This semester at my university I started taking literary classes to study and look at writers and their work to gain a better understanding of how it works, with the hopes that this would improve my writing skills and my method’s behind it.
This first semester I took Children’s Literature, a subject I have grown to love and adore. Not only is it a fascinating subject, my lecturer is exactly the kind of person that I want to be. She has an understanding for the traditional owners of this land, she has this natural cool style about her that is totally herself and no-one else. The kind of person that I respect and am glad that they are in the world.
Apart from studying books and films, I have also learnt a lot about authors and how they create a body of work to push a certain agenda, something that I was blissfully unaware of (and happy to be!) but now realise that it is not a lovely, cozy group of besties who write books for children, they are writing for themselves and their ideas.
Some of them are even writing to recapture their romantic ideals of childhood, when life was innocent and adventurous. When life hadn’t kicked them in the balls and turned them into bitter and cynical adults. Not all of them are like this though, and don’t worry I am not turning into one of them!
I have learned about the Indigenous ignorance of author’s, fun words like “heteronormative” (which has become one of my all favourites!) and how much children’s literature (and film) themes can effect how the child see’s the world and relates to other people. Something I never really considered until I studied this course.
My lecturer was kind enough to read the portions of the book I have written so far and provided me with some valuable feedback, resources and most of all encouragement to keep going. I do not take this lightly at all, it is something that no-one has ever done for me before, especially having so much knowledge about the industry and field.
A lot of people have given me a lot of negative feedback about my writing and abilities, I can definitely say that I have come along way and would like to thank them for being so negative, because you know what, you helped me get better. You gave me the determination to study my arse off and get better, so thank you.
I will always keep learning, always keep growing and I feel like I am ready to power on with my children’s novel with a lot more knowledge and understanding of just how big an effect this will have on children’s lives.