There are many reasons why I write, but I have always believed that a story needs an audience, a reader – a story needs to be heard one way or another. And even when it is scary, exciting and nerve-wracking to expose that vulnerable part of you to others, at the end it is very rewarding to see how other people react to your work, how you as a writer have managed to capture their interest or provoke an emotion out of them. It is always a bit scary to hear your work being read out loud, especially in front of others – nevertheless, the experience is empowering.

The atmosphere in the workshop was amazing, the opportunity to spend time and talk about children’s literature with like-minded people was inspiring. The conversations and comments flowing through the workshop gave me a lot of insight.”

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