Author Journal · Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr's author diary: the journal following a writer's working life and the progress of new books, from idea to manuscript to publication.
Dragonfly Song News: Awards, North American Release, and Blog Tour
3rd Nov

Dragonfly Song News: Awards, North American Release, and Blog Tour

Since the last update, Dragonfly Song was awarded the CBCA Honour Book for Younger Readers, 2017. It was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Award for Children’s Literature, and in the USA,…
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NaNoWriMo is here
3rd Nov

NaNoWriMo is here

NaNoWriMo is nearly here! Are you ready for that big push to write 50,000 words of first draft in a month? Since I’ve got a second-draft deadline for the starting date here’s…
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September: StoryArts Festival Ipswich, Brisbane Writers Festival, and Historical Novelists Conference
3rd May

September: StoryArts Festival Ipswich, Brisbane Writers Festival, and Historical Novelists Conference

StoryArts Festival Ipswich on Sep 4 – Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature The biennial Ipswich Festival of Children’s began in 1995 providing FREE sessions for children and low cost session for adults…
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How to survive Literary Awards
11th Apr

How to survive Literary Awards

‘How do you feel about Dragonfly Song being on the CBCA 2017 Short List?’ an interviewer asked. ‘Are you just, ‘Oh, ho hum, shortlisted again?’ She was quite shocked when I said…
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Rhinoceros poems and strange things writers do
7th Nov

Rhinoceros poems and strange things writers do

I always love hearing from readers, but some requests are more unusual than others. I received this letter from Germany on Friday. They also enclosed copies of verses they’ve received from Doris…
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Rhinoceros poems and strange things writers do
7th Nov

Rhinoceros poems and strange things writers do

I always love hearing from readers, but some requests are more unusual than others. I received this letter from Germany on Friday. They also enclosed copies of verses they’ve received from Doris…
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My Top 5 First Draft Tips
21st Oct

My Top 5 First Draft Tips

With NaNoWriMo creeping steadily closer, I thought I’d give my top 5 tips on pushing through your first draft.  Sometimes I need to remind myself of my own rules, so even if…
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Blending traditions – pumpkin pie for AFL grand final
7th Oct

Blending traditions – pumpkin pie for AFL grand final

Part of being a migrant is developing your own rituals, blended from your country of origin and your new home. That holds true even for privileged migrants like me – privileged in…
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Difficult to judge; delightful to read: the Environment Award for Children’s Literature
8th Sep

Difficult to judge; delightful to read: the Environment Award for Children’s Literature

I was thrilled to have Rescue on Nim’s Island win the Environment Award for Children’s Literature, fiction, and the Puggles award in 2015, so I was honoured to be one of the…
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The gift of bonded pair rescue cats – Harry the Rescue Dog’s Rainbow Street Animal Shelter blog
28th Aug

The gift of bonded pair rescue cats – Harry the Rescue Dog’s Rainbow Street Animal Shelter blog

Harry the Rescue Dog hasn’t posted in his Rainbow Street Animal Shelter blog for a while, so in penance, we’re sharing a cat story today. Australian edition Have you heard of bonded…
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Dragonfly Song Giveaway:  Books & Skype Talks
29th Jul

Dragonfly Song Giveaway: Books & Skype Talks

Kersey Creek’s photo from OneSchoolOne Book Have I ever said how much I love Skype talks? I think the biggest percentage I do are with schools in the USA that are studying…
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Dealing with Writers’ Block – Part 1: Letting go of the previous story
13th Jul

Dealing with Writers’ Block – Part 1: Letting go of the previous story

I’ve never really believed in writers’ block – but I do think there are a lot of different reasons why we might have trouble writing at any one time. And right now…
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