Workshops - Kids


Upside Down and Back to Front (5-12 years) Fri 4 Jan, 10am-1pm: Jess Black 
Using Dr Seuss’s Wacky Wednesdayas inspiration, we’ll create a world where everything is a little…wacky! What if kids were in charge and adults had to go to school? What if cars went backwards instead of forwards? What kind of changes would you make to the world if you could? Have fun creating your own rules for a wacky (or wise) universe!

Spy Stories (8-13yo) Wed 9 Jan, 10am-1pm:  Ed Wright
Create secret agents who wear disguises, use amazing gadgets and trade in dangerous secrets. Write stories of ingenious spies, undercover agents, double-crossers and devious villains.

Crazy Holidays (7-12yo) Wed 16 Jan, 10am-1pm: Ed Wright
The bags are packed, everyone is ready, the destination has been chosen. What could possibly wrong? Absolutely everything. In this comedy writing workshop we’ll explore how humour can be made from disaster.

Selective Schools and ACER Preparation Thurs 17 Jan, 2pm-5pm: Ed Wright
This workshop focuses specifically on the writing tasks for the Selective Schools Entry and ACER tests. Students get to practise and get feedback on their responses to the writing exercises used in these tests.

Drawing Maps to Tell a Tale (7-13 yrs) Tues 22 Jan, 10am-1pm: Liz Anelli (illustrator)
Invent a place by drawing a map  What does it look like – are there mountains, rivers, oceans or plains? Give your place names, dates, events in history Who lives there? Who used to live there before? How do they get about? Write a Wikipedia entry for the area. Make up a story about what happened when you were last there on holiday.

Dogs with Jobs (6-12 years) Thurs 24 Jan, 10am-1pm: Jess Black
The Tales of Mr Walkeris a collection of stories about a canine concierge in a hotel. Dogs can work as detectives, in search and rescue, even in hotels! We’ll create stories involving our favourite pets having very important jobs to do!

WORKSHOPS $80 (bring a brother/sister/friend or sign up for 2 classes, 2 for $140; earlybird until 18 December, $65; 2 for $120). We’re in the Hunter St Mall on the corner of Market St (the same building as Lowe’s). The entrance is on Market St and we’re on the first floor at the end of the corridor. There’s 1/2hour free parking in the mall and on Wolfe St, or if you want to stay in town, there’s free 4 hour parking between the Newcastle Baths and Beach, about a ten minute walk.


Our Workshops
We encourage kids to grow their imaginations at the same time as they expand their vocabularies and story-telling skills. Our workshops are fun and educational and tailored to suit the different age groups. We offer in school classes, after school classes, holiday workshops and individual mentoring. Check here for regular classes and holiday workshops at our Newcastle premises. Use our enquiry form or call us to find out how to bring workshops to your school .

HSC workshops – Creative Writing is compulsory for the HSC but many students don’t know where to start. Our HSC level creative writing workshops are designed for years 10-12, and will focus on the current Area of Study (Discovery) as well as Extension 1 elective themes.  Our workshops help students gain the skills and techniques to think on their feet and approach their creative writing with confidence and flexibility.

Tutoring and Mentoring (HSC and other) Need expert feedback on your Extension 2 Major Work?  Or just worried about the Creative Writing components of the HSC English papers?  We offer one-to-one mentoring for students who feel they need a bit of extra help getting ready for this part of the HSC. Professional guidance is available for all print medium major works – including poetry, criticism, short story and script writing. We can also help with preparing for the English exam and with essay writing in general. Contact us to discuss