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07.01.19 - Best-selling British Author Inspires Students’ Creative Writing

Following the success of Reading Zone Live with popular children’s author Emily Jenkins, who sometimes uses the pen name E. Lockhart, we were delighted to take part in another unforgettable online author interview session. This time we were joined by best-selling British author of young adult fiction, Holly Bourne.

Holly is the author of best-selling novel Am I Normal Yet? and several other critically acclaimed books. Year 8 students Naomi Hutchinson-McKay, Kitija Williams and Evie Midgley found the whole experience immensely rewarding and took away some brilliant tips for creative writing and beating writer’s block.

Holly said: “I’m a big believer in the fact that you can’t edit a blank page. Accept it’s not going to be perfect and get the first draft out. If you don’t know what to write then keep a diary and write what happens, it’s a great way to tap into your own voice and it’s also very empowering.”

Holly’s top three tips for writing are:  

  1. Read a lot  
  2. Write a lot  
  3. Know that what you have to say has worth and you are the best person to tell your story.

Catherine Purcell is Ockbrook School’s librarian: “The value of a Q&A with a critically acclaimed novelist is priceless so we were delighted to be invited to participate in another Reading Zone Live session.

“Holly proved to be warm and honest during the interview and delivered some brilliant tips for creative writing. Our library currently stocks three of Holly books; all are available to borrow and some copies are even signed.”

Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for ‘Best Print Journalist of the Year’. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction.  

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