And it’s Good for Me, Too? New Ways to Explore the Importance of Creative Writing
Two separate full day workshops for PRIMARY and SECONDARY teachers designed to show them how to engage both reluctant and excited students, and why embedding creativity as a core principle in the classroom is vital to support student wellbeing in unsettling times. With an introductory presentation by workshop host Zacharey Jane on the connection between creative writing and wellbeing, fresh ideas for tempting reluctant writers; as well as guest presentations by author Zanni Louse (Primary), Sarah Armstrong (Secondary) and guest creative writing lecturer from Southern Cross University.
Primary session – Teachers of Stage 1 – 3
Secondary session – Teachers of Stage 4 – 6
Completing the Teacher Professional Learning workshop will contribute 6 hours of PD addressing Standards 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.1.2, 3.3.2, 5.2.2 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Zacharey Jane is the author of two works of fiction, including a children’s picture book, and numerous short stories and articles. She has a deep love of engaging young writers to empower them to write, devising and teaching ‘How to write a book’ classes for Years K-6. She has taught creative writing to students and in the wider community for several years, as both teacher and author. A qualified English teacher, Zacharey has added to her pedagogy with studies in Narrative Therapy (Level 1 and 2), Mental Health First Aid and conducted research into Fiction Therapy. Zacharey is a regular participant at the Byron Writers Festival and manages their touring program, Writers on the Road.
Zanni Louise (Primary)
Zanni Louise is passionate about writing quality books for children of all ages and inspiring people to write their own stories. Based in the Byron Bay hinterland, Zanni has published twelve books, including the popular ERROL picture book series, STARDUST SCHOOL OF DANCE chapter books and TIGGY AND THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH. Her new series HUMANKIND is out in 2020.
Sarah Armstrong (Secondary)
Sarah Armstrong has written three adult novels, including Salt Rain which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. She’s just completed her first novel for kids and is working on a fourth adult novel. Sarah is an experienced writing teacher, mentor and manuscript assessor. She teaches creative writing at university, in schools, for writers festivals and on retreats. In a previous life she was a journalist at the ABC where she won a Walkley Award. She’s passionate about giving writers the practical tools to find and tell stories.
Health and Safety Notice
Workshops are dependent on COVID-19 restrictions.
Do not attend if you are experiencing cold & flu-like symptoms.
Social distancing measures will be in place at the workshops.
For the health & safety of all, signage & sanitising stations are set up throughout the venue.
We ask that you adhere to all COVID guidelines while attending the workshop.