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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.


December 2017- January 2018
Summer
holiday creative writing workshops - Now Booking

This coming holidays we'll be offering fifteen 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. Read comments from children and parents.

Summer workshops timetable

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

December 2017

  • Sunday 17th December 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.
  • Monday 18th December 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.
  • NEW Tuesday 19th December 10am - 3.30pm "Haunted Stories" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Wednesday 20th December 10am - 1.00pm "Animal Tales" workshop for 6-9 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Wednesday 20th December 1.30pm - 4.30pm "Selective Schools Entrance and Scholarship Test Preparation" workshop for students entering year 6 in 2018. $110 or $90 booked with any other December-January creative writing workshop. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Thursday 21st December 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.
  • NEW Friday 22nd December 10am - 1.00pm "Monster Stories" workshop for 6-9 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.

January 2018

  • Thursday 18th January 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.
  • NEW Friday 19th January 10am - 3.30pm "Life in Space" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Saturday 20th January 10.00pm - 1.00pm "Selective Schools Entrance and Scholarship Test Preparation" workshop for students entering year 6 in 2018. $110 or $90 booked with any other December-January creative writing workshop. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • NEW Saturday 20th January 1.30pm - 4.30pm "Poetry Among the Mangroves" workshop for 9-14 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Monday 22nd January 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.
  • Tuesday 23rd September 10am - 3.30pm "Epic Journeys" workshop for 8-13 year olds. $150. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Wednesday 24th January 10am - 1.00pm "Future Inventions" workshop for 6-9 year olds. $85. Places available. Click here to book. Scroll down for workshop details.
  • Thursday 25th January 10am - 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.

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 Summer holidays 2017-18

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

"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 17th December 2017 10am - 3.30pm OR Thursday 18th January 2018 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. Held at the Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park.
Monday 18th December 2017 10am - 3.30pm OR Monday 22nd January 2018 10am - 3.30pm
$150.
Places available. Click here to book.

NEW "Haunted Stories" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds. Everything that seems ordinary is extraordinary. The mundane and the seemingly benign have deep and resonant secrets. The regular is irregular. You know that you shouldn't go outside, but you do anyway. Atmosphere, tension, structure and the elements of terrifying plots. Possibly not for the nervous.
Tuesday 19th December 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 20th December
10am - 1.00pm
$85. Places available. Click here to book.

"Selective Schools Entrance and Scholarship Test Preparation" workshop for current year 5 students.
How to deliver your best creative writing in the test setting - what markers look for, effective use of time, realistic practice tests.
Wednesday 20th December 2017 1.30pm - 4.30pm OR Saturday 20th January 2018 10am - 1.00pm
$110 or $90 booked with any other December-January holidays creative writing workshop. 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.
Thursday 21st Decembe
r 10.00am - 3.30pm
$150. Places available. Click here to book.

"Monster Tales" creative writing workshop for 6-9 year olds.
Create your own monster stories: monsters which live in the deepest cave, on top of mountains, under the sea… and under your bed! Not for the very nervous. Presenter is author and winner of the Russell Award for Humour Writing (and TWW director) Dr Bernard Cohen.

Friday 22nd December 10am - 1.00pm
$85.
Places available. Click here to book.

January 2018

"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.
Thursday 18th January 2018 10am - 3.30pm (also offered in December - see above)
$150.
Places available. Click here to book.

NEW "Life in Space" 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?
Friday 19th January 2018 10am - 3.30pm
$150.
Places available. Click here to book.

"Selective Schools Entrance and Scholarship Test Preparation" workshop for current year 5 students.
How to deliver your best creative writing in the test setting - what markers look for, effective use of time, realistic practice tests.
Saturday 20th January 2018 10am - 1.00pm (also offered in December - see above)
$110 or $90 booked with any other September-October holidays creative writing workshop. Places available. Click here to book.

"Poetry among the mangroves" for 9-14 year olds. Using the inspiring mangrove habitat around the wonderful Field Studies Tower venue, create poetry full of atmosphere, direct observation and history. You will gain high-level skills in writing from observation and learn new poetic forms and techniques.
Saturday 20th January 2018 1.30pm - 4.30pm
$85. 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.
Monday 22nd January 2018 10am - 3.30pm (also offered in December - see above)
$150.
Places available. Click here to book.

One-day "Epic Journeys" creative writing workshop for 8-13 year-olds. Create heroic tales, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, mighty characters and powerful rivalries.
Held in the Field Studies Tower at the Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park.
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 10am - 3.30pm
$150. 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.
Wednesday 24th January 2018 10am - 1.00pm
$85. 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.
Thursday 25th January 2018 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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