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Deepen students’ interests and skills in creative writing. Learn directly from some of Australia’s top authors. Practise different creative writing forms and gain technical tips in these intensive learning experiences offered at La Trobe University.

Creative writing workshops are available at the Melbourne (Bundoora) and Shepparton campuses.

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Truth, fiction and the here and now

Curriculum: Years 9/10/11 English

Dates and Locations:

  • Melbourne: 16-26 July; by arrangement in August; 2-6 Sep

Duration: 2.5 hours

Cost: $25 per student or free to schools with ICSEA <1000 + bus cost reimbursement

Capacity: 25 students per workshop

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Everyone has a story to tell but sometimes it is hard to shape a story from real life. Drawing from the past, the present, their friends, families and the world around them, students explore how to shape stories inspired by real life experiences.

Presented by Kirsty Murray, one of Australia’s leading prize winning authors. Learn directly from Kirsty about how to write for clarity and power and sharpen plot, structure and genre. Gain insights and tips into the analytical reading of texts and be inspired by her sense of joy in storytelling.

Young Writers’ Awards

Curriculum: Year 10 English

Dates:

  • Entries Open: Mon 15 July 2019
  • Entries Close: Fri 23 August
  • Top 10 notified: Mon 14 Oct

How to enter: Submit via the Entry Form page 

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Love to write? Enter an original short story or poem (800 - 1000 words) into the Young Writers’ Awards for a chance to win great prizes. Entries must incorporate the nominated theme.

This year’s theme (2019) is LOST PROPERTY.

Open to current year 10 students studying in Victoria and in guest border schools.

Judged by the Department of Creative Writing and La Trobe Alumni writers, journalists and educators.

Top 10 celebrated at the Young Writers’ Award Night with families, teachers, judges and guests.

For inspiration, check our the previous top 10 entries at Young Writers' Awards Anthology 2018 [PDF 368KB].

Developing story structure

Curriculum: Years 9/10/11 English

Dates and Locations:

  • Melbourne: By arrangement from end July - September

Duration: 2.5 hours

Cost: $25 per student or free to schools with ICSEA <1000 + bus cost reimbursement

Capacity: 25 students per workshop

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Whether your story is about a teenager surviving high school or a unicorn surviving the apocalypse, you are still going to need structure. Learn how to create well-rounded, complex characters and then build those characters into strong story structures.

Presented by Lili Wilkinson, one of Australia’s leading prize winning authors. Learn directly from Lili about how to write for clarity and power and sharpen plot, structure and genre. Gain insights and tips into the analytical reading of texts and be inspired by her incredible stories.

Science fiction and futuristic stories

Curriculum: Years 9/10/11 English

Dates and Locations:

  • Melbourne: By arrangement from end July - September

Duration: 2.5 hours

Cost: $25 per student or free to schools with ICSEA <1000 + bus cost reimbursement

Capacity: 25 students per workshop

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Imagining the possibilities of how our world will change in the future can be thrilling. Combining this with creating rounded characters, and a plot to drive readers to the end of the story, this workshop delivers the tools to bring imagination to life in story form.

Presented by Michael Pryor, one of Australia’s leading prize winning authors. Learn directly from Michael about how to write for clarity and power and sharpen plot, structure and genre. Gain insights and tips into the analytical reading of texts and be inspired by his awesome storytelling.

Write gripping adventure stories

Curriculum: Years 9/10/11 English

Dates and Locations:

  • Melbourne: Monday and Friday from end July - September

Duration: 2.5 hours

Cost: $25 per student or free to schools with ICSEA <1000 + bus cost reimbursement

Capacity: 25 students per workshop

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The adventure genre offers great scope for students to practise problem solving in storytelling, writing realistic action scenes and creating a compelling narrative arc. Adventure fiction ranges from urban stories to historical to outback adventure and more.

Presented by Kelly Gardiner, one of Australia’s leading prize winning authors and La Trobe University lectures. Learn directly from Kelly about how to write for clarity and power and sharpen plot, structure and genre. Gain insights and tips into the analytical reading of texts and be inspired by her sense of joy in storytelling. Watch out for the sword!

For enquiries please contact ASSC outreach (+61 03 9479 1197 ) or make a booking