Creative Writing Workshops

Hunter Valley author, Karen Hughes, takes kids on an amazing adventure in her new Talented Kids creative writing program. During Karen’s action-packed weekly workshops, kids will learn all about the writing process, developing the skills and confidence to write their own exciting stories.


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If you're looking for our regular weekly after-school workshops, you're on the right page. If you're interested in our Zoom Online Workshops, click here. If you're a teacher or librarian and you'd like to find out about school visits, click here.

Creative Writing Workshops

Hunter Valley author, Karen Hughes, takes kids on an amazing adventure in her new creative writing program.

During Karen’s action-packed weekly workshops, kids will learn all about the writing process, developing the skills and confidence to write their own exciting stories.


Highlights

  • Fun and dynamic writing workshops
  • Emphasis on character development, setting and plot structure
  • Every child becomes a published author!



Kids will imagine and create unique characters, build magical settings, and map the perfect plot. By the end of the program, every child will be a published author, taking home their story in a real book!


Give your child the gift of creativity

Term 3 Enrolment

Create something great. Claim your $100 Creative Kids voucher today.

As a registered provider for the Creative Kids program, you can redeem your voucher with us and let your child develop new skills. Enrol them in a new activity so they can create something great. For more information regarding the Creative Kids program, or to learn more about the more than 40 government savings and rebates to help with your cost of living, visit service.nsw.gov.au.



Weekly Workshops from 4pm-5pm

First steps

During the first three terms, we'll be writing all kinds of things to develop and sharpen our writing skills. Adventure stories, epic fantasy, science fiction, murder mysteries, heroic animal tales ... you name it, we'll try it! We'll experiment with voice, setting, atmosphere and style, and we'll have lots of time to develop our characters. Through funny plays to practise our dialogue, clever poems to tighten our language skills, and lots of imagination, we'll discover just how much fun writing can be!


Creating Crazy Characters

Everyone thinks and acts differently, and a good writer uses these differences to drive the story. Today we’ll brainstorm new characters, thinking about appearance, distinguishing features, favourite foods, favourite things to do, family background, etc. Then we’ll role play our characters for a fun news interview. Is your character a feisty redhead with a cannibal king father? Is she a clever spider who can write, with a best friend called Wilbur? How did she feel when she met Mr Tumnus under the lamp post?

Building Magical Worlds

Another session of wonder and surprises, where anything is possible. First we’ll look at magical places like Narnia, Hogwarts and the 78-Story Treehouse, discussing what makes these places special. Then we’ll take our characters to a desert island, using our five senses to explore the island and finding much more than we expected.


A Map for the Journey

Stories have an outline – a beginning, a middle and an end. We’ll talk about how to start a story with a bang and hook the reader from the very first sentence. We’ll think about the complication and how it propels the character into the action, getting the story rolling. And we’ll discuss what our main character wants, what might stop him getting it, and how this will drive the story.

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Time to Write!

Sharpen your pencils, it’s time to put it all together. In term 4, we begin writing our stories for publication, using the characters, setting and outline we’ve been practising over the first three terms. First drafts are wild and crazy, and often make no sense at all. Punctuation doesn’t matter. Spelling doesn’t matter. We’ll worry about that later. This term we write and write and write!


The Second Draft

This is the easy part. We’ve written the story – now we have to knock it into shape. Does it make sense? Does it need anything else? Are the commas in the right place? Would it be better with a new paragraph here or another sentence there? Time to get out our red pencils and scribble.


Polishing your Masterpiece

How do you get a story published? What does an editor do? We’ll put the final touches on our stories and hand them over to Karen for a professional edit, and then we’ll talk about the practical process of publishing a book.


Celebrate!

We’ll wrap it all up with a big celebration. It’s been hard work and lots of fun, and soon our stories will be published in a real book!


Zoom Online Workshops

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Enrolment Information

Visit our Talented Kids enrolment page for full details about weekly class times, age groups, cost, online enrolment form, terms and conditions, and payment options.

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