Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun Plozza is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Frankie. A darkly-funny tale about a girl’s search for her missing brother, Frankie was a CBCA Notable book, was shortlisted for the Inky awards and won the YA category for the David Awards. Her second novel, Tin Heart, explores a young organ recipient’s complicated ‘happily ever after’. Shivaun’s short fiction, flash fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in anthologies and journals including Where the Shoreline Used to Be, Above Water, Text, ELLE Australia, Vivid and The Victorian Writer. When she’s not writing, Shivaun works as an editor and manuscript assessor.

The Writer’s Journey – presentation

While most young people enjoy reading and some may even harbour dreams of one day publishing their own novel, it is fair to say that not many will understand all that is involved in writing and publishing a book. How long does it take to write a book? How do you approach publishers? What is a literary agent? How is a book edited? How much money do writers make?

This session aims to uncover the ins and outs of the writer’s journey, from how to start writing through to what happens after you publish a book. Using personal experience and famous industry examples, this session will cover topics such as: generating book ideas, how to set up productive writing habits, how much drafting is enough, how to best approach agents and publishers, what is involved in editing a book, how a book is publicised and what the day-to-day life of a writer looks like.

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