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Reaching out to Teachers Australia-wide! Young Writers Online for Students

Posted 2 months ago by Webmaster

An Exciting & Accessible Program by The Literature Centre in WA


Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis, we’ve found a way to deliver accessible learning opportunities ONLINE for students, not only here in WA but for use Australia-wide.  

We think this is an exciting creative opportunity for our interstate and territory friends at this time.

Since April, we’ve moved our face-to-face Talented Young Writers’ Programme for Years 6-12 to a series of pre-recorded author videos on a private platform.  We know the value of offering a programme with maximum flexibility for teachers and unique learning experiences for students.  

Given high demand last term we will continue with Young Writers Online this year and into next year!

Our award-winning Australian authors of young adult books have created a range of activities and challenges that focus on student learning, creativeness and their wellbeing at this time.  


Read on for Young Writers Online: 

Presenting Authors & Year Levels

What to Expect

Programme Delivery & Registration

Feedback from Participants


See suitable year levels, authors and links to Content Flyers detailing their sessions below.


Suitable Year 6

Meg McKinlay (WA) - for Junior Writers, 6 x 30 minute sessions.  See Meg's Content Flyer

Deb Fitzpatrick (WA) - for Junior Writers, 6 x 30 minute sessions.  See Deb's Content Flyer

Also, suitable for avid readers and keen writers in Year 5


Suitable Year 7

Meg McKinlay (WA) - for Junior Writers, 6 x 30 minutes.  See Meg's Content Flyer

Deb Fitzpatrick (WA) - for Junior Writers, 6 x 30 minutes.  See Deb's Content Flyer

Scot Gardner (VIC) - for Senior Writers, 9 x 20 minutes.  See Scot's Content Flyer


Suitable Year 8

Meg McKinlay (WA) - for Junior Writers, 6 x 30 minutes.  See Meg's Content Flyer

Scot Gardner (VIC) - for Senior Writers, 9 x 20 minutes.  See Scot's Content Flyer


Suitable Years 9 to 12

Scot Gardner (VIC) - for Senior Writers, 9 x 20 minutes.  See Scot's Content Flyer

Mark Smith (VIC) - for Senior Writers, 6 x 30 minutes.  See Mark's Content Flyer

Meg McKinlay (WA) - for Senior Writers, 6 x 30 minutes.  See Meg's Content Flyer

Isobelle Carmody (QLD) - for Senior Writers, 9 x 20 minutes.  See Isobelle's Content Flyer

Future Recordings Planned With:

Anthony Eaton (ACT) - for Senior Writers Years 9-12

                                             - for Junior Writers Years 6-8

Dianne Wolfer (WA) - for Junior Writers Years 6-8

                                           - for Senior Writers Years 9-12

Deb Abela (NSW) - for Junior Writers Years 6-7

James Foley (WA) - for Junior Writers Years 6-7

Barry Jonsberg (NT) - for Junior Writers Years 6-8

                                          - for Senior Writers Years 9-12



  • Imaginative and creative writing warm-ups. Hook your students into writing!
  • Development of writing skills and processes guided by award-winning authors. 
  • Tips on generating, organising and editing writing ideas. 
  • Opportunity to develop students' reading journey through author readings from their books. 
  • Introduction to new genres to expand reading repertoire. 
  • Insights into how an author thinks and writes.
  • A practical learning opportunity which directly supports classroom activities. 
  • Superb professional learning with Professional Learning certificate towards Teacher Registration hours for all participating teachers and teacher librarians.



  • We’re offering an introductory fee in 2020 for schools and families during COVID times.  Individual student bookings are $20 per student BUT for teachers you can register a whole class/group for the low fee of $10 per student, per author series. Each term, sessions from a new author will be made available as we build our online resources.
  • Teachers receive links to 6 x 30 minute or 9 x 20 minute sessions (depending on author) tailored to specific year levels. Enjoy 3 hours of insights and learning.
  • Sessions are sequential and include the background to, and a reading from one of the author’s books; a discussion of the writing idea the author is exploring; and a creative writing task to be done later by students at the teacher’s discretion. A session content flyer for each author can be found above. Each author is unique in their delivery, writing processes and genre.  
  • As each learning environment is unique you can schedule one session per day, one per week or deliver all together for one big ‘writing day’.  The flexibility of the programme means you can use it teaching in the classroom or for students learning from home. 
  • Video links for each session are password protected and content is subject to copyright. Links for all sessions are sent together and will direct teachers to Vimeo, with access monitored and an expiry date set. These details are provided following registration.  
  • Registration Forms for schools can be found on our website HERE
    Email registrations or enquiries to or contact us in Fremantle on phone 08 9430 6869.  Invoices are emailed late each term.


Term 2 Students:

There were so many things that I had never even thought to try in my writing. I think this was an amazing opportunity to improve my writing. - Student, Year 6, Perth College

I really like this programme. I learned a lot and the things they teach you are very different from what you would do in class. I really like how each author’s style of writing is really different. – Student, Year 8, Perth College

It was great. I learned a lot of new tips with writing dialogue between characters. I also learned how to view environments and events in the characters point of view. - Student, Year 10, Swan Christian College

Very informative and insightful, definitely learnt a lot and got plenty of practice out of it. - Student, Year 7, South Coast Baptist College

Really interesting and I got a lot of tips and ideas. Deb is really interesting and inspiring. - Student, Year 6, East Narrogin Primary

It taught me a lot on how to develop characters and a story. I needed help on how to write narratives and Isobelle gave me more than that. She taught me so many things that I can’t put in words or it will take up 2 whole pages. - Student, Year 9, Mandurah Catholic College 

I thought the author’s sessions were very helpful as we learnt so much about how to construct and write stories so it can become the best possible version we can create, and so we can spread a concept or idea that is really important to us to the rest of society. Student, Year 8, Perth College


Term 2 Teachers:

I think the sessions have run really well. The students have been excited and engaged. We are really enjoying them. - Teacher, Yuna Primary School

The sessions were very engaging and promoted the students to think about their writing. The students were highly motivated to write and listen to Deb’s advice. They thoroughly enjoyed every session. - Deputy Principal, East Narrogin Primary School

Thanks so much for your innovation in these times.Principal, Walkaway Primary School

We are thrilled that you have been able to organise this for our students. - Teacher, Coogee Primary School