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    1. 1. TEN [ways to share your writing ]
    2. 2. 1. Use a story wall <ul><li>Claim a space at home or at school/work/uni/ library to hang your work so that everyone can read it (fridge, feature wall, noticeboard). </li></ul><ul><li>Project your work on a screen (large screen or computer screensaver) </li></ul><ul><li>Blog it. </li></ul>
    3. 3. 2. ‘Lend me your ears!’ <ul><li>Ask your friends, family, teachers or librarians to comment constructively on your work. </li></ul>I like your imagery. Your opening paragraph grabbed my attention! I know a great competition for you to enter. Will you write a story with me?
    4. 4. 3. Go public <ul><li>Read your work to a public gathering (open mic, poetry festival, literary festival, Book Week, eisteddfod, assembly, art gallery event, storytelling session, vodcast, podcast). </li></ul><ul><li>Perform your poetry at a slam! </li></ul>
    5. 5. 4. Commune <ul><li>Start a writers’ group (or join one). </li></ul><ul><li>Join your State writers’ association. </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in writers’ workshops and festivals. </li></ul>
    6. 6. 5. Get published! <ul><li>Submit your work to an online site or paper magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit your work for radio broadcast. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit your play to a theatre group for workshopping or performance. </li></ul>
    7. 7. 6. Enter here <ul><li>Enter your work in competitions to be rewarded with feedback, prizes or publication. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of scam competitions. Support organisations that legitimately support your creative development. </li></ul><ul><li>Check wordbox online for entry dates (youth comps). </li></ul>
    8. 8. 7. Collaborate <ul><li>Work with an actor or musical friend to perform your play or monologue, duologue, song… </li></ul>
    9. 9. 8. Treasure it <ul><li>Give your story, poem or comic-strip as a gift (on a postcard or bookmark, in an artist’s book or zine, on a t-shirt or jeans, on a lantern, banner or canvas, on a chair or tabletop…..). </li></ul>
    10. 10. 9. Be zined! <ul><li>Cut’n’paste DIY technology and the photocopier </li></ul><ul><li>Organic, independent, creative, individual, funky, collaborative, quirky, artistic, informative </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about marketing, distribution, sales… </li></ul><ul><li>Sticky Institute , Joanna , Matchbox Project , Jen Mills , Vanessa Berry , Etsy , MadeIt , </li></ul>Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne Sydney Writers Festival Zine Fair
    11. 11. <ul><li>… and more. Aren’t they moresome? </li></ul>Little at Sydney Writers Festival Zine Fair
    12. 12. 10. Teach <ul><li>Learn from storytellers, tutors, teachers, fellow writers, industry leaders, mentors, favourite authors, and </li></ul><ul><li>Teach others. </li></ul>Thank you, Mr B-C [our senior English teacher]
    13. 13. <ul><li>Why? Your words out in the world to … </li></ul><ul><li>express yourself, have a voice, give others a voice, explore your creativity, experiment with language and form, give to others, get inside your character’s skin, be part of a community, entertain and inform, discover what audiences like, win prizes, make money, pump up your portfolio, create unique gifts, get used to deadlines and wordcounts, make sense of it all, LIVE! Why & how do you share your writing? Comment on the- storyspace </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Write now! Create, live! </li></ul><ul><li>TEN created October 2008 by alison (based on TEN zine, released August 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>* Big thank you to Little zine creator, Joanna Coltman, for five images on slides 10 & 11 * </li></ul><ul><li>I knit words </li></ul><ul><li>[This presentation was created for educational purposes] </li></ul>