Murdoch University English and Creative Arts student, Kevin Price, launched six volumes of the Born Storyteller series to a packed lecture theatre at UWA on Sunday 26 February at the Perth Writers Festival.
Born Storytellers is a unique program developed by Mr Price, which teaches professional practices and processes of story writing, and results in the publication of young authors' work.
Since it began in 2005, Mr Price has delivered the program in more than a dozen Western Australian schools and writers centres. He’s also edited and published more than 400 young authors in 31 volumes.
“The great joy for me is when I walk into a classroom and see students deeply engaged in reading work written by their peers. Classroom teachers tell me that Born Storytellers books are popular because they provide students with a short read, subject matter they can relate to and a voice they can identify with,” he said.
Mr Price has been a writer for 25 years and decided to study a BA in English and Creative Arts in order to further his ability to apply his working knowledge in helping young aspiring authors reach readers, and develop the rigour of the program.
“The scope of study at Murdoch has enabled me to engage in the way creative writing is taught in our university program as well as gain a deeper understanding of literature, and its contemporary trends, and refine my editing practice,” he said.
“The academic expertise available provides the Murdoch student with a wonderful combination of, and access to, the breadth and depth of study required to develop new thinking. I’m inspired here by academics and postgraduate students who continue to push the boundaries of the discipline.”
Following his graduation, Kevin will continue to study toward a Graduate Diploma of Education to facilitate his work in government schools. Further postgraduate work will look toward the development of a pedagogical discipline for story craft as a necessary component of the English learning curriculum.
The Born Storytellers books can be found in most good bookstores or online from the Born Storytellers website.