IT is not every day that you get the chance to meet and learn from your idol, but for 20 young aspiring writers from across Hobart, recently, that particular dream came true.
On 15 April, Hobart LINC gave young fantasy enthusiasts the chance to feed their imagination with a unique writing workshop run by special guest Lynette Noni.
Australian debut author of fantasy novel “Akarnae”, Ms Noni shared her expertise on the art of creating fictional worlds and characters.
Ms Noni said she attended the workshop in between Supernova pop culture events in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
“My parents were travelling around Tasmania and so I decided to come down and surprise them,” she said.
“It was an honour to participate in the workshop and the kids were amazing.
“They were like sponges – soaking up the knowledge – and they seemed to genuinely want to be there.
“I’m basically a baby author and so it was great to have the chance to do something like this.”
Ms Noni said her secret to creating rich fantasy worlds was an overactive imagination.
“I’m constantly creating worlds and characters in my mind that I wish were real,” she said.
“I just enjoy myself and have fun with it. I write the story that I want to read.
“In my opinion, the most valuable thing I have to offer young writers is my enthusiasm – I love the chance to share my passion and help these kids find their own.”
Hobart LINC information services coordinator Leisha Owen said the event was tailored to children aged nine to 12 and was extremely popular.
“We were thrilled when we heard that Lynette was looking to come down here and it coincided nicely with National Youth Week (10-19 April) and our school holiday programs,” she said.
“The workshop had a nice mix of theory and practice and there was the added bit of sparkle because Lynette is a published author.
“It made it more real and tangible for the kids when she showed them her published book.”
Ms Owen said it was great to see the diverse range of kids that attended and that she was pleased with the end result.
“We were very happy to see an even number of boys and girls, as we usually have a majority of girls attending our events,” she said.
“We definitely hope to run more workshops like this in the future.”
To learn more about Lynette Noni visit http://lynettenoni.com