Want to improve your creative writing and get your stories published?

 

 


Want to improve your creative writing and get your stories published?

Want to improve your creative writing and get your stories published?


Workshops for Kids

Karen is a fabulous teacher! Our boy loved every moment of these workshops. He had so much fun and no idea was ever seen as a bad one. His handwriting and writing skills improved tremendously. His imagination and ability to describe and create have developed alongside his confidence. Thank you for a fantastic year!

Lani Jacobs

Karen is a fabulous teacher! Our boy loved every moment of these workshops. He had so much fun and no idea was ever seen as a bad one. His handwriting and writing skills improved tremendously. His imagination and ability to describe and create have developed alongside his confidence. Thank you for a fantastic year!

Lani Jacobs

Talented Kids

Young Authors Club

School Holidays

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Live After-School Workshops and Weekly Zoom Sessions

Weekly one hour sessions for kids aged 9+ with Kalika Magic author Karen Hughes every Wednesday or Thursday at our brand new studio with afternoon tea provided OR at home every Monday on Zoom. At the end of the year, we will publish our own book of wild and wonderful stories.

WHERE: Our new studio! Rear building, 248 High St. Maitland OR at home on Zoom.

WHEN:  Wednesday or Thursday 4pm-5pm at the studio OR Monday 5pm-6pm on Zoom.

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Write with us online

For kids aged 10+

10 weekly video/activity modules, each with a different story challenge, and one (1) live Zoom session with Kalika Magic author Karen Hughes.

Try exciting writing challenges, learn new tips and techniques, and have lots of fun exploring all kinds of different worlds. Submit your stories for publication in our new book.

WHERE: In your own home!

WHEN: Self-paced. Join at any time. New lessons available each week.

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School Holiday Program

NEW! Due to popular demand, Kalika Magic author Karen Hughes will be presenting three exciting workshops for kids aged 8-13 over the school holidays. Woo hoo! We'll have apples, popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, and lashings of ginger beer, and we'll write the best stories ever.

Spaces are limited, so book your spot now.

WHERE: 3/95 High St. East Maitland

WHEN: April 14, 15, 16

TIME: 10am - 1pm

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Holiday Fun in our Maitland Studio and on Zoom

Turbo-charge your creative writing this school holidays with our new workshops. Woo hoo! Kalika Magic author Karen Hughes will be presenting fantastic 3-hour creative writing workshops for kids aged 8+. Join us from anywhere for a morning of fun and inspiration.

WHERE: 248 High St. Maitland OR join us on Zoom.

WHEN: Tuesday 4 October (Maitland studio), Wednesday 5 October (Zoom), and Thursday 6 October (Maitland studio).

TIME: 10am-1pm

We acknowledge the Wonnarua people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather in the Hunter Valley, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Hunter Valley today. Anikanya!




Talented Kids Program in Maitland and on Zoom

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Weekly one hour sessions for kids aged 9+ with Kalika Magic author Karen Hughes every Wednesday or Thursday at our brand new studio with afternoon tea provided or at home every Monday on Zoom. At the end of the year, we will publish our own book of wild and wonderful stories.

WHERE: Our new studio! Rear building, 248 High St. Maitland OR at home on Zoom.

WHEN:  Monday 5pm-6pm on Zoom OR Wednesday or Thursday 4pm-5pm at the studio.


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Young Authors Club

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Join our Self-Paced Online Course

Introducing Young Authors Club, our exciting online creative writing program. 10 weekly video modules, each with a different story challenge. The modules are available for 12 months. During this time, kids will have the opportunity to meet author Karen Hughes on Zoom and to submit stories for publication. 

Try exciting writing challenges, learn new tips and techniques, and have lots of fun exploring all kinds of different worlds.

WHERE: In your own home!

WHEN: Self-paced. Join at any time. New lessons available each week.

Learn More

School Holidays

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Holiday Fun in our Maitland studio and on Zoom!

Turbo-charge your creative writing this school holidays with our new Zoom workshops. Woo hoo! Kalika Magic author Karen Hughes will be presenting two fantastic creative writing workshops for kids aged 8+. Join us from anywhere for hours of fun and inspiration.

WHERE: 248 High St. Maitland or join us on Zoom

WHEN: Tuesday 4 October (Maitland studio), Wednesday 5 October (Zoom), and Thursday 6 October (Maitland studio)

TIME: 10am-1pm

Learn More

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Breaking News


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Happy Publication Day!

Our new anthology is here. Woo hoo! Congratulations to all the young writers who worked so hard to make this possible. Nice work, gang!

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Adventure Unlocked

Unlock a world of adventure with this wild and wonderful collection of stories written and edited by our talented kids – with a little help from author Karen Hughes. From time travel to space diaries, dragon quests to friendly zombies, there’s something in here for everyone!

‘I wish I had an imagination like this.’ – Lewis Carroll

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For all the kids who wanted to see our local superstar, Elsa, singing 'Let It Go'. Next time you watch Frozen, see if you can pick out the elements of the Hero's Journey that we talk about when we are plotting a traditional fantasy quest.

Sharing the magic of words

Karen Hughes is the author of the popular Kalika Magic series for kids 9+, exploring themes of courage, adventure, and the power of the imagination. Karen grew up on a cattle station on the Liverpool Plains, where she spent her childhood climbing trees, riding horses, and reading Narnia books. She attended a primary school with only six pupils, before being packed off to boarding school at age twelve. Karen has been a lawyer, a herbalist and a web designer, but being an author is her favourite job. She is currently writing her fifth book and completing her PhD in English.

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Now on the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge!


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Now on the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge!


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Supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.