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15 December 2021

For Term 1, 2024 join author Shel Sweeney for a series of masterclasses where students will develop their creative writing techniques across a range of genres. Classes are designed to be fun and celebrate the joy of storytelling.

This is a FREE year-long program 5 sessions per term – Registration essential.

Dates: for Term 1 – 2024

Thursday 14 March

Thursday 21 March

Thursday 28 March

Thursday 4 April

Thursday 11 April


Time: 5 – 6.30pm
Where: Lismore Pop-up Library, 146 Molesworth St, Lismore NSW 2480
Suitable For: School years 7 – 12

Shel Sweeney is a freelance editor, writing mentor, counsellor and teacher. She works with children, young people and adults throughout the Northern Rivers region.

Amy Shaw


15 December 2021

For Term 1, 2024, join author Zanni Louise 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.

This is a FREE year-long program 5 sessions per term – Registration essential.

Dates: for Term 1 – 2024

Thursday 15 February 

Thursday 29 February

Thursday 14 March

Thursday 28 March

Thursday 11 April

Time: 5 – 6.30pm
Where: Lismore Children’s Library, Lismore Central Shopping Centre, 44 Carrington Street, Lismore 2480
Suitable For: 8 – 12 years

Author of over twenty kids’ books, including bestselling picture book series HumanKindZanni Louise writes and draws every day and hopes she will keep going until she’s too old to hold a pen!

Sam Smith

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15 December 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.

We are hoping to run the 2024 Ballina Masterclass in the second half of the year. Watch this space for more information.

2024 Term dates:  TBC

Samantha Turnbull

Samantha Turnbull is a children’s author and podcast producer with the ABC. Her books include Fierce Girls, Remember the Rainbows and The Anti-Princess Club series. She is also a qualified primary teacher and loves competing in poetry slams.

Amy Shaw

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15 December 2021

Join author and teacher Melaina Faranda for a series of masterclasses where students will learn and experiment with a range of creative writing and screenwriting techniques.

We are hoping to run the 2024 Byron Masterclass in the second half of the year. Watch this space for more information.

2024 Dates: TBC

Melaina Faranda

Author and teacher Melaina Faranda is passionate about working with young people, helping to foster their creative talent and be inspired by infinite possibilities.

Amy Shaw

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