Students of Kew East Primary tapped into their creativity when Melbourne author George Ivanoff paid a special visit to their school on Friday 28 July 2017.

The award-winning author, who writes for children and teens, treated students to an inspiring talk followed by a workshop.

His visit was part of the City of Boroondara’s Writers in Schools program, which teaches local children about the importance of writing and how to put their creative ideas to paper. George Ivanoff is a big believer in the benefits of creative writing for kids.

“It’s good for the imagination, and a great way to develop vocabulary and communications skills,” he said. “It’s also an excellent outlet because writing is good therapy!

“I enjoyed it a great deal, they were a great bunch of kids with some wonderful teachers.”

Having been a judge for many children’s writing competitions in his time, George has seen this therapeutical dimension at work. “It doesn’t necessarily happen at a conscious level, but things that bother them often make it into their stories,” he said.

‘Writers in Schools’ is part of the Boroondara Literary Awards, conducted in partnership with the Rotary Club of Balwyn.

Entries for the 19th Boroondara Literary Awards are currently open. Entry is free and there is more than $8,500 in prize money to be shared. Winners will also have the opportunity to have their work published in the Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology 2016.

The Awards are comprised of two major sections. The Open Short Story competition is for literary works between 1,500 to 3,000 words. This competition includes the Keith Carroll Award for the best entry by a Boroondara resident.

The Young Writers competition includes categories for poetry and prose. It is open to students from Year 5 to Year 12 - and young people not in secondary school aged 15 to 18 years, who live, study or work in the City of Boroondara. Writers have until 5pm on Friday 25 August 2017 to submit their stories.

For more information and or to submit your entry, visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/literary-awards or contact the Literary Awards Coordinator on 9278 4036, or via email.

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