School Visit


An illustrator/author friend, who is also a wonderful art teacher, invited me to run two writing workshops for her Year 2’s at Wesley College yesterday. I left the peace of our bush home around 7.15 a.m. to join the parade of vehicles fighting for survival along the Eastern Freeway, like matchbox cars in a race.

1 ½ hours later I reached my destination just as parents were dropping off their students. The sight was reminiscent of a scene in the movie ‘Mr Mom’ where Michael Keaton innocently takes the exit instead of the entrance on his way into school. That was me, almost.

Once I’d sorted out the parking I was warmly welcomed into the school and taken to the wonderful library where I worked with two groups of enthusiastic, eager and very creative 7 and 8 year olds.

There was an interesting moment when, to give four boys the idea of ‘action’ in story, I threw myself flat on the floor (a demonstration of a frog basketballer who has shirt-fronted a pole in the middle of a game and bounced off it) when a teacher, who I thought was the principal, strode in. The look on his face was priceless – my face probably wasn’t much better as I tried to elegantly pick myself up from the floor.

I survived that and the ‘good work noise’ that was happening throughout the sessions. It never ceases to amaze me the exciting words children can produce, when they are given a sprinkling of ideas and suggestions and the freedom to let their imaginations fly.

And the still silence when I read them ‘Flame Stands Waiting’ and ‘Queenie’, was priceless and reminded me again, of why I write.

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  1. Sue Corinne, Bruce and I have been giggling at your dramatic efforts! So gorgeous. Knew you'd have a ball!
    April 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton
      corinne I don't think anyone took a photo at that point - probably for the best.
      April 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm · Reply
  2. Kaye Baillie Hi Corinne, really enjoyed your blog. It takes courage for me to talk in front of kids so it sounds like you did a marvellous job. Love the action examples! I bet the kids thought it was great.
    April 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton
      corinne It's practice and obviously I totally forget where I am! Thanks Kaye.
      April 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm · Reply
  3. Sheryl Gwyther Would love to see you in action, Corinne!:P
    April 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton
      corinne Ha! The flat out on the floor bit wasn't pretty. Tx. Sheryl.
      April 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm · Reply
  4. Gabrielle Wang And you were so beautifully dressed in three quarter length skirt and top...It's good to play the part. I bet the kids had a giggle.
    April 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton
      corinne Yes, overalls would probably have been better. Tx. Gabi.
      April 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm · Reply
  5. Chris Bell Corinne, love your hands-on demonstration of "action". What a masterful "show" don't "tell. Mesmerised silences - so thrilling. :)
    April 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton
      corinne and very spur of the moment. Tx. Chris.
      April 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm · Reply
  6. Karen Tayleur Corinne, loving your new website and the blog is like having you live nearby!
    April 11, 2011 at 8:27 am · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton
      corinne Thanks Kt. x
      April 15, 2011 at 9:10 am · Reply
  7. Clare Sheahan Great to read your blog Corinne.
    May 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton
      corinne Hi Clare. Nice to hear from you. How's your writing going?
      May 25, 2011 at 7:41 am · Reply

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