Tuesday 7 August 2018

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Share Your Story
Writing Competition 2018


We are very proud to announce that you can be published in the Share Your Story Annual Anthology.

Please submit either a complete short story up to 1500 words (no first chapters or to be continueds…) or a poem of no more than 650 words. The theme is "Christmas" and our judges are looking for creative, engaging stories or poems that will appeal to children aged 5 to 12.

We would love you to celebrate the spirit of Christmas, share with us your Christmas story, your memories of Christmas as a child, or what Christmas means to you, or just make something up that kids will love.

You can enter as many times as you like and will receive feedback from the judges on your entry. All work must be original and school students are more than welcome to enter. 
The best entries will be included in an anthology entitled "It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas" to be launched in December, just in time to fill everyone's Christmas stockings and all published authors will receive the red (and green) carpet treatment. 
Entry Fee: $20 per entry
PayPal via the Enter Now button 
Direct Deposit Details on Request


  • Entries open 9am 1st July 2018
  • Entries close 9pm 31st August 2018
  • Email your entry to Michelle Worthington at mworthington(dot)author(at)gmail(dot)com
  • Please include your name, address, contact phone number and title of your entry in the body of the email.
  • If you are under 18, please include your age, Grade and School name in the body of the email.
  • Attach your entry as a Word doc. Please include the title of your entry, your name and email address in the header of each page and page numbers in the footer.
  • International entries are welcome, but must be in English.
  • Don't include illustration notes.
  • If you are offered publication in the anthology, you must agree to have your work professionally edited if required, at no charge to you.
  • Authors retain full copyright on work.
  • The judges decision will be final. No sooking. Santa knows if you have been naughty or nice...
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Tuesday 31 July 2018

Kids can write and publish their own books, with some help!

Is your child an Anne 'with an E'

Kids Can Create Books Workshops 
This workshop is for school aged children who have an idea for a story that they would like to publish.
Whether it is a picture book or longer story, kids can bring their ideas to life, giving style and colour to a story solely created by them.
Award winning international author of empowering picture books for children of all abilities, Michelle Worthington, will give aspiring authors and illustrators the information they need to decide what genre they would like to focus on, how they can create engaging stories and the process involved in publication.
You can find out more about Michelle at www.michelleworthington.com
Julieann Wallace, director of Lilly Pilly Publishing, will give real life examples of the children she has worked with to help them share their stories with the world. Visit www.lillypillypublishing.com for more information.
To get the most out of this workshop, children are required to have a project in mind they would like to work on so they get relevant and constructive feedback and can have their specific questions answered.
Bookings essential as places are limited. Parents are welcome to stay during the event, or take some time to read in the library while the workshop takes place, but we require all parents to stay on site.

For any further information, contact Michelle at mworthington.author@gmail.com

Date and Time


Wynnum Library
145 Florence Street
Wynnum, QLD 4178

Monday 25 June 2018

Tom and Mum's Book Review: Pug's Don't Wear Pyjamas

Michelle Worthington is an award winning author, international guest speaker and publishing coach, but the star of this show is Tom. Tom loves chocolate, cuddles and construction. 
He's also the smartest, most honest and best reviewer in the world.

Pugs Don't Wear Pyjamas is written by Michelle Worthington, illustrated by Cecilia Johannson, 
published by New Frontier Publishing.
When Tom visits his aunt he meets her pug Ellie.
Ellie is no ordinary pug. Wherever Tom's aunt goes, her pug must go too. His aunt dresses Ellie up for every outing.
Tom finds Ellie strange but she makes friends wherever she goes. Tom makes no friends.
He realises something has to change.