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Suspense, thrill, tension. Students learn how to craft scary stories that excite readers. Hakea ties the activities to Tracks of the Missing (Magabala 2022) and uses that to inspire students to create sizzling stories of their own.

Topics covered 

  • Planning for success – inspiration, brainstorm techniques, overcoming writer’s block and using the narrative arc
  • Sizzling starts to hook readers
  • Tightening tension- sentence length, onomatopoeia, chapter cliff-hangers
  • Show, don’t tell
  • Working towards an exciting ending

Curriculum outcomes

  • Writing and representing
  • Thinking imaginatively, creatively and interpretatively


StoryBoard is a FREE presentation/workshop experience for all Northern Rivers schools (maximum three hours). We ask the schools to provide morning tea for the author and volunteer tutor.

Time & Date

StoryBoard workshops are scheduled to fit within your school’s timetable.

Our visits are generally scheduled between 9am – 12.30pm, with lunch between 11 – 11.30am.

Our schedule though is flexible, and we will work with you to find the best fit.

Our online booking enquiry form asks you for your bell times so we can create a suggested schedule for you.

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HSC Extension 2 English (Ballina)

Author Workshop with Siboney Duff Suitable for stages: 11 & 12

  • HSC Writing Workshop
  • In Person

Refining, Reflecting, Submitting With a fresh start to the year and several months before HSC Extens…


Lismore Senior Masterclass

Author Workshop with Sarah Armstrong Suitable for stages: 7 & 8 9 & 10 11 & 12

  • Masterclass
  • In Person

StoryBoard Masterclasses are ongoing, regular sessions in which young writers work on developing and…