Island Life by David Slack


Your new career

Here’s something to think about over the weekend. Would you like to come to Devonport and write the next Harry Potter?

Jill Marshall is on Public Address Radio this Saturday afternoon (Radio Live 5.00 pm). Eight years ago she gave up her management life to take a Masters Degree in Writing for Children. She graduated in 2002 and moved to New Zealand, bringing with her the idea for a series of children’s books that has turned into a splendid U.K. publishing success. She writes, she consults, she mentors, she runs workshops, all under the business banner of Write Good Stuff. She’d like to help another writer enjoy the same good fortune she’s had.

This is where the Harry Potter idea comes in. Jill has funded a ten week residency at the Michael King Writers Center for a children’s writer. It runs from late July to late September 2008. You’ll be living in a historic home on the side of Mt Victoria in Devonport. Your room has an ensuite bathroom, office area, double bed and access to the kitchen and the rest of centre. During your residency you’ll work on a manuscript for children. You don’t need to be published already; you may be published in other genres.

The residency includes:
- up to 10 weeks paid accommodation in the Michael King Writer's Centre between July 21st and September 26
- mentoring from Jill Marshall
- potential access to an agent at the end of the project
- access to the local writing and school community in Devonport
- a training course with Write Good Stuff at the end of the tenure

You’ll have to meet the cost of travel to and from the centre and your living costs.

How do you apply? Send a one page CV, a synopsis or outline of your proposed project, and a sample of up to 10,000 words, to:

Write Good Stuff
PO Box 46116
Herne Bay

by no later than 30 June 2008.

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