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Debra Tidball


Debra Tidball

Master of Children’s Literature

Macquarie graduate Debra Tidball's new book When I See Grandma tells the tale of two children who visit their grandmother in an aged care home and do their best to make memories with their Grandma. The children's vitality brightens the lives of their grandmother and of the residents of the once bleak aged care home.

Before enrolling at Macquarie, Debra was timid and self-conscious of her works. She believes her postgraduate studies helped her build her confidence and developed her writing.

Debra Tidball author "My postgraduate studies gave me the confidence to put my writing 'out there' - workshopping with others to improve my manuscripts, and sending it to publishers. It gave me an understanding of and ability to apply narrative concepts that helped shape my writing."

She chose to study at Macquarie because it was close to home she could do most of the subjects externally. She says she was also inspired by the course outline and range of subjects. The combination of theory and creative writing subjects broadened her knowledge and skills.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my postgrad studies at Macquarie. When it came time for the creative subjects, I was incredibly nervous to read any of my own work out loud, or critique others, but Jane Messer's workshops were always respectful yet incisive, responding to student needs and creating a collegiate atmosphere of trust and good will amongst a very diverse group of students. In the end they couldn't shut me up! I also appreciated the way the practice of creative writing further informed and made sense of the concepts studied in the prior units."

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About the Master of Children's Literature

(Previously called the Master of Arts in Children's Literature)

Turn your passion for children's books into a specialist postgraduate qualification! Macquarie is a world leader in the field of children's literature and our innovative postgraduate program considers children's books and films from the perspective of literary and cultural theory, as well as their social and historical contexts.

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