Gavin Bishop visit

This morning, Gavin Bishop came to our college and talked to a captivated audience of Year 7 and 8 students.

GavinBishop4To Year 7 students, he talked about illustrations and all the steps between the idea of a book and its publication. To Year 8 students he talked about his favourite book Piano Rock and his book in preparation Teddy One Eye, the life seen through the eyes of his own Teddy, which he showed us.

He answered many questions and we thank him very much for his visit. We also thank the New Zealand Book Council for organizing it as part of their Writers in Schools programme.

If you want to know more about his books or if you want to write to him, here is his website

Publish your book!

To celebrate NZ Book Month, Derek Grzelewski talked in assembly to our students and encouraged aspiring writers to self-publish. “While Gutenberg press created a new era of knowledge diffusion“, he said, “ebook new revolution empowers everyone to publish their work, for free!

100_7356In the Q&A session that followed, he shared the main resources to do so.

  • Kindle Direct Publishing to create your Amazon kindle e-book
  • IBooks Author, to create and publish multi-touch books for iPad.
  • Smashword to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers, fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world.

On his BestSellerLab blog, Jonathan Gunson offers practical advice on how to get published and grow your readership.

And here is a list of writing, poetry and film competitions to test your writing skills.

Hone your writing skills

WritingThe NZSA Youth Mentoring Programme is offered annually to three secondary school students (15-18) nationally to foster and develop emerging writing talent with the support of established authors.

The mentorships are hotly contested and application deadline is in 2 weeks, the 2nd April 2013.

Click here for further information and find the forms on the New Zealand Society of Authors website.

And here is a list of writing, poetry and film competitions to test your skills.

Ask your teacher or the librarian for help if you want to participate in any of these.