Planting Literary Seeds

Early Harvest workshop 1

So those emerging writers are everywhere these days, but have you heard about emerging editors? No? Well let us introduce you to the talented Early Harvest Editorial Board. A group of upper-primary students from five schools in the inner-west of Melbourne ran, that’s right, RAN, into the Early Harvest workshop yesterday, so keen were they to get started on creating a literary magazine. And not just any literary magazine. Early harvest (the magazine) will be a shiny, colourful, fun-filled publication containing work from both young people and not-so young people. How do we know? Cause that’s what the editorial board told us it would be!

Between now and September, these keen-eyed young editors will work with professional writers, illustrators, editors, designers and others to conceptualise, create and publish early harvest. We can’t wait to see what they come up with (and which famous authors they may/may not be interested in publishing), but if you can’t wait until the launch of Issue 2 in November then get your hands on the first early harvest now!


Early Harvest is a collaborative project run in partnership with Davina Bell of harvest magazine and Emma Hewitt. Early Harvest gives young people the opportunity to develop new skills in writing, publishing and editing, as well as confidence in themselves as creative individuals.

This project is made possible by funds from St George Foundation.

100 Story Building is excited to be working with incredibly passionate and talented people on Early Harvest.

Emma Hewitt is an illustrator and creative program coordinator. She has designed and faciliated innovative programs for children and young people across Australia and overseas and is currently managing programs for 9-17 year olds at the State Library of Queensland. She illustrates weekly for and is a co-founder of Early Harvest.

Davina Bell is one of the co-founders of harvest magazine and Early Harvest. She’s also an editor in the Young Readers department at Penguin Books and an author of children’s books. She has worked and volunteered with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and with special needs, both in Australia and overseas.