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Holiday Workshops

Bernard Cohen's The Writing Workshop runs after-school, school holiday, online and in-school creative writing workshops and activities for children and young people. All our workshops are led by published writers.

The Writing Workshop helps young writers build confidence,
take pride in work, develop creativity, improve literacy,
increase general braininess and have a lot of fun.

Enquiries: please phone 0468 543 933 or use this form.

Please join our email list to keep informed about the latest workshop and course information.


July 2017 holiday creative writing workshops - Now Booking

This coming holidays we'll be offering ten different workshops for ages six to fifteen, including specialist workshops for poetry, fantasy, mystery, non-fiction (rhetoric and persuasion) and our regular fun and educational workshops.

Our holiday workshops take place in the Field Studies Tower at the Education Centre Tower in Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay (within Sydney Olympic Park) as part of Sydney's largest school holiday program, Kids in the Park. Free parking is available at the venue (Carpark P10f). Google map reference here.

You will find school holiday creative writing workshops suitable for ages 6-18 and for all skill levels. We're proud of our record in switching previously reluctant children onto the pleasures of writing and in helping ambitious young writers fulfil their literary ambitions. Please join our email list to keep informed of the latest course information.

The Writing Workshop consistently receives 100% satisfaction rating. According to the most recent survey conducted by Sydney Olympic Park Authority (July 2014), 100 per cent of respondents were satisfied overall with The Writing Workshop course their child attended in the July 2014 school holiday program at Sydney Olympic Park. Read comments from children and parents.

 

July 2017 Holiday Workshop Timetable

All bookings

  • Saturday 1st July 10am - 1.00pm "Future Inventions" workshop for 6-9 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Sunday 2nd July 10am - 3.30pm "Fabulous Beasts" workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Monday 3rd July 10am - 3.30pm "Strange New Worlds" workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Tuesday 4th July 10am - 1.00pm "Selective Schools Entrance and Scholarship Test Preparation" workshop for current year 5 students. $110 or $90 booked with any other July creative writing workshop.Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Wednesday 5th July 10am - 3.30pm "Write Your Own Book" workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Thursday 6th July 10am - 1.00pm "Animal Tales" workshop for 6-9 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Thursday 6th July 1.30pm - 4.30pm "Poetry: Rhythm and Rhyme" workshop for 9-14 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Friday 7th July 10.00am - 3.30pm. "Skilled Young Writers" workshop for 10-15 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Saturday 8th July 10.00am - 3.30pm. "Tales of Mystery and Suspense" workshop for 9-14 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Sunday 9th July 10am - 3.30pm "Rhetoric and Persuasion" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.

Enquiries: please phone 0468 543 933 or use this form.

Can't make it this time but want us to keep you informed of future courses? Please click here to join our Upcoming Courses email list.

Workshop Details July Holidays 2017

 

"Future Inventions" creative writing workshop for 6-9 year olds. It's new! It's shiny! It's extremely useful! What could possibly go wrong? This fun and educational workshop for younger writers uses inventions of their devising as the basis for inventive story-making. All materials provided.
Saturday 1st July 2017 10am - 1.00pm.
$85. Places available. Click here to book.

"Fabulous Beasts" workshop for 8-13 year-olds. Release the mythical creatures from deep within your brain. Face the beast through fantastic places, mighty journeys and heroic acts. This full day (bring your own picnic lunch) provides skills and structures for mythical and fantasy stories. Held at the Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park. With Bernard Cohen.
Sunday 2nd July 2017 10am - 3.30pm.
$150.
Places available. Click here to book.

"Strange New Worlds" workshop for 9-14 year-olds. Speculative fiction workshop for thinking young writers. Imagine the impossible, and set entire stories there. Stretch your imaginations across space and time to create truly amazing beings or to challenge future generations of pioneers. What are the chances we'll get on, just like family? Held at the Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park. With Bernard Cohen.
Monday 3rd July 2017 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Click here to book.

"Selective Schools Entrance and Scholarship Test Preparation" workshop for current year 5 students.
Tuesday 4th July 10am - 1.00pm. How to deliver your best creative writing in the test setting - what markers look for, effective use of time, realistic practice tests.
$110 or $90 booked with any other July creative writing workshop. Places available. Click here to book.

"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. Held at the Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park. With Bernard Cohen.
Wednesday 5th July 2017 10am - 3.30pm.
$150.
Places available. Click here to book.

"Animal Tales" 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.
Thursday 6th July
10am - 1.00pm.
$85. Places available. Click here to book.

"Poetry: Rhythm and Rhyme" for 9-14 year olds. Sophisticated rhythms and Ancient Greek terminology: know the difference between iambic and trochaic hexameter, and how to compose each. What rhymes with orange? Rhymes, half-rhymes and assonance. New forms.
Thursday 6th July
10am - 1.00pm.
$85. Places available. Click here to book.

One-day "Skilled Young Writers" workshop for 10-15 year-olds. Try out new ideas and techniques in an inspiring and enjoyable setting. Stretching your metaphors, testing new poetic forms, developing effective and believable narrative voice. 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.
Friday 7th July 2017 10am - 3.30pm.
$150. Places available. Click here to book.

One-day "Tales of Mystery and Suspense" creative writing workshop for 9-14 year-olds. The heart of the heart of the genre: slowly, so very, very slowly adding to the excruciating suspense. What was the significance of that passing truck? Whodunit? Tell you just a bit later. All you need to structure your own extended mystery story. Held at the Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park. With award-winning novelist Dr Bernard Cohen.
Saturday 8th July 2017 10am - 3.30pm.
$150. Places available. Click here to book.

"Rhetoric and Persuasion" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds. Writing is a powerful tool for advocating for a cause or persuading others to change their minds. Skills, tricks, pitfalls and mistakes, from Ancient Greece to the present day. Use humour and emotion effectively in making your case.
Sunday 9th July 2017 10am - 3.30pm.
$150.
Places available. Click here to book.

 

Parent comment: "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."

News: Congratulations to Brendon on winning the years 5-6 section of the 2014 University of Western Sydney Whitlam Institute "What Matters?" essay competition. Brendon attended after-school workshops from kindergarten to year 4. Read his amazing piece here.

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Workshop Leader: Bernard Cohen

Dr Bernard Cohen is a novelist and picture book writer and director of The Writing Workshop. Bernard's writing has been published around the world. His awards include the Vogel Prize, Arts Council of England Writer's Award, University of Technology Alumnus of the Year, and a unique three inclusions in the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists. Bernard's fifth novel for adults, The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies, was published by 4th Estate. It won the 2015 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.

Bernard has over 25 years experience conducting writing workshops for young people, and founded The Writing Workshop in 2006. He holds a DCA from University of Technology of Sydney. In 2016 he is a judge for the NSW Premier's Award for Children's Literature (Patricia Wrightson Award).

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