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Holiday Workshops

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 authors.

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 2018 holiday creative writing workshops - Now Booking

This coming holidays we'll be offering eight different workshops for ages six to fifteen, including four never offered before and our regular popular 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 6-15 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. Read comments from children and parents.

July 2018 school holidays workshops timetable

Book all workshops via this link. Don't wish to book online? Download this form for EFT and cheque payments.

  • Sunday 15th July 10am - 1.00pm "Animal Tales" workshop for 6-9 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • NEW Monday 16th July 10am - 3.30pm "Genre Stories: Mystery Adventure, Sci-Fi" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Tuesday 17th 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.
  • Wednesday 18th 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.
  • Thursday 19th July 10.00pm - 1.00pm "Selective Schools and Scholarship Tests Preparation Workshop" workshop for 9-14 year olds. $110 or $90 when booked with another July holidays workshop. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • NEW Thursday 19th July 1.30pm - 4.30pm "Worlds on Pages: from observation to literature" workshop for 9-14 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • NEW Friday 20th July 10am - 3.30pm "Spy stories" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • NEW Saturday 21st July 10am - 1.00pm "Topsy-Turvy Tales" creative writing workshop for 6-9 year olds. $85. 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 school holidays 2018

Don't wish to book online? Download this form for EFT and cheque payments.

"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.
Sunday 15th July 10am - 1.00pm

$85. Places available. Click here to book.

"Genre Writing: Adventure, Mystery, SciFi" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds. Explore the elements of genre writing from detectives to dragons, conundrums to cowboys. Bring a picnic lunch and brain set to “dynamic”.
Monday 16th July 10am - 3.30pm

$150.
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.
Tuesday 17th July 10am - 3.30pm

$150. Places available. Click here to book.

"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.
Wednesday 18th July 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Click here to book.

"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 19th July 1.30pm - 4.30pm
$110 or $90 when booked with any of our other July holidays writing workshops. Places available. Click here to book.

"Worlds on Pages" creative writing workshop for 9-14 year olds. An observational walk through the unique Mangrove habitat of Bicentennial Park transformed into literature. What possibilities could this intertidal zone hold? How would your newly created characters see it? All materials provided. Bring a drink and snack, and a raincoat if the skies are greyish.
Thursday 19th July 1.30pm - 4.30pm
$85. Places available. Click here to book.

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 20th July 10am - 3.30pm

$150.
Places available. Click here to book.

"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. 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 Rosie Forrest on winning the 2017 John Marsden/Hachette Writing Prize for Fiction. Rosie attended our after-school creative writing workshops from year 4 to HSC.

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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 won the 2015 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. His collection of stories (for adults), When I Saw the Animal, will be published by UQP in September 2018.

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 was a judge for the NSW Premier's Awards for Literature.

Bernard Cohen - author photo by Wong Kan Tai

 

 

 

 


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