The English and Literature Curricula require students to produce a creative piece of writing; that is, one that’s imaginative rather than analytical.
The task is important not only because it is assessed but also because of its potential to give the less academically able students a chance to demonstrate their understanding of concepts and the different effects of language use in other than essay form. Producing a polished creative text can also be psychologically beneficial for students, providing them with a sense of pleasure in developing and crafting their stories and in exploring issues and experiences that matter to them.
We are currently offering workshops for the teaching of creative writing in secondary schools, focused on short story writing. The workshops are suited to a range of abilities, from a basic understanding of narrative, to the capacity to experiment with language, form and structure. The overall aim is to make creative writing both enjoyable and rigorous, a process of using intuition and imagination and then thinking carefully about the creative choices.
These three-hour workshops will be conducted by a facilitator experienced in creative writing, editing and teaching. The first hour will focus on language use, the second on point of view and voice and the third on structure. Teachers will be asked to do short creative writing exercises and will receive feedback on their efforts. Handouts will be available for use in the classroom.
These workshops provide a valuable opportunity for teachers to develop skills in the appreciation and writing of prose ahead of the 2018 Western Australian Young Writers’ Competition
SUSAN MIDALIA is the author of three collections of short stories, all shortlisted for major literary awards. Her first novel will be published by Fremantle Press next year. She has taught literature at both secondary and tertiary levels for over 30 years and is an experienced workshop facilitator.
Cost : $110
Limited to 14 participants
HOW TO GET THERE
By Train : from Perth Station it is a 12-15 minute walk to the Centre for Stories.
By Bus : from Perth Busport it is also a 12-15 minute walk to Centre for Stories.
Driving: there are lots of carparks within walking distance
(i) Wilson Parking just behind us, entry off Errichetti Place which is off Zempilas Lane which runs between Newcastle Street or Aberdeen Streets. Cost: $11.00 for 1-2 hour and $2.00 per hour thereafter.
(ii) City of Perth Carpark, runs across two streets and can be entered via 104 Francis Street or 121 Aberdeen Street is a five minute walk to the Centre. Cost : $4 per hour.
(iii) City of Perth State Library Carpark on 15 Francis Street, Perth. Cost : $4 per hour.
Please see parking map below.
(Click top left hand icon to initiate, then click 'Centre for Stories')