Just one more day for two more clever Summer Writing Classes!

August 18, 2016 at 6:48 pm | Posted in Summer writing class, workshops | Leave a comment
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What a week it’s been! I’ve had a fantastic time working with 16 very dedicated writers in the second week of my Summer Writing Classes in Wanchai; 8 kids in the morning (at left, above) and 8 more in the afternoon (at right, above)! It’s been a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun too! Tomorrow is the best day of all, when everyone gets to hear the stories that their new friends have written – I can’t wait!

Congratulations to the students in my Summer Writing Class 8-12 August!

August 13, 2016 at 11:51 am | Posted in Being an Author, Summer writing class, workshops | Leave a comment
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Huge congratulations to the 8 hard-working, enthusiastic students in my first Summer Writing Class last week! At the end of an intensive week of story-planning and drafting, they each produced a highly entertaining tale, with all the ingredients of a great story! With close attention to their characters and setting, attention-grabbing beginnings and thought-provoking endings, as well as a strong story line which followed the correct curve, they wrote stories of which they can truly be proud! I was especially happy to discover yesterday that they’d even worked on their stories at home! They leave the class with a Certificate of Completion, a folder of their work, and a story-planning guide for the future, as well as a list of tips to help them on their journey to becoming great writers. Well done all of you!

Our first Summer Writing Class has started – we’re having fun!

August 10, 2016 at 6:41 am | Posted in children's literacy, Summer writing class | Leave a comment
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Meet the Fabulous Eight – my first Summer Writing Class this year! We’ve been having a lot of fun learning all about Story Planning – and today we start writing first drafts! With magic ingredients like evil genius snails, angry staplers and garrulous guinea pigs, I can’t wait to see the final results!

There are still a few places left in my Summer Writing Class from 22nd to 26th August, so if you’d like to join in the fun, ask Mum and Dad to email me at sarah@auspiciousttimes.com right away!

 

 

 

Hooray! One more Writing Class in August!

August 3, 2016 at 11:47 am | Posted in Summer writing class, workshops | Leave a comment
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There has been a fabulous response to my Summer Writing Classes in August, with 3 classes already fully booked, and still more interest in yet another class! So today I’m very happy to tell you that I’ll be running a further Sarah Brennan Summer Writing Class from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th August!

Details below:

SARAH BRENNAN’S SUMMER WRITING CLASS

So if you’re from 8 to 12 years old, and live in Hong Kong, and want to brush up your writing skills before you start the new school year, here’s your chance, in a fun, hands-on writing workshop! I look forward to working with you!

Just 13 more days to vote in the Golden Dragon Book Awards 2016!

February 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese Zodiac, Hong Kong Schools, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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B-A-A-A-H! Rodney Ram and I would like to remind you that there are just 13 more days to cast YOUR vote for The Tale of Rodney Ram in the Golden Dragon Book Awards 2016! So if you love my shy, romantic, handsome sheep, or you love my books, or you just love lamb chops, and you are a Hong Kong school student or teacher or the parent of a Hong Kong school student, please go to http://www.hkgoldendragonawards.org/voting.html right away to cast your vote!

Helloooo SAIS in Singapore!

February 2, 2016 at 9:06 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Singapore schools, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today I visited my fabulous friends at Stamford American International School in Singapore again, for the first of three great days chock full of writing workshops and reading sessions for the Grade 5s, and talks to parents and teachers about creating bookworms and writers in the digital age too! It was wonderful to see you all, and especially to introduce you to my mischievous Ming Kee Monkey! I can’t wait to work with more of you tomorrow!

 

Fabulous news from Room to Read!

November 20, 2015 at 9:17 am | Posted in Room to Read | Leave a comment
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Chapter-collage-2015-yellowYAY!! As a very proud Writer Ambassador, I’m excited to tell you that Room To Read has just reached – and forever changed the lives – of 10 million children throughout the world! Room to Read brings literacy, books and education to kids who would otherwise grow up into terrible poverty, unable to read or write or study and never able to find a good job. Click here to see some more terrific photos…and to find out about Room To Read’s exciting NEW goal! http://on.fb.me/1WYni9p

And the even more exciting news is that YOU can help them reach that goal by taking part in a funny, crazy challenge at school! Click here to watch a fun video about the fabulous World Change Challenge and make it part of your fund-raising efforts in 2016! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnehk7brz94

 

 

Your time is up and the judging begins!

November 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Huge thanks to all the fabulous writers who have entered my Hair-Raising Halloween Poem Competition! There have been over 120 entries from 24 schools in 7 different cities in 5 different countries around the world! I’m so excited to start the judging today…but please be patient! It’s going to take me some time to choose the winners from such fantastic entries!

Creating Literate, Literary Kids in the Digital Age with ALEA Nth Sydney

August 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This afternoon I had the huge privilege of talking to ALEA Nth Sydney about how to create literate, literary kids in the digital age. Those who know me will know how passionate I am about this subject, and how concerned I am about the over-exposure of children to digital toys and devices, as well as the increasing use of digital technology to deliver education in primary schools. We talked all about the latest studies from around the world indicating the vital importance of children being regularly immersed in the deep reading of print books, as well as troubling data coming out of studies in Europe and the States about reading on screens. It’s a fascinating subject, and one that needs careful study by educators everywhere. Special thanks to my hosts Alix McKittrick, Virginia Outram and Robyn (pictured above to my left). And many thanks to the 50+ teachers and librarians who attended for your feedback and participation.  Thanks also to Wendy Rapee of Room to Read who told the ALEA members more about Room to Read‘s essential work in promoting and building literacy in third world countries.

The World Change Challenge begins in Hong Kong!

May 30, 2015 at 9:52 am | Posted in Bookshop event, Hong Kong Schools, Room to Read | 1 Comment
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Room to Read team with CEO and founder John Wood (centre), Jennie Orchard (4th from L), Jodie Mullen (8th from L) and Hong Kong authors Nury Vittachi (1st on L), Sarah Brennan (6th from L) and Bhakti Mathur (7th from L).

On Wednesday evening Room to Read’s World Change Challenge kicked off here in Hong Kong! John Wood, CEO and founder of Room to Read, Jennie Orchard (Co-ordinator of  its Writer Ambassador Program) and Hong Kong writer ambassadors Bhakti Mathur, Nury Vittachi and I, spoke to a lovely crowd of teachers, librarians and supporters at Growhouse in Central about the fabulous, fun World Change Challenge for school students! The challenge was started by Aussie kids and teens author Tristan Bancks,  and you can read more about it here:

http://www.tristanbancks.com/2015/05/room-to-read-world-change-challenge-2015_28.html.

So click the link to discover all the great ideas and fun you can have to help EVERY kid your age get an education and a lifelong love of reading. And if you want to help, you can start talking to YOUR school right now about getting involved!

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