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Not everyone gets the chance to get insider info on bestselling writers. Lismore library has partnered with the Byron Writers Festival and StoryBoard to bring a range of publishing industry professionals to Lismore’s young writers.

Lismore Library’s Creative Writing Masterclasses are free events with something everyone and this week Míša Alexander and Siboney Duff will be guest presenters at the venue.

Published illustrator, Míša Alexander will share secrets of her craft with the primary school group. Ms Alexander is a mother of three boys, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum.

Inspired by the need for more inclusive schools and communities, she co-created and illustrated Fergus & Delilah, a children’s book changing a generation’s view on disabilities.

Míša is Canadian born, but has lived on the Northern Rivers of NSW since 1997. She has worked as graphic designer and illustrator for over 20 years in various studios around Australia as well as internationally for the United Nations as part of the Electoral Commission in East Timor and  Afghanistan.

Siboney Duff’s workshop will cover a broad range of creative writing skills, extending across the secondary curriculum.

On the same afternoon the high school group will have guest presenter Siboney Duff, to present a ‘Preparing for HSC English Creative Writing’ workshop. Siboney is a writer, editor,and teacher. She has been running workshops for children and adolescents for over 25 years and is passionate about fostering creativity and encouraging writing.

Siboney’s workshops cover a broad range of creative writing skills, extending across the secondary curriculum.

She has been a HSC marker of both Extension 1 and Extension 2 English, so she knows what the assessors are looking for.

Even if you are not working towards the HSC, Siboney’s workshop will be a fascinating insight into writing and creativity.

These free events are at the Lismore Library from 5pm until 6.30pm on Thursday 19 March. The library will even be providing excellent pizza to quell the hunger and keep everyone on track!

Creative Writing Masterclasses run every second Thursday during school terms, for 10 to 18 year olds.

For further information, phone the library on 66212464.

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