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Monday Almost true tale of my life!
This is truth-stretching as you’ve never heard it before! Children will transform a typical event in their life into an imaginative story. Writing in the first person, we focus on tense, plot, sensory images, descriptive writing and strong conclusions. All materials included.
Tuesday Mysterious Clues and Daring Detectives -Can you solve the mystery?
In this unique workshop, each child will be given the first page of a gripping mystery novel and have the chance to finish it themselves. Where it will lead is entirely up to the writer, but one thing is certain: the story will include suspense, intrigue and red herrings!Wednesday Fabulous fire-breathing dragons (and other funtastic animal tales) Create your own fantastic animals. Breathe life into dragons, unicorns and mythical creatures and imagine the world of adventure in which they live.
Thursday Future Fiction (8–13 year olds) 10 am – 2 pm
How does the future look to you? Create a world of your own making, and the rest of mankind – do we travel by spaceship, are robots our friends, has there been an alien invasion, and what does this world look like? Do we all live in an idyllic Eden or a dysfunctional dystopia? You be the creator.
Friday Stop the presses!This is a hands-on day, with students constructing interview questions, interviewing each other, and creating a newspaper together. We explore and try our hand at feature writing, hard news, weather, police rounds and more – giving the students an appreciation of the different writing styles involved. Write and illustrate your own newspaper stories about all kinds of newsworthy characters and events!
Notebooks are provided. Students should bring pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, etc.
Liz has been a professional newspaper, magazine and digital writer/editor for more than 20 years. She is a creative soul whose passion for storytelling has taken her around the globe. She spent 10+ years with the Australian Geographic journal, telling the tales of the continent and its larger-than-life characters. Today, she runs The Writers’ Playground – creative writing workshops for children; where there are no wrong answers… just right ones – as well as writing fiction and nonfiction books.
To find out all about The Writers’ Playground, visit www.writersplayground.com.au
With a University degree in journalism under her belt, Pip has clocked up 20 years’ experience in public relations and professional writing. From corporate media to children’s fiction, Pip finds joy in the pure process of writing, no matter what the style.
Her first children’s book, The Fallen Star, was published in 2015, and received rave reviews in a number of leading Australian magazines as well as throngs of school kids who identify and love her little star. Pip says there will be many more books to follow. Hurrah!
Mother of two little muppets, Pip is passionate about fostering the inner writer in every child and delights in helping them develop their ideas and share them in a supportive and inspiring environment.