"Things that you thought were impossible are possible and I learnt that from The Writing Workshop."
Feedback from Primary Students
I liked the way that it made me more creative and dramatic and I liked being surrounded by books. I became less shy of presenting my work.
Liked: everything. Disliked: nothing
The thing I liked most was learning to make stories interesting.
The thing I most liked about Bernard's Writing Workshop was the way Bernard helped us with the way to do things. Like how to structure a book etc.
I love the writing workshop soooooooooo much that I will most definitely come back.
Bernard's class was c-c-c-cool
All of the exercises. The thing I most liked was them all.
The thing I most liked was you were fun. some teachers don't make it fun.
Feedback from Secondary Students
Engaging and humorous. Very fun and informative.
Really fun and engaging. Despite the face we didn’t want to speak aloud he slightly made us, which was good.
Extremely fun, very engaging. Very helpful in understanding how to develop and write about characters.
It was very fun and engaging. Learnt different perspectives.
Extremely helpful, gave me new character building techniques.
"The class is full of smiling children having fun sharing their spontaneous writing with each other"
Feedback from Parents
It is rare in our kids' overly full and ordered lives to get real opportunity to be lateral and creative in their writing. It suits our daughter down to the ground, and makes her feel special and validated.
At the beginning of the term kids always wants to do lots of out-of-school activities, however this is the only one which independently motivates her every week.
Bernard is a great teacher/facilitator and makes the kids have fun while learning.
The class is full of smiling children having fun sharing their spontaneous writing with each other, while Bernard spends time helping them in such a pleasurable way they have no idea they are actually learning something.
My daughter really enjoyed the work she did with you last year. It really stretched her and got her interested in creative writing. She has always been a fantastic reader but her writing really caught up last year so thank you again.
Nick and Jorgie were buzzing after their first class on Thursday and are looking forward to next week. Jim and I were really impressed with their first writing task. Nick said he received loads of constructive criticism which is great, thank you.
Jade (13) has definitely felt a sense of pride and achievement in what you have guided her toward and taught her.
My son was a reluctant writer, he had never volunteered to do homework before this.
Bernard encouraged the children to use and develop their writing skills across a number of different genres. The sessions were always focused, well planned and very stimulating. The children were privileged to have access to such a professional writer who also understood their capabilities and was able to encourage and extend them.
"Bernard encouraged the children to use and develop their writing skills across a number of different genres."
The kids flood into the classroom, bubbling with excitement and comments about previous workshops and stories they've written.
In the media
Sydney Morning Herald, 8 Jan 2015