Students excited by writing? You bet!

At the schools programmeCassandra Clare was one of several young adult authors on the programme for high school students at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. She held the attention of several hundred students with ease as she answered some perceptive questions about the writing process.

Schools from as far away as Hamilton had made the trip, and the students were interested in all sorts of things – her opinions on Draco Malfoy (hard done by as a character), whether her work would be available in graphic novel form (yes) and how she got to be where she is now.

There was a refreshing buzz in the air as they queued to get books signed. I spoke to a couple of students in the line, Rebecca and Charlotte from St Cuthberts. Rebecca was literally jumping for joy after seeing Garth Nix and Sean Williams; Charlotte had been to Cassandra Clare’s session, as had Anna and friends from Hamilton. Teagan Johnson also shared her thoughts.

[4min, 3.7Mb .mp3].

2 thoughts on “Students excited by writing? You bet!

  1. bronnypop 13 May 2011 / 7:52 am

    Yes, it’s always great to see the schools at the festival. The speakers are amazing, and the kids are so keen. We only managed to catch the Q&A part of Cassandra Clare’s session, but it was so cool to see the audience really invested in the whole topic, and there were dozens and dozens of hands waving, waiting to ask questions. I’m going to be interviewing Cassandra tomorrow, as well as catching a session with some of the fantasy writers later on, so we’ll have heaps more to share with you then.

  2. mj 13 May 2011 / 11:35 am

    I loved hearing how enthusiastic the punters are. And wish they’d given Cassandra Clare a standing ovation – that would have been so awesome.

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