Creative Writing Workshops
Workshops are available for children from age 8 and up, teenagers and adults. Material is adapted to suit the ability of the group, either focusing on a particular topic or exploring the art of fiction. Love of stories is innate in every human being. Not every child will become a professional writer but everyone – no matter what their age or level of literacy – can learn to develop their ability as a writer and storyteller.
For children and teenagers, the focus of workshops (as versus talks) is on creative writing and sessions usually run for one hour. Workshops include a brief introduction and then each student begins to build a story, usually through developing a character and doing a writing exercise that will kick-start a story line. In extended workshops for keen writers we explore the core principles of good writing: originality, use of language, character development, and structure.
In workshops for adults the topic may be ‘writing for children or young adults,’ though I also teach ‘writing historical fiction’, ‘the art of research’ and aspects of the craft of fiction.
Workshops can be tailored to meet specific outcomes and to suit any audience. Classes may include up to 30 participants
If you would like to make a booking for workshops or talks at your school, library, conference or festival please email:
- Kirsty Murray has that great combination – a talented author and also an inspiring and interesting speaker. Her enthusiasm immediately engages students as she talks about her writing and the historical research that she becomes so involved in as part of the background for many of her books – both fiction and non-fiction.
I was also very impressed with the varied and creative activities that Kirsty undertook with my students in writing workshops. Her manner encouraged and motivated them with ideas and steps to explore and experiment with, in order to develop their own writing styles. As a result of Kirsty’s examples and exercises, each student produced a short story of a high standard, of which they were justifiably proud.
Suzanne Thwaites Junior School Teacher-Librarian. Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School. Victoria, Australia