A Thylacine? What has that got to do with a writing workshop you ask.
Well, everything as it turns out.
I was recently the honoured guest of Libby Ahearn of the Mobile Area Resource Centre (5 ton van full of books that visits small rural schools) who was conducting their writing camp for a hand-picked, very eager and talented group of writers from a group of small schools in the high country. http://rubicon.vic.edu.au/rubicon/campus
Mark Wilson (who painted the MARC van link) was earmarked for the gig, but he is the busiest man in the book business at the moment and asked me to help out. (Thanks Mark). You getting all this?
So, writer’s camp, Mobile van, kids, but what about the Thylacine you ask? You did ask didn’t you? Writing is an imaginative tool, so I asked the kids to imagine being on your own in the Rubicon hills in amongst miles of forest and you see a Thylacine. It’s standing right on the edge of the forest. You hurriedly shoot the photo on your phone. You go to get closer & the creature scoots.
You run back to the camp to show everyone, but when you snapped the photo your hand was shaking, you took the photo against the light and what you clearly saw in reality is just a deep black shadow on the image. How would that feel? It was the start of a wonderful workshop where the kids worked hard and produced impressive results. Good work kids! (more on this later…)
Thanks, Libby, Lyn, Kate & all the kids for a fantastic experience. Loved the final stories and pics!