Here is part four of my notes taken at Somerset 2015, hope you enjoy the inspiration.
James Moloney 12.45pm to 1.30pm Grades 7-9
James Moloney has been writing for young people for more than 20 years. Once a teacher and a librarian, his books have made him one of Australia’s most respected authors.
He went on to explain the different genres he writes in.
Adventure – History gave him the idea for 1844 Do you dare, about Brisbane in the very early days, wild horses would race down Queen Street, and this book is about the last race.
Fantasy – lighthearted books – He talked about Book of Lies a Young Adults book exploring what it would be like for a book that could read peoples thoughts and detect if they were lying, and record them.This was when the book was nearly full and it became it’s own version of the truth and manipulated what was happening. The original book created by the wizard was to encourage a peaceful and just world, when the book became full it changed the magic.
James explained that he often tries to get into characters that are very different to himself as a challenge, examples being Aboriginal Dougie, or the main character in Silvermay as a female.
He said writers are observers. They need to tease the reader to show whats going on, to trick the reader trying to second guess them.
His writing tips throughout the talk
1 Think like a writer
2 Always read
3 Make the story work – have a hero or heroine save the day
4 Write what you know
6 Show don’t Tell
7 Planing is essential, chapters, characters, especially to know the end
Again, at the end of his talk James answered questions by the audience and the questions were cleaver and insightful.