Post-study reflections

2016-09-28-05-28-49It’s an incredible time for me right now that feels like a beginning, more than an ending. I’ve just submitted my final piece of assessment of my Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. I should feel relieved, excited. I do, but there is a sense of sadness, and a great deal of reflection. There is also a nervous excitement about the time ahead of me, the unknown.

My last four years have been tremendous in all senses of the word. My life has changed in so many aspects, and lives around me have changed. Mum died, throwing my and my offspring’s worlds into chaos. My kids transitioned from children to teenagers, jumping normal adolescent hurdles, and fumbling through more tricky ones. I wrote a tonne of words and found a stable part-time job in the communications world.

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Back on track

Back on trackIt’s been a chaotic year to say the least, and having some deadlines is helpful in providing distractions.

These last few weeks I have been back at uni (RMIT) and work (comms work at a local high school). Not surprisingly, life has rushed on at great speeds without waiting for me to catch up with it. There are things that were screaming at me for attention. So that is what I have given them. Continue reading

Silvia Kwon’s take on writing

The Return by Silvia Kwon

The Return by Silvia Kwon

One of the great joys of doing the RMIT Professional Writing and Editing Associate Degree program is the connections made. As a part of on of the Developing a Writing Project course, we have masterclasses with published graduates of the program. They are student-run panels with the author and graduate talking about their process, book and anything else on writing. Continue reading

Reading different genres

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Some books from the Sweet Valley High series – teenage romance

Do you avoid certain genres when you are looking for a good read? I do.

I am generally a wide, across-all-genre reader and in fact that is one of the things I have loved about being in a book club: reading books I would never consider picking up, and then thoroughly enjoying them. The one that sticks in my mind most is Joan Richmond: The Remarkable, Previously Untold Story from Melbourne to Monte Carlo and Beyond. Continue reading

Sharpen the pencils and the focus

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Old map of Melbourne Technical College, now RMIT. I think Annex 2 may be where I go, which is now Building 94

It’s time to sharpen the pencils and the focus. Classes begin for me tonight. This semester I’m tackling Advance Manuscript Editing and Developing a Writing Project. I have the pleasure of having Stephanie Holt, Editor extraordinaire, and Olga Lorenzo, author and, I have heard, brilliant teacher.

I’ll have the pleasure also of attending Masterclasses with the likes of Sian Prior, Silvia Kwon, Di Websdale-Morrissey (she’s great, I’ve had her previously), Kate Richards, Toni Jordan (also had previously and great teacher), Chris Womersley and Ilka Tampke.

I’m looking forward to really sharpening my nearly complete second draft of my manuscript and gaining insights from this great line-up and class mates.

It is looking to be a brilliant semester. I’m just hoping my daily migraines will settle so I can concentrate.