Year 12+ Writers Group

July 14, 2020

I have been running writers groups for young writers for about seven years now. The last few months, the group has been running online via Zoom. Recently, I had a request from one of my regulars to start a group for students 18 and over, as she was about to …

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What I’ve Read – May 2020

June 1, 2020

Shutdown continued during May, although we’re getting much more used to being at home unless we absolutely have to go out. Life is calmer and settling into some sort of routine. I was able to finish listening to Cilka’s Journey on audiobook and started listening to Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty. I …

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Learning for the sake of learning

May 4, 2020

I am one of those strange people who likes learning for the sake of learning. I get irritated when I see comments about kids not learning because they aren’t in school as I know that learning can happen anywhere! There are facts in my head that I have no idea …

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What I’ve Read – April 2020

May 1, 2020

All of April was spent in social isolation. It’s been strange for everyone and I know I’m not the only one who is feeling a mix of being settled and safe, and climbing the walls just wanting to get out of the house! I haven’t got as much reading as …

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Helping kids with creative writing

April 27, 2020

Term 2 in Victoria is seeing most school children doing school work from home. I’ve heard a lot from parents complaining that their children are struggling to write while at home. Over the years I’ve been working with young writers, including my own children, and homeschooling my own kids on …

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Read for Fun

April 24, 2020

During the week, I watched a video called Why I Don’t Like Reading. This got me thinking about my own reading habits. It may surprise people to know that I don’t always like reading. Don’t get me wrong, I love books. I love stories and full bookshelves. I love browsing bookshops …

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover