Just finished my two-day ‘Extreme Writing!’ school holiday workshop for budding young writers – always a heap of fun – and have another running next week.
I’m always blown away by the imagination and enthusiasm of young writers, although it saddens me how often they ask if they are ‘allowed’ to do something a different way. Unfortunately our school system is geared towards assessments – not creativity. It’s very special to be able to help them break out and write from the heart.
It’s pretty intense keeping everyone engaged and on task without overwhelming them. What is wonderful is that if they’re bored, they just yawn – time to move on!
I’ve now managed to fine-tune the workshop so the teaching is delivered in snappy bites with lots of hands-on tasks, so they can turn the teaching into writing. They’re shocked to find four hours have passed.
Just love to see them all with their heads down, silently writing.
I was really delighted with the feedback from the students – here’s a sampling:
Did the workshop meet your expectations?
Definitely! I thought that because there was less children it might not be that advanced but boy was I wrong!
Yes – over my expectations.
Yes it was so good!!! It was way better than my expectations – it was soooo much fun!!!
It went above and beyond my expectations.
Yes and more – it was great
YES! It was great! x3
July 2015 School Holiday Workshop
Two day intensive creative writing workshop for 10 to 14 year olds.
Tramshed Arts & Community Centre – Narrabeen
Two day programme (10am-2pm) Tuesday 30th June & Wednesday 1st July 2015
Full – places left in Avalon
Avalon Recreation Centre – Avalon
Two day programme (10am-2pm) Thursday 9th & Friday 10th July 2015
5 places left!
Max participants: 10
I never thought I’d be the one to say that a mere app has dramatically changed my life – but it’s true.
When it comes to writing, I lean towards old school, not exactly back to the quill but inclined to be dismissive about specialist writing software programmes that purport to make it easier to write. Writing is difficult enough without having to learn some new fangled software. It might feel easier, but doesn’t make you a better writer.
Evernote doesn’t make you a better writer either but definitely a more efficient and organised one.
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We had a great six week workshop series at Berkelouw Books in Mona Vale culminating in writerly drinks in Edison’s bar next-door. During workshop time we’re on task so finishing up with social drinks is a wonderful opportunity for people to get better acquainted beyond the shared writing aspirations. It’s generally quite an eye-opener, always a few surprises!
50 years on and ‘The Elements of Style ‘ – more often referred to as ‘Strunk and White’ – is still the bible of good writing. It’s straight-forward, definite and endlessly entertaining.
Read it once, read it ten times and be a better writer for it.