Meet Dee White : Masterclass for Teens

11 Jun



Every Tuesday, a post from Dee’s Blog can be found amongst my emails. Her blog follows her writing journey and provides an insight into the real nuts and bolts of writing. ( Dee is a talented artist too!) I look forward to her post every week. So her YA book – ‘Letters To Leonardo’ has been on my reading list for a while now. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a powerful read, putting family relationships, frienship and mental illness under the spotlight and allowing the reader to fully explore the fine cracks and solid bonds that appear when free choice and fate collide. The main narrative of Matt and his family is cleverly juxtaposed with Matt’s school history project – his letters to Leonardo Da Vinci. The letters, not only give us a chance to get inisde Matt’s head, but we’re also exposed to the very human side of this great painter; his trials, struggles and his relationships.

Teens (Years 7, 8 and 9) will have the opportunity to focus on  character development and plotting skills as they discover the process Dee used to create ‘Letters to Leonardo’ Dee’s workshop is part of The Writer’s Masterclass on July 3rd. In her workshop – ‘From Portrait to Prose’, aspiring writers will learn how to develop a character from an image, and use this, as a springboard for creating a compelling story. It’s a not to be missed opportunity to learn from one of Melbourne’s talented YA authors.

You can check out Dee’s website for young writer’s here!



Today Dee Visits the blog to answer

our 10 Quick Questions

Where is your favourite place to write?

The great outdoors

Who is your favourite author?

Sorry I can’t pick one. I read different things for different moods.

What is one of your favourite childhood memories?

Going on a family picnic to Inverloch to watch Hailey’s comet.

Name one essential item you keep on your desk.

My computer.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

My family

What was the best birthday present you ever received?

My brother’s birthday is the day before mine so we say that we are each other’s best and worst birthday presents.

Characters in stories sometimes have special talents or powers. If you could choose an amazing talent or power for yourself, what would it be?


How do you collect and organise your story ideas?

In a very chaotic way that can’t really be described as organised. If I think of a new idea I write about it before I forget it.

What is the best thing about becoming a writer?

Can I pick two?

1. Writing books that change lives.

2. Spending all day dong what I love doing.

What do you find most challenging about being a writer?

Waiting to hear whether my book is going to be published and dealing with rejection when a publisher decides that they don’t want to publish my book.


Thanks for dropping by Dee. We look forward to welcoming you to The Writer’s Masterclass!

Dee White is the author of 16 fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults. She’s a qualified writing teacher and mentor, with a passion for encouraging new writers through her teaching and popular blogs. She has recently returned from a residency in the United States.








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