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  1. Deborah Benson says:

    Hi Dee,
    I subscribe to Buzz Magazine and I have had a chance to catch up on issues I had missed. I am a kinder teacher and very interested in providing the environment to assist chdn with the concepts of developing stories. I would be very interested in your techniques and how I can adapt them for young children of 4 or 5yrs of age. I am considering providing a ‘Thinking Table’ and giving the chdn the tools of creating a story.A group of children did this by themselves one year and the whole group benefited from this ongoing activity.I live on the peninsula and wondered if you will be having workshops down this way or whether I can learn from you by electronic communication? Have a happy xmas time cheers Debbie

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for your enquiry. It’s wonderful that you are encouraging these young kids to write/create. Even with very young writers, the principles are still the same. A story is about someone that something happens to and it takes place somewhere. I have collected a box of little characters that kids love. They are things like finger puppets, animals, motor bike riders, fairies etc. I keep them in a box and the kids get to pick a character they like the look of and develop a story about that character. Some kids like to work in groups and they include all their characters in the story and others like to work alone. I ask them who, what, why, where, when, how type questions. I basically talk them through the story but they make all the decisions. So I ask them things like who is this character? What is their name? Why are they here? What has happened to them? What do they think might happen next. I have pictures of different settings, houses etc and they pick the one they like and this could be the setting for their story.

      Another great way is to use existing stories like ‘There Was an Old Sailor’ by Claire Saxby which is along the lines of “There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly”: and you get the kids to substitute their own characters etc and they make up a story based on the things that their kids swallow.

      Feel free to email me if you have any other questions. Dee*At*Deescribe*dot*com*dot*au

      Hope you have a merry Christmas and have a wonderful time with your young writers.


  2. I read your writing competitions which the dateline is on the 31st 2012. I wonder when is the announcement of the winner for that competition? and how will you inform the contestants? and if they win anything, how will you send the prizes? will it be via mail?

    • Hi Luna,

      We receive a lot of entries in our competitions so the announcement of the winner is likely to be late January. The prizes depend on what category you are entering. Children win books and adult winners get a manuscript assessment. Winners are notified by email and book prizes are posted to the winners.

      More information about the competitions and prizes can be found on the competitions page


      The prizes

  3. Hi,i

    Is this an international competition for kids? if yes, I would be delighted to enter as I live in Dubai.


  4. Hi Venika,

    This competition is open to people anywhere in the world but entries must be provided in English. Children are free but there is a $10 entry fee for adults to cover book prizes, international postage and administration.

    Happy writing:)


  5. Leo Muldoon says:

    Leo is an 8 year old boy who likes to write stories. How do we begin?

  6. Hi there,
    I am excited to say that I just purchased a writing lesson from you however, I am not sure that you have any contact for me. The e-mail I have an paypal is outdated. I
    Thank you,

  7. Hi Dee,

    I notice that my son enjoy’s writing. Sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it doesn’t. I would like to encourage him to write and came across your website. He is 8 years and reads widely. Can you guide me as to where to start?


    • Hi Johti,

      It’s perfectly normal for kids who are 8 to have varied stories like that. Sometimes the ideas in their head are so big and it’s hard for them to get them down on paper. The best thing you can at this age is to encourage your son by finding the good parts in his writing and praising him. The more he reads and the more he writes, the better he will become. You can also talk to him about books he has read and ask him things about the writing. Why did he like the book? Did he like the way the author started it? Why did he like it etc? This will get him thinking about his own writing. At this stage you don’t want to stifle him by putting too many rules or limits on his writing. You can encourage him to enter competitions like the one on this blog. I also have an online writing course for kids aged 8-10 but I would only recommend something like that if your son really really wants to do it. If he feels under pressure it could put him off writing. I hope this helps.


  8. Hi Dee,
    Just purchased one of your writing package program and didn’t realise you were in the US? So how would this work as I am in Perth Australia?

    • Hi Johti,

      I’m not in the US, I’m in Australia (although I am visiting the US in October). The courses are done online so you can do them from anywhere in the world. As soon as I receive confirmation of your payment from PayPal I send out the first session.

      I hope this answers your question.


  9. Hey
    I am 16 and I am a passionate writer. Can you suggest me sites that hire you as their writer regards sidhhant. I also want to send you my write up that made me win a gold medal in the royal common wealth essay writing competition held by the royal commonwealth society

    • Hi Sidhant,

      I’m so glad to hear that you love writing. Unfortunately, I can’t suggest any sites that hire writers. Sometimes local newspapers will take articles from freelance writers. You could try there.

      Congratulations on your gold medal win. That’s a fabulous achievement. I’m really pleased for you. Unfortunately I’m in the middle of some very tight writing deadlines and I don’t have time to read your essay, but it’s a great thing to keep for your writing portfolio.

      Keep up the awesome work:)


  10. Hello Dee,

    My son is a 4th grader. His school teacher has concerns that he has difficulty writing his ideas on papers, or he has no idea how to start writing an essay. Also, he is also weak in writing mechanism. After visiting your website, I have a question: if I purchase the writing course from you, how would you interact with him to guide him through writing?

    thanks for your help,

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