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December 15, 2021

StoryBoard Masterclasses are ongoing, regular sessions in which young writers work on developing and honing their writing skills throughout the year. Lismore Senior Masterclasses are facilitated by author Sarah Armstrong. Suitable for children aged 13 – 17 years (school years 7 – 12).

Fortnightly on Thursdays from 5pm – 6.30pm

Term 1 dates: 10 Feb – 7 Apr
Term 2 dates TBC

Lismore Library
110 Magellan St, Lismore

anika


December 15, 2021

StoryBoard Masterclasses are ongoing, regular sessions in which young writers work on developing and honing their writing skills throughout the year. Lismore Junior Masterclasses are facilitated by author Zanni Louise. Suitable for children aged 8 – 13 years (school years 3 – 6).

Fortnightly on Thursdays from 5pm – 6.30pm

Term 1 dates: 10 Feb – 7 Apr
Term 2 dates TBC

Lismore Library
110 Magellan St, Lismore

anika

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December 15, 2021

Join author, poet, podcaster and journalist Samantha Turnbull for a series of masterclasses where students will learn and experiment with a range of creative writing techniques and genres. Classes are designed to be fun and celebrate the joy of storytelling. Ideal for keen writers aged 8-13 (school years 3 – 6).

Fortnightly on Wednesdays from 5pm – 6.30pm

Term 1 dates: Feb 9 – April 6
Term 2 dates TBC

Ballina Library
8 River Street, Ballina

anika

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December 15, 2021

StoryBoard Masterclasses are ongoing, regular sessions in which young writers work on developing and honing their writing skills throughout the year. Byron Masterclasses are facilitated by author Melaina Faranda. Suitable for writers between 13-17 years of age (school years 7 – 12).

Fortnightly on Thursdays at 4.15 – 5.45pm

Term 1 dates: Thurs 10 Feb* – Thurs 7 Apr
Term 2 dates TBC.

Byron Bay Library
Cnr Lawson Street & Middleton Street, Byron Bay

*Please note the first class will take place at Byron Writers Festival office and include an the launch of the 2021 Anthology.

anika

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October 25, 2021

Sarah draws on her years of experience as a novelist and journalist in this very hands-on, practical workshop. She’ll teach techniques to get students’ creativity flowing, as well as concrete, practical tools to create narrative tension, deepen character, and create a sense of immediacy for the reader. She gives comprehensive handouts, with examples from others’ writing, and illustrates with anecdotes from her own writing experience. She gets the students writing straight away, and they’ll do lots of writing throughout the workshop. 

This workshop works best for a group of the same stage or a group of keen writers across a mix of stages.

Topics covered

  • Free-writing as a brainstorming tool and fast, effective way to write a first draft.
  • The drafting process – how a first draft is different to the final draft.
  • Exercises to flesh out character.
  • Using detail to show rather than tell.
  • Writing a ‘sensory brainstorm’ to generate material to bring a piece of action alive.
  • A strategy for creative writing in an exam.
  • Student Q and A.

Sue Andersen


October 25, 2021

This self-editing workshop is a distillation of techniques gleaned from working with twenty plus editors from over ten different publishing companies and for many students is surprisingly enjoyable! The focus is not on grammar and punctuation, so much as specific editing techniques taught in a step-by-step easy format that even the most disinterested writers can use to instantly improve their writing (and marks). Great for NAPLAN or HSC preparation.

Topics covered

  • A brief demonstration of the process of having a book edited and an embarrassing confession
  • Distinguishing between the art and craft of writing a story
  • Numerous self-editing techniques that can be repeatedly used to improve students’ drafts

Sue Andersen

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October 25, 2021

In this practical workshop, Sarah will teach students techniques to get their writing flowing, as well as concrete, practical tools to create narrative tension and to deepen character. She explains how students can write ‘scene’ to create immediacy for the reader and to show rather then tell. Most students write in summary and find it a revelation to learn about writing in scene. She gives comprehensive handouts, with examples from others’ writing, and illustrates with anecdotes from her own writing experience. She gets the students writing straight away, and they’ll do lots of writing throughout the workshop.

This workshop is also suitable for keen and focused stage 4 students.

Topics covered

  • Free-writing as a brainstorming tool and fast, effective way to write a first draft.
  • Fleshing out character using free-written character histories
  • When to show and when to tell.
  • Using scene to show and create immediacy
  • Writing a sensory brainstorm to add effective detail to scene.
  • A strategy for creative writing in an exam.
  • Student Q and A

Sue Andersen

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October 25, 2021

Sam will teach students how to write and perform slam poetry. Please note, this workshop includes video, so an IWB or computer and projector with speakers is required.

Topics covered

  • Poetry
  • Performing/public speaking with flair
  • Self-expression

* Workshops Poetry for the Page and Poetry for the Stage can be combined

Sue Andersen

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October 25, 2021

Sam will show students the steps she followed to write the beautiful poem that features in her picture book Remember the Rainbows. Students will then write their own poetic masterpiece, experimenting with techniques including repetition and rhyme.

Topics covered

  • Writing from real life
  • Emotive language
  • Poetic devices

Sue Andersen

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October 25, 2021

Lucas’ creative writing session highlights the importance of using spontaneity and imagination to create short, fun-filled stories. This quirky format allows the students to experience the joy of writing without worrying about spelling mistakes and perfect grammar. The focus of the session is finding your voice, then expressing it through story.

“Lucas is a treasure personally and culturally. We are really lucky to have someone with his storytelling skills and gift for entertainment to inspire our students. His connection to his heritage and place was very powerful. The staff responses were glowing. I am like the kids; I only wish we could see him more often!” – Pottsville Beach PS, QLD

Topics covered

  • Finding your writing voice
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Writing with joy
  • Personal and cultural storytelling

Curriculum outcomes

  • Creative writing
  • History/culture
  • Multicultural themes
  • Performing arts

Sue Andersen

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