Young Writers

Our Young Writers programs are for avid readers and writers in Years 6 to Year 12. Available face-to-face or online. (Formerly called Talented Young Writers' Program)

2021 Young Writers Collective and Online

We're excited to share with you Young Writers Collective AND Young Writers Online details below for 2021....


The Young Writers Collective is our 'face-to-face' program (formerly Talented Young Writers 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 


The 2021 timetable for Young Writers Collective, showing our scheduled authors, dates and locations in WA, are now ready.  It has been a challenge to set the program but we're thrilled with the outcome.  Download your copy below and book in now for 2021 by emailing 

2021 Young Writers Collective timetables around WA:

2021 Young Writers Collective in Bunbury & Busselton updated Nov 2020

2021 Young Writers Collective in Fremantle/Perth Metro 

2021 Young Writers Collective in Albany 

2021 Young Writers Collective in Geraldton



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.  

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.

“I kept thinking during that week how passionately I would have loved to be part of such a group when I was young.” Isobelle Carmody - Author and program presenter

“For me, to have been given the opportunity to share with students where my ideas come from, and how my life experiences have shaped my work, has been the most profound and rewarding of teaching experiences.” Matt Ottley – Author/Illustrator and program presenter



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 on phone (08) 9430 6869 or email

For individual students - Young Writers Collective Individual Student Registration Form  HERE

For student groups - Young Writers Collective School Student Registration Form  HERE

Young Writers Collective - Photo/Filming Form for Teachers  HERE

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 via the SAFE WA app 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. (remaining the same in 2021)


Due to popular demand, our innovative Young Writers Online program will continue in 2021, alongside the Collective program.  

Unlike our inaugural year, bookings will be made PER SEMESTER (two terms) to assist with administration of the program.  Young Writers Online will run simultaneously with Young Writers Collective (face to face) as Online enables further reach to students throughout WA who cannot attend the Collective program, and is better suited to some schools/individuals given the flexibility of program delivery.



Due to COVID-19, we found a way to deliver exciting learning opportunities for young people, Years 6 to 12, via a series of videos by top Australian YA Authors. Our award-winning authors create a range of activities and challenges that focus on student learning and creativity. Students receive the suite of writing sessions by each author (2 per semester) tailored to their year level. We’ve kept flexible program delivery in mind so that it that it fits easily into your classroom and/or online situation (and gives parents options at home).   

What to Expect:

  • Imaginative and creative writing warm-ups. Hook your students into writing!
  • Development of writing skills and processes guided by award winning Australian YA 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 PL certificate towards Teacher Registration hours for all participating teachers and librarians. 

Online Delivery:

We will provide 6 x 30 minute sessions/lessons OR 9 x 20 minute sessions/lessons (approximate time). These are pre-recorded and are designed to be viewed in sequence.  Each will include the background to, and a reading from, one of the author’s books; a discussion of the writing idea the author is exploring with the students; and an outline of a creative writing task to be done later by the students at the teacher’s discretion following the session. This format may vary slightly between sessions.

We know that breaking up sessions provides flexibility in delivery.  It is your choice!  For example, schedule one session per day, one per week or deliver all together for one big ‘writing day’. Links for all sessions are sent together. They will direct students to the Centre's private Vimeo platform, with access monitored and an expiry date set. These details are provided following registration.  



See below our exciting Semester 1, 2021 (Term 1 & 2) Online program of presenting authors for each year group:

Year 6 Students - Deborah Abela (NSW)   View Deborah's session content flyer HERE

Year 7-8 Students - Dianne Wolfer (WA)   View Dianne's session content flyer HERE

Year 9-12 Students - Michael Pryor (VIC)    View Michael's session content flyer HERE

PLUS, Young Writers Online participants also have access to a series of videos from our Author Library eg. recordings previously released that you may have missed. These authors for each year level include:

Author Library Year 6

Deb Fitzpatrick (WA)  See Deb's Content Flyer

Meg McKinlay (WA)  See Meg's Year 6  Content Flyer


Author Library Year 7-8

Barry Jonsberg (NT)  See Barry's Content Flyer

Scot Gardner (VIC)  See Scot's Content Flyer


Author Library Years 9-12

Anthony Eaton (ACT)  See Anthony's Content Flyer

Isobelle Carmody (QLD)  See Isobelle's Content Flyer

Mark Smith (VIC)  See Mark's Content Flyer

Meg McKinlay (WA) See Meg's Years 9-12 Content Flyer

Scot Gardner (VIC) See Scot's Content Flyer



Suitable: Year 6 to Year 12. 
New Cost: $30 per student, per semester (2 terms, 2 authors)

Please complete our Young Writers Online registration form below - either the School version (for Teachers registering student groups) or the Individual version (for Parents registering their child directly).

For Student Groups Semester 1, 2021 -  Young Writers Online School Form

For Individual Students Semester 1, 2021 -  Young Writers Online Individual Form

Remember, students will enjoy access to two sets of Author recordings for the Semester, for the one low fee. On the form choose one new presenting author PLUS one from our Author Library (previous recordings).

Once registration forms have been received, copyright forms will be released, followed by the video links which can be accessed throughout the semester.



How Can We Help?

Please direct enquiries for both the Collective and Online programs to our Coordinator via or call the Centre on 08 9430 6869.