Wheeler Kids: How to Make a Movie in 12 Days

Wheeler Kids: How to Make a Movie in 12 Days

Orson Welles did it with Citizen Kane. Greta Gerwig did it with Lady Bird. Sometimes the first movie you make is just a straight-up masterpiece. Why not get started early?

At this online school-holiday workshop for young storytellers, run by middle-grade author Fiona Hardy, kids can do exactly that. Hardy is the author of How to Make a Movie in 12 Days – about a young girl, Hayley Whelan, who dreams of making her own horror movie. When Hayley's grandma dies, she inherits the money for a real movie camera. But strange things start to thwart Hayley's production, even before the camera is rolling ... 

Hardy kicks off the workshop by talking about how she wrote the book, and performing some readings from this hilarious and entertaining tale. Then, inspired by Hayley Whelan's dedication to her craft, participants can get stuck into some screenwriting exercises of their own and have a chance to ask Fiona questions. Kids can come with ideas of their own, or just with starry eyes and open minds. Hardy talks character, plot and pace as kids lay the foundations for their first film projects.

Participants will need pencils and paper – and you can find activity sheets for use during the session here.

Suitable for children aged 9–12 years old. 


Portrait of Fiona Hardy

Fiona Hardy

Fiona Hardy is a kids-book writer, crime-book reviewer, and all-books bookseller. From the wide-eyed work experience days at her local bookshop, she has stayed in the industry for nearly twenty years, and now works as one of the managers at Readings. Since a much-praised four-sentence retelling of Alice in Wonderland in grade one lit her writing flame, she has written for publications such as the Big Issue, Books+Publishing, Verity La, and Gargouille. She joined the Australian Crime Writers Association, the team behind the Ned Kelly Awards, in 2013, and in 2016 she was shortlisted for the Text Prize. Fiona lives in Melbourne with her partner and daughter.