as she came in. We heard about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is "a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30." Several students are participating.

We heard about Voiceworks, a "national, quarterly magazine that features exciting new writing by Australian young writers. It is a unique opportunity for young writers and artists (under 25) to publish their poetry, short stories, articles and comics, illustrations, drawings and photos." We heard the beginning o a story that a student started in her Maths class, and will have to wait till we find how it ends. We heard about Monique's story that she previews on her blog, a piece of fanfiction based on the French animated TV series Code Lyoko. I read a small passage from a novel I am reading at the moment that I love, Andrew McGahan's The White Earth, such evocative writing. We heard about a student writing a review of a novel she liked and sending it to the author and having the author put it up on her website. A student talked about her experience of reading Animal Farm and another student talked about an idea she had for a story about subspace and how that idea had come from what she was learning in science about the universe. We made a theme for next time on anything related to science fiction or speculative fiction. I can't wait.

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