School Holiday Workshops

Creative writing workshops for children aged 6–15.
Every school holidays at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay.

October school holidays 2018

Saturday 6th October

Fantastic Journeys for 8-13 year olds.
Fabulous landscapes, mighty challenges and the promise of stupendous rewards. Bring a own picnic lunch and all the imagination you can find. All materials provided. 
Saturday 6th October 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Book now

Sunday 7th October

Future Inventions for 6–9 year olds.
Write and illustrate your own imaginative stories about all kinds of curious and unexpected animals, wild and friendly. This is a really fun and educational workshop for younger writers. All materials provided. 
Sunday 7th October 10am - 1.00pm
$85. Places available. Book now

Monday 8th October

Write Your Own Book 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.
Monday 8th October 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Limited places available. Book now

Tuesday 9th October

Rhetoric and Persuasion workshop for 8-13 year-olds.
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.
Tuesday 9th October 10am - 3.30pm

Wednesday 10th October

Skilled Young Writers workshop for 10-15 year-olds.
This high-level workshop for skilled and ambitious writers will help you stretch your metaphors, test new forms, and develop effective and believable characters and voice. Try out new ideas and techniques in an inspiring and enjoyable setting. This full day (bring your own picnic lunch) will build your skills and help you find new sources of inspiration. Held at the Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park. With award-winning novelist Dr Bernard Cohen. 
Wednesday 10th October 10am - 3.30pm
Sorry, workshop cancelled.

Thursday 11th October

Selective School and Scholarship test preparation writing workshop for current year five students intending to sit high school entrance tests in 2019.
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 early in 2019. The course will focus on writing across  narrative, descriptive and persuasive texts in the 20-minute test format. All materials provided. Bring a drink and snack (short break only).
Thursday 11th October 10.00am - 1.00pm morning session BOOKED OUT.
NEW Thursday 11th October 1.30pm-4.30pm Places available
$110 or $90 when booked with any of our other October holidays writing workshops.  Places available. Book now

Friday 12th October

NEW Spy stories creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds.
Secret codes, perfectly trustworthy double-crossing triple agents, and ingenious inventions hidden behind sliding bookcases – this full-day creative writing workshop offers everything you need to keep your highly suspicious, fictional world safe… or almost everything…
Friday 12th October 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Book now

Saturday 13th October

Topsy-Turvy Stories creative writing workshop for 6-9 year olds.
What happens when things fall up instead of down, when everyone walks backwards (on their hands) and when pets are in charge of the family? Bring a drink, snack, and plenty of wild and wacky ideas. All materials provided. 
Saturday 21st July 10am - 1.00pm
$85. Limited places available.  Book now

50 terms experience, 75,000 participants, focused on each child

The Writing Workshop began in 2006. Since then we've written with over 75,000 participants – from five years old to school-leavers – and read aloud 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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