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May 21, 2018

Read, Write, Draw, Debate: The 2018 Schools’ Program is Now Live

Whether it’s crafting the perfect character, penning poignant hip-hop or bringing your own fantastic beasts to life, Australia’s largest literary festival for students has plenty to keep the next generation of creative talent occupied this August. Crammed full of discussion, debate, performance and practical pointers, our Schools’ Program spans over 70 sessions and more than 60 speakers including Australia’s most […]

May 30, 2017

How I Think About Writing for Children

By Martine Murray Thanks to the launch of the MWF Schools’ Program, the spotlight is on children’s and YA literature this month. This week, we turned to How to Make a Bird author Martine Murray, who currently teaches a writing for children course at Melbourne’s Faber Writing Academy, for some thoughts on writing for the little ones. As far as […]

May 25, 2017

Intern Blog: My Top #LoveOzYA Picks

By Angel Gouvas I began reading young adult books when I started high school and have been in love ever since. There’s something about books written for teens that capture something so incredible, it’s hard to ever stop reading. These books explore family, friends, romance, heartbreak, coming of age – life, in a nutshell. And while I […]

May 31, 2016


Modern culture is very diverse, and the internet has made sharing your voice and opinion the easiest it’s ever been. Whether you’re sharing where you’ve been or what you’re writing, the internet has changed society as a whole. I love fan fiction. It takes me, and other people, to places they have never been. Even […]

May 14, 2015


Bridgette Van Diepen from Nossal High School, Berwick shares her experience as runner up in last year’s inaugural Paper Cuts competition. Secondary school students were invited to create a book trailer (short film) of their favourite book or design a book cover in any media. Rushing to Penguin Offices in Docklands one unusually warm winter […]

November 20, 2014


Something unexpectedly beautiful happened recently in a series of six post-MWF events, held at the Wheeler Centre, that I thought was worth sharing. I was lucky enough to be involved in talks alongside Gabrielle Wang and Valanga Khoza, who, like me, write for young people. We addressed a total of about 800 children who’d been […]

May 12, 2014


Meet the MWF Schools’ Program director, Mike Shuttleworth. Mike is a youth literature activist, organising events and writing about youth literature since 2002. Most importantly, he is the director of the MWF Schools’ Program. Get to know him in the only way that makes sense, through his favourite books. Tell us about your favourite YA […]