Adult Program Story by Yvonne Mes
Sandy Fussell is an accidental writer. She started out in computing, but when she was included in a writer’s group with experienced authors she got the push she needed. Once her stories became published she had to face a challenge, a fear of speaking to groups. This meant that doing author talks in schools was nerve wrecking.
At the time there was a great opportunity for emerging writers who were linked with experienced writers to mentor them through the school talk experience.
Sandy shared how she has developed writing workshops for children using Minecraft. Minecraft is a well-known virtual sandbox game, where children build their own world and aim to survive and thrive. Sandy uses the characters, landscape and inbuild challenges to inspire children to write their own stories.
Sandy finished her session by sharing practical the practical uses of software Trello which not only assists writers organising their writing life but can also be used to plot out their stories.
Sandy Fussell is a best-selling author of books and short stories for young people. The Samurai Kids series garnered an International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) award for Outstanding Books for Readers with Disabilities three CBCA Book of the Year Notables. Her picture book, Sad, the Dog, was recommended in a New York Times review, she was shortlisted by the CBCA for several other of books.
Blogging Team 2017