NEW: Writer’s Retreat
Children will spend a wonderful, creative week writing most, if not all, of their book. Personal mentoring of their individual work is key to the week. Other writers on the retreat will help with carefully guided, vital feedback on the work. Above all, we have lots of fun!
Next retreat: January 20-24, 2020. Contact us for further information or to book.
The Writer’s Group Workshop
Over a three-hour session, children will learn how to structure an age-appropriate novel. Yes – a whole novel!
Within this structure we will then apply the child’s story idea, and their first book will come to life in words. We will write a chapter breakdown for their novel, which will be individually mentored by the tutor, and the child will leave with a perfected plan for their very own book.
The novel will then be completed in the Writer’s Group component.
The Writer’s Groups
The Writer’s Groups comprise of several two-hour sessions, in a small group of children. For older children, writing larger novels, there may be more, or longer sessions required.
The children work on one chapter per session, which they have written at home, according to our chapter layouts completed in the Workshop. Each writer reads out their chapter. This can be scary – even for experienced adults, but a kind hand will guide them through and even help them read if needed. Before long the confidence will come.
After the reading, it’s feedback time. We move methodically through the group’s feedback one by one. Feedback must follow set guidelines (looking at character, scene, emotion, drama, and so on), which keeps it positive and useful in developing the story, and is carefully guided by the tutor. The feedback rounds finish with the tutor’s feedback, and with a look at what the writer will work on in their next chapter, at home, for the following session. Writers are encouraged to think deeply and provide feedback that will not double up with other’s comments – guided by the tutor, this is where different writing techniques will be learnt.
What do I have at the end?
Our writer will also now have the notes on structuring a book, and skills to organise your own writer’s group, so you can continue writing more books and learning and producing work, forever. Very often, groups have gained such a wonderful level of trust and knowledge about each other’s writing, that they will continue alone. Or, we can facilitate more writer’s groups on different writing skills and areas for our writers. Writer’s Groups are not just for novels – there are memoirs, blogging, magazine articles – so many to choose from!
Please contact us for further information.
Writer’s Group Workshop
- Three-hour workshop session on how to write a novel, including handouts
- Individual mentoring on your idea for a novel
- Afternoon tea for our ‘treat break’
- A completed chapter layout for your novel
- A special notebook and pen with which to write your first novel
- Regular two-hour sessions, with a ‘treat break’ (this can vary according to group size).
- Individual tutor mentoring on all chapters
- Guided group workshopping on all chapters
- Confidence building in a safe environment – and wonderful friendships!
- A finished novel manuscript
Cost: $40 per session
**Please look our for our specials! The more children writing the better so we always have something to encourage that first step!**
Please note: The Workshop can be done alone. To attend the Writer’s Groups, the Workshop must be completed to ensure all writers are working with the same level of knowledge and terminology.
Felicity has run writer’s groups for adults for 7 years, and worked in primary school with children in literacy for 9 years, as well as studying Early Childhood Teaching. She has a current Working with Children check and ABN.