And here it is, my second news article! I see no reason why it shouldn’t be published in some fashion if The advocate can’t find room for it in the already full broadsheets. My writing seems to have focused strictly on the non-fictional at the moment. While this is a learning experience, I’m missing fiction. I’m going to make myself do so flash fiction this week, damn it! The following article is one I submitted last week for possible publication. I’m currently working on another on behalf of Welcoming Interculteral Neighbours Inc.
Gladstone cultural diversity has seen a steep rise over the past few years, yet we only have one playgroup that reflects the changes within our community. The Multicultural Playgroup, run jointly by Playgroup QLD and WIN Inc., establishes a safe niche for children to learn and play while creating a place of mutual respect, and dignity for family groups. For these families, the playgroup makes a refreshing change from normal as children are encouraged to use both languages in the very same social activities provided by other playgroups. Through exploring the various cultures in a social context these children form an accepting community at an early age – preparing them for a future where communities are certainly going to become far more diverse.
The early years of childhood are important to the development of a child’s social awareness of their world. It is during these formative years that children learn how they should cope with others who are ‘different’ from them. This makes is the best period for forming healthy inter-cultural interactions. As such it would be a mistake to think that the Multicultural Playgroup is purely for those of different ethnic origins. Many Australians could benefit from a deeper understanding of our neighbours, and this playgroup provides a perfect forum. Any and all are welcome to join us. The Multicultural Playgroup is free and runs at the Neighbourhood Center on 105 Toolooa st every Friday from 9:30-11:30.
For more information please visit us at Welcoming intercultural Neighbours at 10 Tank st, Gladstone. We can also be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone on 0487 422 142.
I feel that this one is an improvement on the last article; flowing more fluently with the structure of a proper news article. This style is not a bad fit for someone already experienced with the concision of flash fiction. Hopefully, practice will make perfect and I will be able to get fiction written. Of course, I’ve been keeping myself busy with work for both WIN and the RSPCA and prep for my course starting in November. I like to be busy, clearly.