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Floating cars, ice-cream that doesn't melt, books downloaded into your mind - secondary school students in the Geelong region are being asked to turn their visions of the future into poetry, short fiction, essays, song lyrics and articles for a new book being compiled by students from Deakin University.
The title of the book is Imagine and the forces behind it are Words@Deakin, a society of literature and writing students, based at the University's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and writer, poet and Deakin lecturer, Dr Maria Takolander.
"Imagine is a great project on a number of levels," Dr Takolander said. "Words@Deakin is a group of highly committed, talented and enthusiastic students and they are really excited about putting the writing and publishing skills they are learning to use on this project.
"I think for the secondary students being invited to submit material, the project is an exciting opportunity to put their creative skills into action to develop a vision of what they think the future holds and then potentially see that vision in print!"
Dr Takolander is currently contacting secondary schools in Geelong with details of how to submit contributions for Imagine. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2010.
Imagine: an anthology of Geelong secondary school writing is being funded by Deakin and the University is also supporting a special launch for the book, currently being planned for October.
For more information about Imagine email firstname.lastname@example.org.Dr Maria Takolander is a lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University.