School Holiday Workshops

Creative writing workshops for young people aged 6–15.
Every school holidays in the Field Studies Tower (Education Centre) overlooking the mangroves in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park.

October school holidays 2019

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Wednesday 2nd October

Write Your Own Book creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds.
How to set, plan, build and finish your own extended story. Creating atmospheric settings, memorable characters and gripping plots. This full day (bring your own picnic lunch) will give you all the skills and inspiration you need to write your own book.
Wednesday 2nd October 10am - 3.30pm
$160 ($144 for 2nd sibling). Eligible for NSW Creative Kids vouchers.
Places available. Book now.


Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October

NEW Seriously Stupendous Creative Writing workshop for 6-9 year olds.
New worlds, new creatures, new inventions and new ideas. Two sessions of fabulously fun creativity and imagination. Bring a drink, snack, and your brain turned up to FULL POWER. All materials provided. 
Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October 10am - 12.30pm (each day)
$160 ($144 for 2nd sibling). Eligible for NSW Creative Kids vouchers.
Places available. Book now.


Friday 4th October

NEW An Extremely Poetic Afternoon creative writing workshop for 9-14 year olds.
The title says it all - poetic thinking, poetic observation and new poetic forms and techniques. Bring a drink, snack and poetic sensibility. All materials (concrete and abstract) provided.
Friday 4th October 1.30pm - 4.30pm
$90 ($81 for 2nd sibling). (Sorry, this workshop is NOT eligible for NSW Creative Kids vouchers - it’s not long enough - but it will be the most poetic workshop ever.)
Places available. Book now.


Saturday 5th October

Rhetoric and Persuasion creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds.
The ancient art of arguing. This full and fascinating day will help young writers develop rhetorical and persuasive writing skills within an imaginative context. Use logic (causation and consequence), humour and emotion effectively. Bring a picnic lunch, logic, passion and creativity.
Saturday 5th October 10am - 3.30pm
$160 ($144 for 2nd sibling). Eligible for NSW Creative Kids vouchers.
Places available. Book now.


Thursday 10th October

NEW Skilled Writers: Characters and Connections creative writing workshop for 10-15 year-olds.
Take your writing to the next level with new strategies for creating characters and relationships, new ways of thinking about motivations and rivalries. Even the land can develop a personality.
Thursday 10th October 10am - 3.30pm
$160 ($144 for 2nd sibling). Eligible for NSW Creative Kids vouchers.
Places available. Book now.


Friday 11th October

Tales of Enchantment creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds.
Fantastic tales of magic and enchantment, mystical places, hypnotic characters and creatures who can enrich you or turn you to stone. Write your own powerful stories and poetic spells.
Friday 11th October 10am - 3.30pm
$160 ($144 for 2nd sibling). Eligible for NSW Creative Kids vouchers.
Places available. Book now.


Saturday 12th October

Selective Schools and Scholarship Test Preparation writing workshop for current year 5 students.
Build creative writing skills for the NSW Selective Schools Placement Test and scholarship tests. Conducted by The Writing Workshop’s director, Dr Bernard Cohen, this three-hour creative writing workshop is aimed at developing creative writing skills for the NSW Selective Schools Placement Test and ACER scholarship tests to be held in early 2020. The course will focus on writing across narrative, descriptive and persuasive texts in the 20-minute test format. This course is limited to current year 5 students (other students will not be accepted). Materials and notes provided.
Saturday 12th October 10am - 1.00pm
$120 ($100 if booked with any other October holidays workshop). Sorry, not eligible for NSW Creative Kids vouchers.
Places available. Book now.


Sunday 13th October

Magical Stories creative writing workshop for 6-9 year olds.
Create your own magical world, characters and magical spells. A super-fun workshop for our youngest writers. Bring a drink, snack and your strongest creative powers. All materials provided. 
Sunday 13th October 10am - 1.00pm
$90 ($81 for 2nd sibling). (Sorry, this workshop is NOT eligible for NSW Creative Kids vouchers - it’s not long enough - but it is extremely fun.)
Places available. Book now.


80,000 participants, thousands of workshops, focused on each child

The Writing Workshop began in 2006. Since then we've written with over 80,000 participants – from five years old to school-leavers – and read over half a million pieces of imaginative writing. Surely this is a record! 

We want each child to develop skills in and enjoyment of writing. We aim to make it fun.

"Thank you for all the positive energy you put into the writing course. You really have a talent for engaging young writers. My son had a great time and it's great to see him write outside of the realms of his comfort zone. He has come home writing and already I can see some development in the area of characterisation and plot formation. He has asked to do another course which is fantastic. It was wonderful seeing so many children with a passion for writing in the same room." - Year 2 Parent.


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