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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.

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April 2018 holiday creative writing workshops - Now Booking

This coming holidays we'll be offering eight different workshops for ages six to fifteen, including specialist workshops for fantasy, sci-fi, 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. Read comments from children and parents.

April 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 April 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.
  • Monday 16th April 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.
  • Tuesday 17th April 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.
  • Wednesday 18th April 10am - 1.00pm "Animal Tales" workshop for 6-9 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Saturday 21st April 10am - 1.00pm "Future Inventions" workshop for 6-9 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • NEW Sunday 22nd April 10am - 3.30pm "Fantastic Journeys" workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • NEW Monday 23rd April 10am - 3.30pm "New worlds, future stories" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Tuesday 24th April 10am - 3.30pm "Tales of Mystery and Suspense" workshop for 9-14 year olds. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.

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

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Workshop Details April school holidays 2018

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

"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.
Sunday 15th April 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.
Monday 16th April 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.
Tuesday 17th April 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.
Wednesday 18th April 10am - 1.00pm

$85. Places available. Click here to book.

"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 21st April 10am - 1.00pm
$85. Places available. Click here to book.

"Fantastic Journeys" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds. Create heroic tales, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, mighty characters and powerful rivalries. Found your way through
Held in the Field Studies Tower at the Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park.
Sunday 22nd April 10am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Click here to book.

NEW "New worlds, future stories" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds.
Imagine new life forms, new technologies, new ways of life. Use everything you've ever heard about space and science in your fiction. Invent great journeys across galaxies, and inter-galactic confrontations: are mere humans up to the challenge?
Monday 23rd April 10am - 3.30pm

$150.
Places available. Click here to book.

"Tales of Mystery and Suspense" workshop for 9-14 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 tools and ideas to write your own extended mystery story.
Tuesday 24th April 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 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 later in 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 is a judge for the NSW Premier's Award for Children's Literature (Patricia Wrightson Award).

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