Creative Write-it is turning 10-years-old!
Ten years ago in December 2011, Amy Han ran a writing workshop at Doncaster Library. That was the beginning of Creative Write-it, and everything grew quickly, from workshops in libraries and schools to Amy teaching kids in her kitchen. For six years, Creative Write-it had a home in the studio in Sylvander Street in Balwyn North.
Although COVID-19 has been a disruption, it’s also shown us that the things that make Creative Write-it special are how we work with young writers, how we support and encourage them – it’s not always reliant on us being in the same room together. So after nearly 18 months of learning from change, we’re launching the next stage of our journey – the most exciting development in our ten years of working with young writers so far. On 10 January 2022, we’re launching the Young Writers Collective - an innovative online space where young writers anywhere can gather every week of the year to learn, write and share.
Writing a novel is a journey. It often takes more time and is more challenging than writing a short story. It’s very common to get to the middle of your novel and feel uninspired and not be sure of what to write next or how to make it to the end of your story. You’re not alone, though – this is a very common experience and happens to most (if not all) writers! Our writing mentors have gotten stuck before (many times), so they’ve taken the time to share their tips below.
At Creative Write-it, we pride ourselves on creating a safe space for young writers to write what they’re comfortable with but also get out of their comfort zone and have fun experimenting with different styles and ways of writing.
Here are five different writing styles and some writing prompts to help your kids step out of their comfort zone and have fun in the process. For example, if your child loves writing short stories, perhaps challenge them to write a long story in the style of their favourite book. Or, if they’re comfortable with writing fiction, try encouraging them to write a persuasive piece about something they know a lot about - like animals, technology, or a game you can’t peel them away from!
Here at Creative Write-it, we often get asked by parents how they can support their children on their writing journey. There are a number of things you can do to help you build a stronger connection with your child, as understanding their writing process can make all the difference.
Here are five ways you can support your child’s writing journey.
It's nearly time for us to release our very special, tenth birthday edition of Writ-Bits into the world! Writ-Bits is our annual anthology of writing by young Creative Write-it authors, and this year's theme is 'Journeys'. The anthology encapsulates all the different types of journeys we can go on, such as new beginnings, epic adventures, and the journeys that lead us home.
Here's a sneak peek of a poem from one of our talented young writers which will be included in the anthology. We think it does a wonderful job of capturing the excitement of going on a new adventure!
The Journey Ahead
Packing the matches, food, and water,
Sleeping bag, and camping gear.
I feel prepared and happy.
I have all I need, including beer.
In the morning, I find my jacket and wear
My beanie and my boots.
As I step out my front door,
I say a final goodbye to my roots.
I’m going on an adventure
To somewhere I don’t know.
It might be full of bears and bugs
Or maybe even crows.
The one thing that I know is this:
The mountain I must climb.
I still feel excited,
And I whistle a merry chime.
And here's what our young writer had to say about the inspiration behind their poem:
When I wrote this, I was feeling adventurous. I’m happy with how the poem turned out.
We're excited for you to read Writ-Bits and join us on more exciting journeys. Stay tuned for information about our end-of-year book launch AND birthday party ... coming soon!
At Creative Write-it, our Story Writing Clubs and Writing Mentorships give our young writers the freedom to write creatively. School often requires them to write to specific prompts, write within certain time limits, or to write in styles that don't excite them. This can be a great challenge, but there is so much more fun to be had with creative writing than our school curriculums have space for. A lack of balance can lead them to think that writing is 'boring' and 'hard'. Here at Creative Write-it, we aim to provide this balance by working with our young writers and allowing them the opportunity to write what inspires them.
Here’s how we inspire our young writers:
So, you’re interested in submitting to a writing competition? Fantastic! It may feel nerve-wracking at first, but the experience is worth it! There are many great reasons to enter writing competitions (more on that below - *hint* there's so much more to gain than the chance of winning!) First, here are a few handy tips to help you prepare your submission.
Do you spend ages mulling over words and sentences, in fear that they're not 'right' or that you can do better? Do you ever get frustrated with your work because it sounded better in your head?
Welcome to Winter Wonderland!
Or is it?
Winter can truly be a magical time, with all those big coats, hot drinks and puddles to splash in! For others, winter is all teeth chattering and huddling hear a fire trying to keep warm. When the cold hits, we are always trying to find different ways to keep warm.
So, we have a little investigating for you to do (*gets out magnifying glass*)!
The two had almost reached the edge of the trees when Alyssa stopped.
Where young writers (and some older ones) write.