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The Writers Playground

This course is lively and as much about the sharing of ideas as quiet, reflective writing. This approach stimulates the imagination, from which all great writing flows! From here we dream, we create, we live.

Every day has a different theme and will test your creativity

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  • Under 18: $242.00

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Age 10+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole Day
Status Full.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

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!


Rachael Butler

Rachael Butler

Rachael was raised in the Bellingen shire and returned to the Coffs Coast 10 years ago to raise her family here. She is an experienced English high school teacher of 15 years, working with young people in several local public high schools in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour.  As part of her work, Rachael also visits children in local primary schools to run creative writing and debating workshops.

Rachael is very passionate about giving young people the confidence to find their voice and style in their writing. She encourages visual and sensory imagery and helps bring realistic and imaginary characters to life with dialogue and action.  Rachael enjoys teaching the conventions of writing and then giving her students the confidence to challenge those conventions. Rachael has a range of engaging techniques to encourage and inspire a love of writing.

Course Requirements


Notebooks are provided. Students will need to bring pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, etc.

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