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FCC Library has been taking mixed year level groups of students to experience the Melbourne Writers Festival for the past three years and will do so again in 2016. The people who create the program for these festivals decided that it would be a good idea to get some student input for the 2016 and 2017 line-ups and hence the MWF Youth Program Advisory Committee was born.
Footscray City College was approached to be one of the two schools involved in the inaugural committee and these 13 keen readers have already contributed their input to the MWF Program Manager, Jo Case. Jo visited the college library for the first Youth PAC meeting in March where she picked the brains of our bookish kids and got some great insights into the interests and reading habits of teenagers. They will have more meetings with her later in the year to provide their feedback on the upcoming festival and in preparation of the 2017 festival program.
These students were also invited to contribute their opinions to the MWF blog and Hamish Drummond of Year 8 wrote this great piece called Feminism and Fan Fiction which was published on the site.
FCC Library and the Youth PAC look forward to working closely with the Melbourne Writers Festival team in the future to create some fascinating, educational and entertaining programs in the years to come.