Award-winning author mentors Oakhill College students

Award winning advice: John Larkin's guidance has been particularly valuable for year 12 extension English students. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Award winning advice: John Larkin's guidance has been particularly valuable for year 12 extension English students. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Award-winning author John Larkin is involved in Oakhill College's Writer In Residence program this year.

Every Friday, the winner of the 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards mentors the students on the art of writing creatively.

Larkin has been a professional soccer player, trolley boy, factory hand, forklift driver, computer programmer, educator, librarian and comedian.

The Shadow Girl and Spaghetti Legs are just two of more than 25 books he has written for children, teens and adults.

His novel The Shadow Girl will soon be made into a film.

He is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers for children and young adults in the country with his stand-up comedy show about the creative process called I've Been Eating Paste.

"Creative writing is a skill most students find challenging, and so having someone who is a published writer in residence, who can mentor them through their planning, writing and editing, is invaluable," teacher Rose Garafano said.

"John's stories are stomach-splittingly funny," teacher Thu Vo said.

"He entertains as he inspires his audience to consider the ways they can transform their stories and observations in an extraordinary way."

■ This article was written as part of the Hills News’ and Oakhill College’s Adopt a School program.

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