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A book by participants in

Voices on the Coast


A book by participants in

Voices on the Coast 2011


All text, images and information in this book is Copyright Judy Barrass and Contributors 2011 backstudio@yahoo.com.au


CONTRIBUTORS Workshops 7th 2011 Judy Barrass Joel Jacob Biggs Sally Bills Max Alex McDougall Anonymous Alyssa S Kay Jesse Jake Chloe Johnstone Madison Isabella Eli Toyya Alana I Dakota Xavier Anonymous


Immanuel Lutheran College, Buderim, and the University of the Sunshine Coast present the award winning youth literature festival Voices on the Coast for South-East Queensland students at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia each autumn/early winter. The aim of the festival is to inspire young people to enjoy the world of reading, writing, drawing and performing through their experiences each year. This book has been compiled from contributions made by participants in Judy Barrass’s workshop at the 2011 festival ‘Low Tech to High Tech’. More information about Voices on the Coast can be found on the festival website at http://www.voicesonthecoast.com.au/


INTRODUCTION The ‘High tech to Low tech’ workshop is about simple ways to put your writing up on the internet. The workshop is also about how to build a ‘story’. You don’t need imagination and you don’t need a storyline before you begin. This is about sharing information. The purpose of most of what we read and write is to share information. Many people earn their living by writing. They include journalists, people who write manuals, textbooks and instructions, speech writers., and public servants. Think about all the things you read. Magazines, newspapers, labels, wikipaedia, advertising, history notes, the cornflakes packet, the small print on your credit card statement, and the instructions on how to use your new Playstation. Someone has to write all that stuff. Mmmm What will I write?

So for this exercise participants in the workshop are asked to forget about being creative and arty and thinking up cool imaginative stories, and to just to write information. They were asked to pretend they were writing for a magazine or a newspaper or a letter, that the ‘story’ is information they need to get across to the reader.


They gathered their information by asking the sorts of questions journalists ask when they are putting together a news story. WHO WHAT WHERE WHY WHEN HOW A story can be written on almost any subject by answering these questions. It sometimes helps to pretend you are being interviewed by a reporter. Or better still, pretend you are the reporter writing a story for a magazine. Or a blog.

Now tell me everything. Who, what, where, why, when, how?


The subject for this book is ‘Something

I Like’

Each participant in the workshop was asked to prepare at least one page of writing for the book, telling us about something they like. Images could also be included. The pages were photographed during the workshop session, transferred to a computer and uploaded to make a virtual on-line book.

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the book.

We hope you enjoy reading about what we like.



Something I Like - Group 3 June 7th