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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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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.

Truth, fiction and the here and now

Curriculum: Years 9/10/11 English

Dates and Locations:

  • Melbourne: By arrangement
  • Shepparton: By arrangement

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

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!

Young Writers’ Awards

Curriculum: Year 10 English

Dates:

  • Entries Open: 13 July
  • Entries Close: 21 August
  • Top 10 notified: 12 October

How to enter: Entries have now closed for 2019

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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].

Creating characters

Curriculum: Years 9/10/11 English

Dates and Locations:

  • Bendigo: By arrangement

Duration: 2.5 hours (10:00am - 12:30pm)

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

Capacity: 25 students per workshop

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How we create a character isn’t always easy to explain. It’s often a mysterious process, even to the writer. Some arrive in dreams, some step fully formed onto the page. In this workshop, students will share their own creative processes and use objects as a starting point to create and develop the inner life of a fictional character.

Cath Crowley is a teacher and author of fiction for young adults. Her novels include The Gracie Faltrain trilogy, Chasing Charlie Duskin, Graffiti Moon, Words in Deep Blue and Take Three Girls, co-written by Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell. Graffiti Moon and Words in Deep Blue both won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction and Take Three Girls won the CBCA Book of the Year for older readers in 2018.

Kickstart poetry

Curriculum: Years 9/10/11 English

Dates and Locations:

  • Bendigo: By arrangement

Duration: 2.5 hours (10:00am - 12:30pm)

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

Capacity: 25 students per workshop

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After listening to a short reading from Adam Ford's own poetry, each student will attempt a range of simple poetry techniques, including:

  • cutup poetry
  • list poems
  • haiku
  • poems about family and friends
  • found poetry

Adam Ford is the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird and Not Quite the Man for the Job, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians. Dance to the Anticlinal Fold is Adam’s spoken-word walking tour about geology, history, landscape and deep time, which was featured in the 2019 Castlemaine State Festival.

Old stories, new stories

Curriculum: Years 9/10/11 English

Dates and Locations:

  • Bendigo: By arrangement

Duration: 2.5 hours (10:00am - 12:30pm)

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

Capacity: 25 students per workshop

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Where do stories come from? How can we find them in our daily lives and grow the ones lurking in our imaginations? In this workshop students will explore ‘old stories’ - myths and fairy tales - in order to make new stories. Using ourselves as source material - our own histories, memories, and experience - students will create new myths and fairy tales that are unique and personal. Students must bring a photograph that sparks a vivid memory, a meaningful object, and something to write on and with.

Simmone Howell is the author of Girl Defective, Notes from the Teenage Underground and Everything Beautiful. She teaches creative writing and mapping workshops and lectures in young adult fiction. She is currently working on a novel as well as a non-fiction book about people, places and things.

Are you a secret scribbler?

Curriculum: Years 9/10/11 English

Dates and Locations:

  • Bendigo: By arrangement

Duration: 2.5 hours (10:00am - 12:30pm)

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

Capacity: 25 students per workshop

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Are you a secret scribbler, a story lover, a big reader?  Would you like to learn some insider tips on what makes your short story really fly? Come along to this energising workshop to learn some ‘story hacks’ and techniques, share your love of what makes a great story and learn some fun crafting tools to help you on your way. Guaranteed to get you un-stuck!

Cate Kennedy is passionate about short stories and what makes them tick, and she wants to help you with yours. Her 2006 collection “Dark Roots” is currently on the VCE Literature syllabus, and her 2012 follow-up collection “Like a House on Fire” is on the VCE English syllabus, so she visits schools and students across the state regularly to talk about inspiring ways to think about stories and to write more freely and confidently.

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