School Holiday Workshops

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

January school holidays 2019


Saturday 12th January

Selective School and Scholarship test preparation writing workshop for students entering year 6 in 2019 intending to sit high school entrance tests.
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).
Saturday 12th January 10.00am-1.00pm. (Also offered on Thursday 24 January.)
$110 or $90 when booked with any of our other January holidays writing workshops.  Places available. Book now.


Sunday 13th January

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.
Sunday 13th January 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Book now.


Monday 14th January

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.
Monday 14th January 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Book now.


Tuesday 15th January

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. 
Tuesday 15th January 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Book now.


Wednesday 16th January

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. 
Wednesday 16th January 10am - 1.00pm
$85. Places available.  Book now.


Friday 18th January

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 18th January 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Book now.


Saturday 19th January

Animal Tales creative writing workshop for 6-9 year olds.
Create your own imaginary beast and let it loose in stories and poems. A super-fun workshop for our youngest writers. Bring a drink and snack and plenty of imagination. All materials provided. 
Wednesday 16th January 10am - 1.00pm
$85. Places available.  Book now.


Sunday 20th January

NEW Imagined Futures: Stories of Aliens, Anti-matter and Artificial Intelligence creative writing workshop for 9-14 year-olds.
Use and invent real and/or future science for discoveries, exploration and possible confrontation with superbeings from other universes. Bring science into your creative writing: cyborg evolution, black holes, the speed of light (if you shine two torches towards in opposite directions, how fast do the light rays pass each each other?) That’s why it’s called SCIENCE fiction! Bring lunch and your imagination turned up to HIGH.
Sunday 20th January 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Book now.


Monday 21st January

NEW 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.
Monday 21st January 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Book now.


Wednesday 23rd January

Tales of Mystery and Suspense creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds.
Create characters with secrets of gold or power or crime, smart and greedy rivals, atmospheric landscapes, red herrings and smart detection. This full day will give you all the skills and inspiration you need to write your own mystery story.
Wednesday 23rd January 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Book now.


Thursday 24th January

Selective School and Scholarship test preparation writing workshop for students entering year 6 in 2019 intending to sit high school entrance tests..
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 24th January 10.00am-1.00pm. (Also offered Saturday 12th January, above.)
$110 or $90 when booked with any of our other January holidays writing workshops.  Places available. Book now.


Friday 25th January

NEW Magical Stories creative writing workshop for 6-9 year olds.
Fairies, elves, goblins, trolls, griffins, dragons, unicorns and plenty of magic. Everything looks perfect, but that doesn’t mean that there are no problems in the magical land. Write your own magical stories and poems.
Friday 25th January 10am - 1.00pm
$85. 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 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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