Please enjoy Max Turnbull's (Year 10) account of the Year 8 to 11 Writers' Retreat.
Writers’ Retreat was a two-day excursion during which we had the awesome opportunity to meet famous writers at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, take a tour
of the Quarantine Station at Manly, and participate in a writing workshop based on fascinating historical items.
I was inspired by the talks about how several authors overcame major problems in life, like unemployment or rejection from publishers. I found it challenging
that they faced so many challenges on their way to becoming even semi-famous authors – and I have so much respect for the fact that they could get
up after all they’ve been through and talk about how they’re now releasing their sixth book or writing a script for a movie that’s about to come out!
I hadn’t realised that resilience and tenacity were such important qualities for being a writer.
Another exciting aspect of the Writers’ Retreat was the tour of Manly’s Quarantine Station. I enjoyed this because the station played a big part in Australia’s
history. For me, the best part of the tour was doing an exercise where we went through actual luggage from decades ago to examine it, and then wrote
stories about it.
My advice to students who want to be writers would be: read more. I know that if I were to read for even half the time I spend gaming I would definitely
find it easier to write than I currently do! That’s why I’ve recently cut back on how much time I spend gaming and am trying to read a book per fortnight.