Hazel Edwards



“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

"As a writer, you live more intensively, using participant-observation. You do things, using all senses, knowing you will write about them afterwards."

Hazel's three hints to aspiring writers are: "Write regularly. Persist. And always consider your reader - who are you writing for?"

  1. Lockdown Writing During Pandemic 
  2. Hazel's Articles on 'How to Write'
  3. Videos for Aspiring Writers
  4. Books and Workshops for Aspiring Writers 
  5. Useful links -Literary links & professional organisations

1. 'Lockdown' Writing During Pandemic

Many at-home families are seeking reading and writing activities.

Try downloadable, free activities here.

1. Hazel's 10 Minute Writing Challenge.pdf Hazel's 10 Minute Writing Challenge.pdf  Time limits.

2.  Write a Birthday Story as a Gift for a Child in Your_Family.pdf

3.  Compliments Jar.pdf  Cheer up with home-made compliments.

4.  J' Accuse.pdf  In Court. Water is on trial, accused of destroying people and property. Fun script to act/record.

5. Embarrassing Moments.pdf  Luckily/Unluckily easy story to share on Skype or Zoom.

 6. Hazel's Ideas for Stories_.pdf   'What if?' story starters.

7. River Snag Role-Playing Script.pdf  problem-solving, scripting & acting could take a week.

8. T for Title Story.pdf Link your favourite author's titles into YOUR new story.

9. Swap 'Snail Mail' Word Games: During Lockdown of older family, drop home-made word games on doorstep.

Grandfather Word Games

10.Scrabble Dog Cartoon Strip.pdf: design 3 frames about funny stuff during the Lockdown.

e.g. Dog poo with a difference when letters are eaten and dropped.

Scrabble Dog Cartoon Strip

11. Pandemic Pet.pdf : Make up a pretend pet friend. Draw it. Picture book links.

 12. Vegetable Garden of Guesses.pdf, Sample Clue: A sneaker near the beans = runner beans. Families are making veggie gardens, but this is VERY different. Give clues. Make guesses. Story provided.Illustrate it.

13. Lockdown Log: Each day write ONE GOOD THING which happened around your place. Draw it. e.g. Go on an Alphabet Walk and identify an object for each letter a-z.  

14. Family (10 minute) Gallery: Self-portrait in 10 minutes. Turn one wall into an art gallery. Each day, add 10 minute sketch  of a family member or a gift drawing for them.Add date.

Family Art Gallery

15. Dance-Song: Exercise to your own dance song. Try Larrikin Puppets simple moves with catchy lyrics in 'Dance Like a Unicorn'  Make puppets from 'stuff' around your place.

Larrikin Puppeteer

16. Recording Picture Books:  Audio record ( with sound effects) or film your own stories.Special copyright permission has been given during the Pandemic, to record published picture books for schools and library use by at-home students.Browse Hazel's website for others.

17. Making your own e-book series. Read one as a family serial  (sitting outside in fresh air). Then write your own 'What happens next?'

Check here for activity sheets  and  Alchemy links to Hazel's e-books. Start with 'Astrid the Mind Reading Chook'  a sleuth who rides a Harley.

Astrid the Mind Reading Sleuth

Or 'Project Spy Kids' series, or the 'Frequent Flyer Twins' series even if nobody can fly at present.

Books help you travel anywhere.

Project Spy Kids

18. Simple Orienteering  (STEM activity) Map your house or garden. Mark 10 places with numbers. Jot numbered clues on list.

Suggest activity at each place e.g. Throw ball into bucket 3 times, with 'other' hand. 

Re-use map with different clues. Easy reading , junior mysteries Gang O Kids were written when our family used to orienteer.

The 'tech' has dated, now we have GPS etc ,but the stories work. Make up new mysteries using these characters.

19. Young Brothers Jack and Harry published their own picture book 'The Little Green Frog' about resilience.

The frog keeps trying.

the Little Green Frog

20.  Designer Book Mask

Hippo Book Mask

My kind neighbours Mary & Angus designed me Hippo book masks for the Pandemic.

Design your own.

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Check the following articles and videos for strategies on how to craft your ideas and words.

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2. Hazel's Articles on How To Write

Writing for Different Purposes, Diverse Audiences and Getting Published 

Writing History

Different Writing Techniques

Considering the Reader

 Five cake for The Hundreds and Thousands Kid  Quintana,'The Hundreds and Thousands Kid' who is a 5 person.

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3. Videos for Aspiring Writers

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From Seven Steps with thanks 

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4. Books and Workshops for Aspiring Writers

       Complete Your Book in a Year

     Anthologies give a taste of different stories and writers:  'Trust Me Too',anthology contains  Hazel's  satirical 'Tag' story about  tattoos, graffiti  and copyright. W.I.P.article about writing'Tag' (60.41 KB) is a useful student or teacher resource. Third anthology 'Rich and Rare' , listed for CBCA Awards, includes Hazel's 'Scam' story.

    Hazel offers a range of workshops, tutorials and publications to help aspiring writers.   

    Books & Workshops

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    5. Useful links -Literary links & professional organisations

    Australian Society Of Authors
    www.asaauthors.org

    ASA logo

    National organisation for authors which provides contract advice, the stylefile showcase for illustrators ( www.thestylefile.com) and professional support. Suggested fees for author speaking, and information about rights such as ELR and PLR (Educational Lending Rights and Public Lending Right) and CA payments (Copyright Agency Licensing) which are important income sources for writers.  

    PO Box 1566 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 Australia

    Australian Society of Authors

    Suite C1.06 22-36 Mountain St Ultimo NSW 2007 Australia

    T: (02) 9211 1004 | F: (02) 9211 0125 |

    CA- The Australian Copyright Management Company
    www.copyright.com.au

    Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
    www.scbwi.org

    International organisation of authors and illustrators which offers marketing and conferences.

    The Australian Chapter  www.scbwiaustralia.org

    Society of Women Writers (Vic)  

    Encourages the enjoyment of writing whether beginners or published.

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    Useful links - Publishers of Hazel's Books

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    Useful Links - Other Australian authors and illustrators

    Listed below are other Australian authors and illustrators who write for children, young adults and other genre

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      Events & Appearances 2021

      Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

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      2021 

      JANUARY

      Jan 12th   ZOOM U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Complete Your Book in a Year

      FEBRUARY

      14th-20th Society of Women Writers Vic  Book here. 'For the Love of Writing' Festival 

      Feb 16th ZOOM  'Role of New Media'

      Feb 20th  12.15  ZOOM with Suzanne Gervay 'The Two of Us: Collaborating' 

      MAY

      May 4th 6pm Rivoli Camberwell  Dymocks 21st celebration  Book

      May  7th  Photo shoot  Seven Steps Writing .

      JULY

      July 6th 12-1pm  Tamworth Library Zoom.

      AUGUST

      Children's Book Week 

      Aug 5th Zoom about Hijabi Girl :Torrens Primary ACT

      SEPTEMBER

      Australia Reads Ambassador 


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