Today, we feature an interview with the incredible, the amazing, the truly astonishing Michelle Worthington. Michelle is part of the Greenleaf Talent Team and does a number of school and preschool visits for us throughout the year.
She is also one of our very special guest presenters at the inaugural Sunshine Writers Retreat (Nov 9 - 12).
I don't know about you, but I have the feeling that 2017 is absolutely flying by. At the end of last year, I put into place some big plans to run the very first Sunshine Writers Retreat, to be held at Montville on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
With these grand plans in mind, I set about finding a suitable location (done!) and securing some wonderful presenters (done!). I also secured grant funding from the Sunshine Coast Council to assist in making this marvellous event a reality.
Now, as the year flashes by and we close in on the Sunshine Writers Retreat in November (9 - 12), I'd like to include some focus interviews with those wonderful creatives who will be presenting and teaching our attendees at the retreat. Michelle Worthington is our first author to feature in this interview series.
The Sunshine Writers Retreat will be three and a half days of glorious writing, learning and networking time. The retreat concept has a wholistic approach to story, or manuscript, development. It's suitable for those writing for adults and children. Our residential, on-site accommodation packages sold out incredibly quickly and we are now into overflow accommodation. Selected spots still remain.
We also offer Day Visit Packages for those who live locally or those who only want to come for specific days over the 3.5 day retreat. https://goo.gl/JqEujv
Friday Night Dinner Packages are available for those who wish to come along to connect with the retreat attendees and hear literary agent, Alex Adsett speak. https://goo.gl/JqEujv
Limited Publisher Manuscript Assessments are still available with Rochelle Manners, owner and publisher at Wombat Books. https://goo.gl/JqEujv
Professional Photography Sessions are also available on Friday 10 November. If you need a new author or illustrator photo taken, now is the time to get one! They're very reasonably priced. https://goo.gl/JqEujv
You can find out more about the Sunshine Writers Retreat at: http://www.greenleafpress.net/sunshine-writers-retreat.html. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you enjoy this interview with Michelle Worthington. She is a true star of the Australian children's publishing industry!
Can you tell us briefly about yourself and the style of books you write?
I am an award-winning author of empowering picture books that celebrate diversity. My goal is for children to fall in love with books and reading, regardless of their level of ability, and to promote literacy internationally.
Which of your characters do you most identify with and why?
Hootie the Cutie was the first book I wrote based on my own experiences growing up. I was always the smallest owl in the wood and was underestimated as a result.
What is your favourite inspirational writing quote?
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
What is your favourite place to be when writing?
Being a busy Mum of three boys, I have been known to write manuscript ideas on the back of a McDonald’s napkin, a Medicare Receipt or on my phone at football matches, but my favourite place to write is sitting at my kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee and something bad for me to eat.
What experience do you think most shaped your journey as an author?
Rejections have always been something that haven’t frightened me, even though they are disheartening and can lead to bouts of overconsumption of Cadbury’s chocolate, and I find it empowering to get feedback from publishers on my work. I think my rejections have shaped my journey in the sense that it has prompted me to refine my writing style, do more research before submitting and get rock solid on the “why” behind my stories and my career as an author.