WHEN nine-year-old Alex Curtis found out physicist and author Ruben Meerman was coming to WriteFest to present a workshop, he could barely contain his excitement.
"He's so cool. I want to make You-Tube videos and he's going to talk about ways to use online platforms for sharing stories,” he said.
"I love the way he makes science exciting, and I want to be able to make my Minecraft videos exciting.”
Although looking at stories from a different angle, Alex is following in his grandmother's and aunties' footsteps.
"They write books, and I have already written one story and am working on my second, but I also want to use videos to share my ideas and stories.”
Alex's grandmother, author Sandy Curtis, is thrilled her grandson wants to learn storytelling techniques.
"Whether you are writing a short story, novel, play, movie or radio script, or a non-fiction work, you have to tell your story in a way that captivates your audience and keeps their interest to the last page or scene, and Ruben's workshop will help you do that,” she said.
Ruben's writing career began in 1999 when he concocted a fake crime story for kids to solve using forensic science, and he's also been a presenter on Catalyst, Roller Coaster, and Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer. Sandy said she's pleased to see the wonderful talent in this year's WriteFest, organised by Creative Regions as part of the CRUSH Festival.
WriteFest will be held on October 8 and 9, with a literary lunch also on October 9. For more information visit www.crushfestivalqld.