Inspiring Young Writers

May 14, 2021

For a number of years, I’ve been running a Young Writers Group with the Monash Library in Mount Waverley. I have so much fun with the young writers and so do they. Sometimes I’m not sure who is having more fun – me or them! Yesterday was no different. We …

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Startup Gippsland

March 30, 2021

If you haven’t already heard, last year I took the leap and bought the Junior Writers Club. This is one way I can expand the writers groups I’ve been doing at the library for years, the one that I think How can I do this as a career? after just about …

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Diverse Picture Books

March 4, 2021

My 19 year old son is currently studying Early Childhood at TAFE and recently did a unit on cultural diversity. He asked me to get a few picture books from my collection that represented diversity for one of his assignments. I went through and picked out six books, one was …

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Remember: Story is Key

February 21, 2021

When I was a kid, my family went to church every Sunday. The church we went to put an importance on storytelling. They would have a kids talk that covered the same topic as the sermon, and many adults commented that they got more out of the kids talk than …

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Random Words Writing Prompt

February 19, 2021

This afternoon in Virtual Writers Group, the kids requested a random word writing prompt. This is a prompt where I give five random words that may or may not be related, and then you come up with a story that includes those words somehow. I picked five words and they …

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Young Writers Group 2021

February 12, 2021

Yesterday, we had our first Writers Group session since COVID-19 caused Victoria to lock down in 2020. I was excited to be driving down the freeway to Melbourne to catch up with the members of the Monash Young Writers Group as well as the amazing staff at the Monash Library …

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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