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Online workshop for teens

8 Oct, 2020 (9AM to 12PM AEDT)

Be a better storyteller

9AM to 12PM AEDT
(NSW Time applies after daylight savings change)
$189 per participant
Student Special: $149 per participant
Please note, limited to the first 15 participants registered
How it works
1. Start
Print out your story pack, log onto Zoom and say hello to Kirsty. She'll be guiding you the whole way.
2. Write
No staring at a blank page - you'll be writing within minutes. Learn by doing, step-by-step, in one session.
3. Finish
Write like a writer, edit like an editor, submit your work and grow from the feedback.

Students will:

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

1. Students struggle to fit BIG ideas into small containers.

2. Assessment tasks, word limits and deadlines can lead to overwhelm, squashing an instinctive creative ability. Too often, students hand in an idea not a story. Worst of all, they can lose heart and confidence.

The solution? Guide them through the process.

Kirsty shares the sequence she uses to develop stories in her professional writing career.
She shows students how to stay "on-brief" - meeting word counts and deadlines - while enjoying themselves, tapping into their innate storytelling ability.
It's fun and fast.
It's learning through doing
(not death by theory).

This workshop is for:

Australian students aged 12 to 18 years.

About Kirsty:

Kirsty works with stories, telling her own and helping others tell theirs.
She is the author of four Young Adult novels. 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 high school students, aged 12 to 18 years.

The workshop is delivered online in one three-hour Zoom session with Kirsty. Workshop support materials (the Story Pack) are made available via Google Classrooms. Participants will be emailed access codes for both. Please print out the support materials ready for use during the workshop. You will also need pens or pencils and a notepad or paper. 

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 workshop and submit it for feedback from Kirsty. There is also ample opportunity to ask questions, seek help and get less formal feedback during the workshop. 

No! Storytelling is for life. The workshop 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! 

There will be two short breaks during the workshop to keep brains fresh. 

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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Be a better storyteller

9AM to 12PM AEDT
(NSW Time applies after daylight savings change)
$189 per participant
Student Special: $149 per participant
Please note, limited to the first 15 participants registered