Meet Emilie Zoey Baker and Bernard Caleo!

24 Mar

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Our next Masterclass for young writers will explore the power of words.

Now writers know that words are powerful, but sometimes, getting them to do exactly what you want them to do, can be tricky. In fact, let’s face it, it can be downright frustrating! But when we practise what I call, ‘writing small’ (that is capturing details and creating vivid word pictures and imagery), our writing can really surprise us. So if you’re thinking poetry and comics are lightlight players in the writing department – think again. Mastering the art of playing with words makes the difference between good and great writing and writers!

And of course, if we’re exploring and mastering a new artform, we need to work with people who have walked the path before us. (You can read about the positive benefits of working with authors here.)

Enter Bernard Caleo and Emilie Zoey Baker.

Two writers who make a living out of writing small: Bernard Caleo does this through the genre of comics and Emilie, through poetry

Together they refine words down to their very essence and ignite our imaginations with powerful imagery. Today, they both visit the blog to answer ten quick questions about writing and life.

Meet Emilie Zoey Baker! Here goes Emilie…

1) Where is your favourite place to write?

  • Everywhere! I like going out and discovering new nooks and crannies.

2. Name one of your favourite authors?

  • I just love anyone who can string words together like a necklace.

3. What is one of your favourite childhood memories?

  • The first time I climbed a tree, I stayed up there for three hours.

4. The one essential item I keep on my desk is…

  • I keep coloured pencils next to my computer which I use when I need to not think for a moment.

5. What couldnʼt you live without?

  • Chocolate.

6. What was the best birthday present you ever received?

  • A surprise trip to Vanuatu!

7. If you could choose an amazing talent or power for yourself, what would it be?

  • I’d have all the world’s knowledge.

8. How do you collect and organise your writing ideas?

  • On tiny bits of coloured paper, all over the house.

9. What is the best thing about becoming a writer?

  • Finishing!

10.What is the most challenging aspect of being a writer?

  • Starting.

You can read more about Emilie here!

 

 

Okay Bernard, now it’s your turn. Ten Quick Questions starts now!

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1.Where is your favourite place to write?

  • Fave place to write: Phillip Island. Fave place to draw comics: kitchen table, when I’m home by myself.

2. Name one of your favourite authors?

  • Edward Lear.

3. What is one of your favourite childhood memories?

  • Reading old black and white Australian reprints of American superhero comics on holiday at Bonnie Doone on Lake Eildon.

4. The one essential item I keep on my desk is …

  • a little pot of black India Ink.

5. What couldn’t you live without?

  • Libraries.

6. What was the best birthday present you ever received?

  • A model of an island.

7. If you could choose an amazing talent or power for yourself, what would it be?

  • Photographic memory.

8. How do you collect and organise your writing ideas?

  • Notebooks.

9. What is the best thing about becoming a comic book maker?

  • Becoming a comic book maker: that is, making comics and understanding how to make them better.

10. What is the most challenging aspect of being a comic book maker?

  • Making time to work.

You can learn more about Bernard’s work here!

If you would love your child to spend a day with Bernard and Emilie, mastering the art of playing with words and images, click here for The Writer’s Masterclass Program.

 

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