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Student author program

Student author program
Stacey Mair

Having your own book published at any age is an achievement but for 15 girls in Years 5 to 9 from across Bayside Melbourne have done just that through the Mentone Girls’ Grammar, Enterprise Academy’s Author Accelerator Program.


The Enterprise Manager at Mentone Girl’s Grammar, Christian Williams said, “This program provided girls with a passion for reading, writing and illustrating from all over Melbourne, the opportunity to develop ,write and publish their own books.”

“We believe in supporting girls achieve their dreams and this program was designed for those girls who one day hoped to become published authors. For those girls when their books go on sale next week, it will be a dream come true. That’s the power of Enterprise Education.”

On Thursday 25 July, at Dymocks book store in Westfield Southland, the girls, their families and shoppers celebrate a very special book launch with the students’ books on display and available for purchase.

The program, supported by Ren Barlow from the Children’s Literacy Gift foundation, saw the girls learning from experts in the industry including, best-selling children’s book author, Felice Arena who has topped bestseller lists and garnered several awards, including six Australian Children's Choice Book Awards; Jasmine Vanhoorn an EA Accelerator graduate and acclaimed author & Illustrator of Lily The Miracle Making Mermaid, a bi-lingual children's story book for English and EAL students; Anna Spargo Ryan who has 15 years in digital marketing and writes for The Guardian, Overland and Daily Life, and James Button, who is a two time Walkley Awards winner for feature writing, acclaimed author, Prime Ministerial Speechwriter and former opinion editor and deputy editor The Age.

“This program has gifted these girls with the feeling of empowerment – It’s helped them to become their own heroes. It’s taught them that with dedication, imagination and a little inspiring guidance the sky is the limit… Priceless,” Said Year 6 parent Lisa Breen.

 “Every part of the Authors’ Accelerator program was fun, educational and funny. I think I am confident in my ability to succeed and feel proud of what I did in the Enterprise Academy,” said Annabella in Year 5.

“I am extremely proud of my work. I am a lot more confident now because of all the support. I have grown in confidence, creativity and I believe in myself more, ” said Paige in Year 6.