When I was seven-years-old I decided to be an author. I have written books ever since, but didn’t know how or where to submit my work until I completed a Diploma in Professional Writing & Editing at Victoria University. I also have a Diploma in Journalism and am a qualified trainer.
You can also visit me at my website www.deescribe.com.au
I also have a writing tips blog at DeeScribewriting
My first young adult novel, Letters to Leonardo took more than ten years to research and write. My other books include Hope for Hanna, A Duel of Words and Harry’s Goldfield Adventure. In 2010, I was given a May Gibbs Fellowship to work on my new YA series, The Chat Room and I spent a whole month in Brisbane, writing.
I currently have 16 books published for kids and young adults.
Why I started writing classes for kids
I started teaching writing for children and teens after my creative 10 year old was turned off writing by the restrictions of the school curriculum. A year later, he finished the first draft of his first novel.
I have taught writing workshops and classes in schools around Australia and I run regular school holiday workshops for all ages. I am an advocate of young writers and have been a mentor with the PLIESE program.
Why I am offering writing classes online
I wanted to offer affordable courses that kids can do anywhere in the world. I also wanted them to be flexible to fit around homework and other commitments kids have in their busy lives.
I enjoyed planning stories and inventing interesting plots – Elizabeth
I found the non-fiction story pyramid really useful – Ginnie
A lot of great information – Eric
I really enjoyed the scenario building – Jess
It was great using the pictures to create characters – Ashlee
I enjoyed asking my character questions and finding out more about them – Bill
I liked learning how to plot stories and characters – Phoebe
My name is Tuti ( Tuti is an Indonesian name meaning a little girl), I am a Malayan Tapir. I come from the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia.
I love water and I can swim well. I am also a great hiker, easily climbing up and down slippery, muddy slopes as I search for food.
I LOVE food, my favourite thing is young, juicy, green shoots but I also like fruit, grass, twigs and water plants. I am a female tapir so I am quite big, I weigh 300kg! Female tapirs are often larger than males.
I am grown up now but when I was a baby I was brown with white spots and stripes- I was so cute.
Speaking of food, AGAIN, I mainly search for it at night. I have a really clever nose and my hearing is excellent. Finding food is getting harder for my family and me.
Tapirs are considered an endangered species which means we could become extinct soon if our home is not protected.
I wanted to join the fun of Writing Classes for Kids, but my friend, Ruth Palamountain thought it might also be a chance for you to learn more about Tapirs and the way we live.
Feel free to write to me: Tutiatwritingclassesforkids*at*deescribe*dot*com*dot*au
Illustrator, Ruth Palamountain lets me do all sorts of fun things and then she draws me while I’m doing then. Ruth met Dee (who started this blog) when they were both at school and they have been best friends ever since.
Ruth trained as a vet and she loves animals so I guess that’s why she’s so good at drawing them. Ruth and Dee both love books, creating, animals and chocolate.
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