by Jack Lawrie
A GROUP of up-and-coming young writers have seen their first work published.
Last Thursday, Monto State High School held a launch for the release of Recipe for a Story, a compilation of all the stories published by students who attended the Growing Young Literary Artists in the North Burnett workshop.
This workshop, funded by a Regional Arts Development Fund grant, saw 26 students from Monto State High, Burnett State College and Mundubbera State School attend a writers' retreat at Cania Gorge, hosted by author Michael Gerard Bauer.
The retreat was held to assist students with creative writing, and required each of them to write a story based on an identity, location or piece of history in the North Burnett.
Monto State High student Bridget Zlotkowski chose to write her story on Beautiful Betsy, the historical World War II bomber crashed at Kroombit Tops.
"I actually hadn't heard the story before and it really interested me, so I thought I'd do one on that,” Miss Zlotkowski said.
Teacher Claire Anderson said the retreat was aimed at the kids on extension programs to give them the opportunity to showcase their effort and ability.
"I read all of (the stories), I'm really impressed with the students we've chosen, they've taken a big jump from doing the retreat,” Ms Anderson said.
Michael Gerard Bauer did not attend the launch himself, but sent a video message to the students ahead of time.
"I know as an author what a thrill it is to see all the work and effort finally come to fruition,” he said.
"It's a tough journey and a wonderful achievement, you should be very proud of yourselves.”
In addition to the print book launch, the students' stories have also been launched on a website available for viewing at www.nbyoung