Thank you to the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English for booking me to deliver a workshop about using fictional techniques in non fiction. This was the most nervous I have been delivering a presentation as my audience were teachers! It was a lovely day and I received some great feedback and shared my presentation to support teachers with teaching memoir writing.
I also got to see Maxine Beneba Clarke delivering her keynote presentation and a workshop on writing poetry and they were great sessions. In the last session of the day I went to the NGV and did a workshop about using art to inspire writing and it was so much fun and always a treat to be among beautiful artwork.
I don't have any photos of the day, because I was so nervous, so here are some photos of my tag and Maxine's books. Each delegate received a copy of How Decent Folk Behave and I bought her latest poetry collection for young people, It's the Sound of the Thing. Looking forward to reading them. Also am shamelessly copying Maxine's post of taking a photo of my badge so I can write this post.
To the teachers out there, I'm available for school visits or to deliver professional learning about memoir writing. Check out my website.
Was honoured to be invited to write a post for Sheppards and so I chose my passion, own voices YA books and wrote about some of my favourite writers and books.
One of the best things I did was begin a news and events page for my website that I update as soon as something happens. When I'm feeling that I'm not moving forward, I look at it and realise how much I have accomplished.
In my news so far I have appeared on the radio twice, had 13 memoir pieces published, launched an online course with another coming, was featured in Writer's Digest, published two audiobooks, narrated my memoir into an audiobook, launched an online book club, delivered two workshops at libraries, will present at a conference, and was interviewed by a instagram blogger. Whew. It's been an awesome year so far.
Radio appearance on ABC Evenings with Raf Epstein to promote Teacher, Teacher anthology piece 'Nothing is Unfixable' published by Affirm Press, 02.08.23
My piece 'Nothing is Unfixable' published in Teacher, Teacher anthology: Stories of inspirational educators by Affirm Press. 28.07.2023
Published Alma's Loyalty as an audiobook 23 July 2023
Published in Teacher, Teacher anthology by Affirm Press, 25.07.23
Met my mid-candidature milestone presentation. Read about it here.
Appeared on ABC Radio Sydney Evenings with Indira Naidoo talking friendships based on my SBS Article Can you come back from a friendship fall out. Listen here.
Launched my mother daughter bookclub Words We Share.
My daughter things "Daddy loves Mummy more", SBS Voices, 06.06.23
Can you come back from a friendship fall-out?, SBS Voices, 05.06.23
When I feel like a fraud, I know it’s a precursor to something big and new, SBS Voices, 31.05.23
Launched Sassy Saints Merchandise.
Narrated and launched my audiobook Things Nobody Knows But Me. 11.05.23
I live in St Albans and we're not all criminals, The Age 08.05.23
The 10 second rule that made me a better listener, SBS Voices, 03.05.23
My piece about competing in the hardship olympics with my daughter was posted on @SBS_Australia insta and has over 3500 likes. View here.
Featured in Writer's Digest for their IndieLab Author spotlight feature talking about self publishing and establishing my small press, Pishukin Press. Read online here.
Was interviewed by Thuy on for this piece on ArtsHub about being both a teacher and a writer. Read here.
I was told to marry into my own faith. My daughter will get to choose, The Age, 05.04.23
Three bestselling Australian authors you may never have heard of, ArtsHub, 03.04.23
I learnt not to compete in the ‘hardship Olympics’ with my daughter, SBS Voices, 29.03.23
St Albans essay in Meanjin, Meanjin, Autumn March 2023
Launched an online grant writing course that includes a step by step guide, a successful funding application and a list of grants in Australia. View here.
Life as a professional podcaster and narrator, ArtsHub 07.03.23
To update or not to update, that is the question, ArtsHub 22.02.23
Spotlight Finally Shines on Cypriot-Australian Poet Koraly Dimitriadis extract of ArtsHub Article, National Herald, 13.02.23
Ethnic female artists are ringing their own bells, ArtsHub, 13.02.23
Artist in Residence at Hunt club community and arts centre, 03.01.23
Wednesday 20 September to Tuesday 26 September 2023, online Writing NSW Introduction to Writing from Life
Friday 11 August 2023, VATE Ideas Lab: Teaching English in the Middle Years Conference at RACV City, Using Fictional Techniques in writing non-fiction
Did a Instagram live interview with Mirela Cufurovic, 12.07.23
Mon, 22 May 2023, 6pm-8pm, online, Wyndham City Council-Writing Workshop-Writing for Competition.
Feb-4 week memoir writing workshop at Caroline Springs Library that is free to the public. Book one session to book all four. On Wed 1 Feb, 8 Feb, 15 Feb, 22 Feb.
Got gussied up today and travelled to the city to promote my piece Nothing is Unfixable in the Teacher, Teacher anthology on ABC Evenings with Raf Epstein. Was great to share stories of inspirational teachers and hopefully ways I inspire my students. Was proof listening my audiobook The Climb on the train so a well accomplished day. Might have a reel to share with the interview in the next few days. Also my debut for my new handbag.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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