“Publishing Journey” school incursion, and short-story writing workshop
Ms Rieschieck, Drouin Secondary College
Some of our English students were fortunate enough to participate in an incursion with literary agent and emerging author, Danielle Binks. Inviting students into her world, Danielle shared what her journey to becoming involved in the publishing industry was like, from being a student herself through to working as a literary agent and what is involved in being the voice for authors, to becoming an emerging author and sharing her own writing with the world. Students had plenty of questions to ask, and Danielle willingly answered all of these and then some, along with sharing a number of valuable resources with students, such as places they could begin looking to get their own writing published! It was a brilliant day session for all involved and students walked away with plenty of inspiration. Some students even sought out some of Danielle’s recommended collections, which makes my Literature-loving heart very happy.
Students had the following things to say:
‘Danielle was amazing, it was so rewarding listening to her speak about what she does for her profession. She gave extremely good book recommendations, and made it very relevant to the topics we discussed in class. I am extremely excited to read her books coming out.’
—Taylah, Year 10
‘This incursion was a very enjoyable experience. Danielle is a funny person and is easy to relate to. She included the audience in her presentation and got through everything quickly so it wasn’t drab and boring. I was part of both talks and while fairly similar, there were some changes: she skipped out some parts that she didn’t feel necessary and added in some things to add to the creative writing aspect of it as we were the creative writing class. Near the end she got us to write a short story in a fashion where we had to keep writing non stop, so no room for editing or stopping to rethink, just spewing out words onto the page as they came. This was something I had never done before and was good in a way to force my brain to work quickly and efficiently.
Overall, I really enjoyed both talks, despite being very similar and directly after each other. Danielle had a good sense of humour and was very knowledgeable and informative. She enlightened myself, and likely others, on what being an author is really like, especially the steps that come after the actual writing process like editing and publishing. I will definitely be taking a lot from this incursion and using it in the future.’
—Phoebe, Year 9.