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October 25, 2021

What are some of the remarkable patterns and processes which sustain life? In this workshop, students are invited to dig a little deeper and grow their ecological-literacy skills by delving further into the science behind Wonder Earth. Children will gain greater understanding of their earth home and how it works. Children will get the opportunity to explore in their own words what it means to belong to this vastly interconnected world.

Topics covered

  • Scientific understanding
  • Patterns and processes which sustain life
  • Interconnection
  • Reflection of our relationship to the world

Curriculum outcomes

  • Thinking imaginatively, creatively and interpretatively
  • Responding and composing
  • Reading and viewing
  • Working scientifically
  • Living world
  • Earth and space

anika


October 25, 2021

Have you ever had an experience in nature where you really paid attention and for a moment felt you were part of everything around you? In this workshop, children will deepen into their own personal experience and connection to the Earth. Through creative writing and using the themes as inspiration from Wonder Earth, students will reflect on both the heart-felt significance as well as the scientific importance of a personal ‘wonder earth moment’, and create a class Wonder Earth book!

Topics covered

  • Experiences in nature for story inspiration
  • Patterns and processes which sustain life
  • Creative writing with scientific themes
  • Reflection of our relationship to the world

Curriculum outcomes

  • Thinking imaginatively, creatively and interpretatively
  • Reflecting on learning
  • Responding and composing
  • Living world
  • Earth and space

anika


October 25, 2021

Would you like your students to stop and marvel at the amazing world around them and build their ecological-literacy? The Earth has so much to share if only we stop, listen and wonder. Come along on a beautiful journey of what it means to belong to our earth home through exploring a BIG version of the Wonder Earth book. Celebrate the colors and patterns of the natural world. Hear and tell an earth story. Blending creative writing with inspiration from nature, children reflect on their relationship to the world around them.

Topics covered

  • Ecological themes such as the sun, water, food and patterns of nature
  • Processes and relationships which sustain life
  • Creative writing with nature themes
  • Reflection of our relationship to the world

Curriculum Outcomes 

  • Speaking and listening
  • Writing and representing
  • Thinking imaginatively, creatively and interpretatively
  • Working scientifically
  • Living world
  • Earth and space

anika


October 25, 2021

Author Tristan Bancks shares the tools for creating a thrilling and authentic crime story, based on his experience writing novels for age 10+ like Two Wolves, The Fall and Cop & Robber (2022).

Topics covered

  • Gathering story details from the real world.
  • Using technology to feed creativity in the writing process.
  • The importance of research in writing.

anika

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October 25, 2021

Participants observe, experience and let the world around them rush onto the page. The forward-motion and physical exercise bring the writing experience alive, forging new and unexpected stories. Can be done in the school playground! 

Topics covered

  • Writing outdoors for story inspiration
  • Present-moment awareness as a storytelling tool
  • Discovering character inspiration from the people and spaces around you

anika

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October 25, 2021

How can you use all the odd, boring, funny stuff that happens to you and turn it into stories? Author Tristan Bancks uses bits from his own life to inspire his books from Tom Weekly to Ginger Meggs and Two Wolves to The Fall. Like the time his sister made him eat Vegemite off her big toe or the time he had his appendix removed just to get out of school detention. And the day he visited a crime scene during high school work experience. Learn how to mine your own life for cool, weird, funny stories that your friends will love.

Topics covered

  • Using memory for story inspiration
  • Mashing truth and fiction to create authentic, entertaining stories
  • Freewriting practice to discover untapped story ideas

anika

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October 25, 2021

You’ve written a story. Now what? The next step is putting on your editor’s hat! Editing is an essential part of the writing process, but most kids stop at the first draft. In this fun workshop, Zanni leads kids through professional editing techniques they actually like! One Year 3 boy reported after a Sweaty Brain Editing session: ‘I speak for everyone, well, myself at least, when I say I discovered how much I loved editing!’

anika

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October 25, 2021

In this fun workshop, kids will develop an original character, plot their story and get plenty of time to write. Even the most reluctant writers experience writing as fun and learn something new about themselves. Zanni works one on one with both reluctant and advanced writers to inspire them to tell their story, in the way that best suits them.

Topics covered

  • Brainstorming ideas and unleashing creativity
  • Story planning and story structure
  • Free writing
  • Basic editing tips

anika

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