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Workshop: Short Story and Poetry Writing for Teachers (all day)

  • Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)

What previous participants have said:

"Great ideas to inspire my students"

"Great handout, easy exercises and really useful material for the classroom"

"Hands on, practical content, great resources"

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 offering workshops for the teaching of creative writing in secondary schools, focused on short story writing and poetry. 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.

This full day workshop will provide guidance for English and Literature teachers wishing to develop their skills in teaching creative writing to secondary school students. It will focus on both poetry and short fiction, and will cover four steps: how to motivate students to think and write creatively; getting started; how to encourage students to develop and conclude their work; and how to refine and edit their writing. The workshop will also consider writing under timed conditions (for in-class work and exams) and writing out-of-class at a more leisurely and reflective pace.

Instructor: 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: $145 includes morning tea and lunch

Spaces limited to 15 participants