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 (Workshops)


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 

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

 

COLLECTIVE TIMETABLE
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 writers@thelitcentre.org.au 

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

 

ABOUT THESE DAYS

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

 

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 on phone (08) 9430 6869 or email writers@thelitcentre.org.au.

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.  Year levels scheduled for different dates.
Cost: $30 per student, per term. ($120 per full year)

 

EXAMPLES OF FEEDBACK ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE

For many years we've received superb testimonials from teachers and feedback from participating students about the worth of our unique program.  Read below some recent feedback...

Students:

I think the Young Writers Collective was brilliant! It taught me skills I would have never known otherwise. It’s a great way to express ideas and to bring like-minded people together. It’s super inspiring and I learned lots from the author (Deb Fitzpatrick). It lets young budding writers flourish, grow and hone their skills. - Year 6 Student, Manning Primary School

I really enjoyed this workshop. It was so encouraging and inspirational. I enjoyed writing lists and descriptions. All the helpers were nice. I am very excited to do the other workshops this year. - Year 6 Student, Bibra Lake Primary School

The Young Writers Program was amazing and I think Deb Fitzpatrick is a spectacular Author. She gave us lots of tricks to make our ideas flow onto the page smoothly. I loved the young writers and I’m 100% doing it again.Year 6 Student, Palmyra Primary School

I would definitely recommend the Young Writers Program to anyone interested because it’s such a unique, incredible experience that really pushes you to explore new boundaries and share your ideas. I’ve been every year since Year 7 and it’s just such a highlight of every term! - Year 9 Student, Churchlands Senior High School

Definitely a day worth missing school for. Learning such great writing tips and styles in the fantasy genre from the fantastic author (Meg Caddy) was such an honour. I will no doubt take away a lot from this and apply it to further school work and short stories. I would absolutely recommend it to all young writers and non-writers. - Year 9 Student, Churchlands Senior High School

 

Teachers:

A thoroughly enjoyable day. The author (AJ Betts) was such an engaging speaker and I can see that the students really enjoyed it. I particularly liked the way she had different strategies for generating ideas for writing. Some of them will be useful for the classroom. I would also like to share my appreciation for the staff here at The Literature Centre. All the staff were so friendly and helpful. I was interested in hearing about the different excursions/incursions they offer throughout the state.Year 7 Teacher, Carine Senior High School

The author (Meg Caddy) had a great ability to connect with students of this age group. Her presentations were thoughtful and tailored to the students’ interests and abilities, making the workshop an accessible and inspiring opportunity for students to engage in and grow in their personal writing style. The students particularly appreciated the quiet time they had throughout the day to pen their ideas and flex their creative muscles.Year 9-10 Teacher, Carey Baptist College.

I think today has been a very interesting and well-paced day. The author (Meg Caddy) speaks very clearly and does well to engage her teenage audience. Ample time is given to actually applying the creative writing skills she is teaching and the activities build on each other in a seamless manner. It is awesome to see the students engaged with creative writing and so excited to share their ideas with their peers and Meg. - Year 9 Teacher, John XXIII College.

________________________________________________________________________

How Can We Help?

Please direct enquiries for the Collective and Online programs to our Coordinator via writers@thelitcentre.org.au or call the Centre on 08 9430 6869.