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)

Young Writers Online - For School or Home


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. In particular, we think this is an exciting creative opportunity for our interstate and territory friends at this time.

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

Our award-winning Australian authors of Young Adult books have each created over 3 hours of content suitable for a classroom setting or 'at home' learning. With a focus on writing skills development, creativity and insights into the author's career, we know viewers will be inspired and entertained.  It is also superb Professional Learning for teachers!

Exciting News! Due to high demand, we will continue with Young Writers Online this year and beyond!  It will run in tandem with our face-to-face Young Writers Collective program. (see HERE for current Collective program information)

To download a flyer or share this opportunity, see our Young Writers Online Flyer HERE.



In Term 4 we have two new YA Author presentations for us to add to Vimeo, plus regional students can now access Mark Smith videos. 

Term 4 Timetable HERE


Term 4 Line-up 

Barry Jonsberg (NT), 6 x 30 minute sessions for all metro Perth and Regional WA students in Years 6-8. Available from 12 October. 

Session Content & Author Info HERE   

(Alternatively, Year 6 students who can attend in-person at The Literature Centre in Fremantle can choose from 1 of 3 dates to register in October. See details HERE.)

Anthony Eaton (ACT), 6 x 30 minute sessions for all metro Perth students in Years 9-12. Available from 12 October.

Session Content & Author Info HERE

Mark Smith (VIC) - 6 x 30 minute sessions for all Regional WA students in Years 9-12. Available from 12 October.   

Session Content & Author Info  HERE


Term 3 authors have recorded their presentations.

Program availability 27 July to 30 October, 2020 (extensions available).  

Term 3 Timetable HERE

Teachers - If you have students already enrolled in our writing program, see our handy timetables to assist you with selecting the next author for your students online, taking into account authors they have already worked with.  

Term fees for Young Writers Online will be the same price as in Term 2. (see below - $20 for individuals, $10 per student for classes)

Teachers/Parents - for all previously registered TYWP Online schools/students, simply email us to advise of your continued participation or any amends to numbers.  For any new school or individual student registrations complete our online forms and check our Timetables for author advice.

Registration form for Teachers for whole classes or multiple students HERE

Registration form for Parents for individual/private students HERE


Term 3 Line-up

Meg McKinlay (WA) - 6 x 30 min. sessions for Year 6’s in metro Perth and regional WA.  

Session Content & Author Info  HERE

Mark Smith (VIC) - 6 x 30 min. sessions for Years 9-12's in metro Perth.   

Session Content & Author Info  HERE

Scot Gardner (VIC) - 9 x 20 min. sessions for Year 7-8's in metro Perth & regional WA; and Years 9-12's in regional WA. 

Session Content & Author Info  HERE




For any new school or individual student registrations see the forms below and read on for: 
  1. Presenting Authors and Year Levels
  2. What to Expect
  3. Program Delivery and Registration
  4. Feedback from Participants


1. Presenting Authors and Year Levels

See below the full list of authors, suitable year levels and links to Content Flyers detailing sessions.  More presenting authors adding to our line-up will be announced shortly.


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 Junior/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 Junior/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 (different recording)  See Meg's Content Flyer

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

New Recordings Coming Term 4:

Anthony Eaton (ACT) - for Senior Writers Years 9-12  (available from 12 October 2020)

Barry Jonsberg (NT) - for Junior Writers Years 6-8  (available from 12 October 2020)


Future Recordings Planned With:

Anthony Eaton (ACT) - for Junior Writers Years 6-8

Barry Jonsberg (NT) - for Senior Writers Years 9-12

Dianne Wolfer (WA) - for Junior Writers Years 6-8  AND  for Senior Writers Years 9-12

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

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


2. What to Expect 

  • 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.


3. Program Delivery and Registration

  • 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.

4. Summary of Feedback from Online Participants


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



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

Just an email to let you know how much I am enjoying watching Scot’s presentations with the GSG writing workshop students.  The quality of Scot’s presentations – content and presentation (love the two cameras and the musical interludes and varied settings) – is outstanding.  I am learning a great deal of useful stuff as I listen and am keen to share my notes with my Year 12 English students – so many great ideas to help them develop their creative writing.  Students of all ages were very engaged and we had lots of fun in the breaks sharing our writing and ideas. - Teacher, Head of English, Great Southern Grammar

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