Not every kid wants to go from school to a writing class at the end of the day, particularly if writing is a struggle for them and they're not achieving in the classroom.
But get them excited about the adventure stories that burst out of a box of treasures every week, or ask them to write a new story for colourful characters they've just invented... and you would be amazed at what can happen.
Most after school workshop programs are for children and young people aged 7 to 14. They include elements of drawing, film, audio recording, cartooning, costume and/or theatre, whatever works best to spark our young writers’ imaginations. Workshops run in parallel with the school term, and every program concludes with our young writers work honoured and celebrated in publication.
Our after-school workshops are run in collaboration with community partners, including the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE), the Settlement, Yurungai Barnardos Learning Centre, Weave Youth and Community Services, Redfern Community Centre and others. They come to us, in our specially designed creative writing centre, or we go to them, whatever works best for the kids involved.
Workshops have included The Big Weird Story Challenge, Diabolical Dialogue, Ride the Wild Mouse, Real Ghosts of Redfern, This Poetry Thing is a Breeze and High School Alert, and many, many more. Programs are designed in collaboration with our community partners to best engage and inspire our young writers.
A huge thank you to the BridgeLane Foundation, the Lord Mayor Clover Moore Salary Association, and the Campbell Edwards Trust whose support makes these workshops possible.