Young Writers Collective

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The Young Writers Collective is our 'face-to-face' program that is divided into groups depending students' age, what year students commence the program, and also which location/town they attend. Our extensive line-up of Australian Authors are scheduled to present workshops in these locations each year:

  • Metro Area - Fremantle
  • Regional Areas - Albany, Bunbury, Busselton and Geraldton 

If you aren't able to access our program, you may be interested in Young Writers Online. Find out more HERE


About These Days

Download the promotional flyer for Young Writers Collective HERE

Term 3 Teachers with Kirli Saunders - Please find link to Red Room Poetry - Poem Forest Project HERE

The purpose of Young Writers Collective is to nurture a group of young people over several years by exposing them to superb Australian Authors, but also enabling them to meet and form friendships with other like-minded readers and writers. The students find these one-day workshops informative, practical, intense, inspiring and fun. 

Enrolled students commit to one full day in each of the four school terms. Once the year is completed (4 days), participants are invited to return each consecutive year to engage with new Authors and to further develop their skills.  It's not too late to join! Students can still join the program in Term 4 and only be charged for the final term.

A typical schedule for the day includes:

  • Author shares his/her background experiences and how they relate to their writing
  • Author presents two or three hands-on creative writing workshops
  • Students engage in silent writing, sharing and editing (small and large groups)
  • All participants finish each day with the start of one or more pieces of writing

The Authors who work with us are carefully chosen for their list of critically acclaimed publications in many genre, a warm and empowering presentation style, different personalities and backgrounds, and a varied approach to the craft of writing.  Each Author is a brilliant teacher of his/her craft. The Literature Centre's Director or Education Officers manage the room each day, working alongside the presenting Author.

Many teachers have registered students in the program over several years and have provided superb feedback, including this from Orietta Stokes, English Teacher and Academic Excellence Program Coordinator at Kalamunda Senior High School:

"We have been working in partnership with The Literature Centre for a number of years now and found the Young Writers Collective program to be highly beneficial to our students. The students are motivated to attend the sessions and find working with published Australian authors to be illuminating and motivating. Students who have attended the program over a number of years perform well in creative writing tasks in English and a couple of graduates from the program who continued from Year 9 through to Year 12 achieved very high results in the Composing section of their WACE English examinations." 


Collective Timetables

The 2021 timetables for Young Writers Collective, showing our scheduled authors, dates and locations in WA, are available below. It has been a challenge to set the program but we're thrilled with the outcome. Our Collective timetables for 2021 are subject to change inline with border restrictions. Download your copy below and book in now by emailing writers@thelitcentre.org.au 

Please note: Some Term 4 changes to Presenting Authors effective 6 September 2021 are due to WA border restrictions as a result of COVID-19 in some Australian states. 
Michael Pryor (VIC) is unable to travel to WA due to border restrictions with VIC travellers. Amends include:
  • Geraldton 13-15 October - Presenting author now Kathryn Lefroy (WA). Learn more about Kathryn here.
  • Bunbury/Busselton 18-22 October - Presenting author now Rebecca Higgie (WA). Learn more about Rebecca here.
  • Fremantle 8-12 November | Years 7-8 - Presenting author now Meg Caddy (WA). Learn more about Meg here.

Vikki Wakefield (SA) is also unable to travel to WA due to border restrictions with SA travellers. Amends include:
  • Fremantle 18-21 October | Years 9-12 - Presenting author now Kate McCaffery (WA). Learn more about Kate here.
  • Albany 3-5 November - CANCELLED - we will be in touch to provide access to Young Writers Online
Our thoughts are with Michael, Vikki and all of our friends over east. We look forward to seeing them again soon. 

2021 Young Writers Collective timetables around WA:

2021 Young Writers Collective in Fremantle/Perth Metro 

2021 Young Writers Collective in Bunbury & Busselton

2021 Young Writers Collective in Geraldton 


Register For Collective

To register students in the program, or to find out more, please fill out and email a form below. For clarification or questions, please contact the Centre by phone (08) 9430 6869 or email writers@thelitcentre.org.au

For individual students - Young Writers Collective Individual Student Registration Form 

For student groups - Young Writers Collective School Student Registration Form

Young Writers Collective - Photo/Filming Form for Teachers

Registrations are essential to ensure student numbers can be monitored, particularly in the regions. To avoid disappointment, please ensure timely communication with our staff as workshop dates do book out.  All attending adults and students over 16 years old will be required to check-in when they arrive at our Centre (QR code or written), as per WA COVID-19 regulations. 

Duration: Students attend 1 day per term, 4 days per year. A different Author presents each term.
Suitable: Year 6 to Year 12. 
Cost: $120.00 per student, per year ($30 per term - you can still book for Term 4)  


👋 Teachers! Attend a Young Writers day for Professional Learning and see our program in action. 
Please have a look at our timetables above, let us know the date/year level/author that suits you and get in touch. Attendance is free. Contact Deb at writers@thelitcentre.org.au