Online course - Term 4, 2020

Designed for students aged 9 years and up

5 weeks: starting 31 October, 2020

Learning modules are released each Saturday -
to be completed at the best time for your child during the week

Be story smart!

$249 per participant
Student Special: $199 per participant

Students will:

*Short pieces this length are common in assessments for this age – but are difficult to write well.

How it works

1. Where and when
We use Google Classrooms - simply because most students are familiar with it. There will be a new module each Saturday, consisting of video lessons, worksheets and exercises, to be completed before the next week. It will require an investment of up to an hour per week. Kirsty will be checking progress and answering student's questions.
2. What and how
Your child will learn a story-making process, from ideas through to drafting and editing. They will apply fundamentals of story, character, setting and structure to their own story. Kirsty leads by example, step-by-step. It's intuitive doing, rather than removed theory. Students submit their completed story for feedback from Kirsty.
3. Why
Humans are the only species that communicate in stories. Your child is five Saturdays away from stronger, more confident storytelling - a skill that will serve them well for school and for life.

Students are immersed in stories, consuming them every day, yet they struggle to write their own. Why?

1. Students can find it difficult to fit BIG ideas into small containers.

2. They are expected to write stories but have rarely been stepped through the process of making one. Too often, students hand in an idea not a story.

The solution? Guide them through the process.

Kirsty shares how she goes about making a story - as a professional writer.
She does this step-by-step, getting students to apply each part of the process to their own story.
She shows students how to fit their "live" story into a small word count.
It's fun and fast.
It's learning through doing.
It taps students' innate storytelling ability.
It's a story-first approach.

This course is for:

Australian students aged 9 and above.

About Kirsty:

Kirsty works with stories, telling her own and helping others tell theirs.
She is the author of four Young Adult novels, published internationally. Her work has won and been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, including the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Young Adult fiction, the Ethel Turner prize for Young Adult's Literature and the Gold Inky. She is currently writing the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her debut novel, Raw Blue.

Each year, Kirsty speaks to thousands of students, inspiring them to create, not just consume, choose action over distraction, and to read, not just view. She was a featured speaker on the 2018 Sydney Writers' Festival School Days program.

Over the last ten years she has delivered author talks, writing workshops, residencies and keynotes at schools, writing festivals and other venues to audiences ranging from 4 to 1500, Australia-wide.


Australian school students, aged 9 and above.

Yes! Especially if they want to gain confidence in their storytelling abilities and learn the fundamentals of story, character, setting and structure.

Course material is delivered online through Google Classrooms. Video lessons, worksheets and other materials are distributed each Saturday, and students can ask questions as needed. Students are expected to work through the material at a time that suits them during the week. 

Parents/guardians will be emailed an access code for the classroom the day prior to the course starting. 

Students will submit their stories for Kirsty’s feedback via the classroom (through Google Docs) or a Microsoft Word doc emailed to Kirsty. 

Kirsty will email story feedback and a certificate of completion to the parent/guardian email. 

Students will also need pens/pencils and paper. 

The aim of this course is to be fun, fast and practical. 

There are two video learning modules each week, that will take 10 minutes or less each to watch/work through.  

Students may be required to spend an additional 10 to 30 minutes on their story in a given week.

Please note – tasks aren’t meant to be onerous, and spending ages on a task doesn’t necessarily make the outcome better. The steps in this approach have been distilled over ten years of story teaching to thousands of students.  


Yes. It is a requirement for all Creative Kids providers that they have a current Working with Children check.  Kirsty is also required to have a WWC check due to her speaking engagements with high schools.

Yes. Students work on a piece of writing during the course and submit it for feedback from Kirsty. There is also ample opportunity to ask questions, seek help and get less formal feedback during the course. 

No! Storytelling is for life. The course will get you thinking about stories and how they can be framed to fit all sorts of different situations.

Not at all! Part of what we cover is how to use stimulus materials, associations, connections and what you know about people to come up with great story ideas.

No. If you have ever daydreamed, or told a lie, or read a book, or watched a movie, or dealt with another human being, you have the foundations required. 

Yes. You are getting an insight into how another writer works. You will be challenged and stretched by generating new material based on a freshly made character and their world, to meet a brief, in one session. 

Yes. If you are a NSW resident with a Creative Kids voucher, you can enter it in the registration process. 

From Service NSW: 

The NSW Government is helping kids get creative with the Creative Kids program.

Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each school-enrolled child aged 4.5-18 years.

The voucher may be used with an approved activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for performing arts, visual arts, coding, languages, literarature, music and other eligible creative and cultural activities.”

You can find out more about the Creative Kids program on the Service NSW Website here.

  1. Enrol your student in the workshop.
  2. Pay the registration fee.
  3. Fill out your voucher details during the registration process.
  4. Your voucher will be validated and we will contact you if there are any issues.
  5. Funds will be reimbursed to your payment method within 7 business days of the workshop taking place.
  6. Please note, vouchers can only be used once.
  7. For more information regarding the use of vouchers, please visit the Creative Kids website.

Thank you for your interest! Kirsty is developing a series of online courses that can be completed anytime, anywhere. Due to the time difference, they would probably be a better option for you. Available very soon! 

Cancellations will be accepted up to 24 hours prior to the workshop and monies refunded minus a $10 admin fee to cover registration system fees and merchant fees. Thank you for your understanding.

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STORY SMART for Primary School takes place over 5 weeks, with new learning modules released each Saturday (31 October to 28 November, 2020).
$249 per participant
Student Special! $199 per participant