From the Publisher
First Story aims to celebrate and foster creativity, literacy and talent in young people. We're cheerleaders for books, stories, reading and writing. We've seen how creative writing can build students' self-esteem and self-confidence. First Story places acclaimed authors as writers-in-residence in state schools across the country. Each author leads weekly after-school workshops for up to sixteen students. We publish the students' work in anthologies and arrange public readings and book launches at which the students can read aloud to friends, families and teachers.
From the Author
Some of the pieces you find published
here have been written with rules and challenges, such as Only
write in dialogue or write something by picking three words randomly
from a hat. There are also pieces here that have been written
and developed independently away from the group, and I feel
honoured to be permitted into this more secret or private world
of writing. There are pieces here that are provocative, dark
narratives and also stream-of-consciousness writing; there is
brilliant work included here, written from a place of light with a
message of positivity that I personally find uplifting and joyful.