Elements of Storywriting
Each workshop is 90 minutes long with engaging lessons, small group activities and individual exercises.
How do you come up with story ideas? Not sure where to begin? This workshop explores different ways to find stories from your experiences and stimulating prompts. Have fun discovering the stories inside you.
Word choice is an important skill when writing descriptively. Learn how to use exciting, powerful and specific words to make your writing more descriptive. Explore techniques such as writing from the senses, onomatopoeia and metaphors.
Show Don't Tell
An important lesson for writing great stories, students learn how to master this skill to improve their writing.
How do you create characters that engage your reader? Discover how to build believable characters that make your story unputdownable.
All About Plot
What makes an exciting plot? How do you sustain your plot for a whole story? Learn how to build problems, create tension and resolve stories in creative ways.
Editing to Improve
What makes good editing? Build on your story strengths and amplify your voice. Learn about peer editing and how feedback can enhance your story.
We offer a choice of poetry workshops. Students can explore different types and elements of poetry (narrative and lyric, form, imagery, sound and voice).
Alternatively we can offer a workshop focusing on a poetry theme, two examples of popular workshops are:
Nonsense poetry - Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Dr Seuss are a few poets we look at to see how much fun we can have with silly poems. Learn from the masters and then have a go yourself.
Nature poetry - We try to incorporate some time outside for this workshop to study nature first hand, or we can bring nature into the classroom with props, videos and sounds. We look at some nature poems and create our own.
"The warm-ups really got your creative juices flowing.”
Grade 5 Student
I learnt that you have to use describing words when you make a story so people could picture the story in their head.
Grade 4 Student
My favourite lesson was when we made funny and interesting characters.
I liked it when we got feedback, it might not be good feedback but they are not trying to be mean.
Grade 5 Students
Thank you for showing me how to write more and use detail. Also for showing me how to be creative. It was so fun working with you.
Grade 5 Student at Dixon Grove Public School
Story Quest's impact on student writing has positively changed their attitudes. Students once saw writing as a task and now see it as an opportunity for their voices to be heard. I would highly recommend Charlotte to be a part of a class writing process!
Principal at Parkdale Public School
I feel that writing now is fun and is very creative and now I like it better than before.
Grade 4 Student at Dixon Grove Public School