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.
Where young writers (and some older ones) write.