It's no surprise, we love books at Creative Write-it! Books are a great way to learn about the world. For kids, they provide a chance to see, hear, and feel the experiences of other people, helping them to develop empathy and understanding.
We are often asked by parents for book recommendations, so as part of our NAIDOC Week celebrations we thought we'd suggest some awesome books created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the original storytellers of this land.
If you know any young people who are looking for books to read this summer, check out the links below!
As part of NAIDOC Week 2020, we're celebrating books and words by indigenous writers. We were lucky enough to sit down (online) with Worimi poet Ryan Prehn, who spoke to us about discovering how poetry gives him a structure to express himself.
Each year for Halloween, our studio becomes Creative Fright-it! as we work on spooky prompts. This year we worked on two-sentence horror stories; a deceptively simple structure that challenges you to set up seemingly-normal scenarios then twist your reader’s expectation with a spooky second sentence.
Our young authors were frightfully good at choosing their words to conjure up eerie atmospheres and chilling conclusions. Here are some of the highlights from this year!
During the school holidays, Creative Write-it held a ‘Show us your Stories’ workshop. The basis of this workshop was to identify ways of storytelling by showing rather than telling. We used film as a means of visual storytelling, and we even looked at the senses (but more on that later).
A vital tool we used was the art of the short film. With the two different age groups, we looked at two films. They were Piper (2016) and The Present (2014). With little to no dialogue in the films, the kids relied on visuals to tell the story.
2020 was supposed to be the year of many things.
For some, a shiny new decade symbolised a fresh start, a way to wipe the slate clean and start again. For others it was going to be a year of change, making resolutions to hit the gym, to finally land that dream job, or pick up an instrument. Back on January first, little did we know how much change we, as a society, would be faced with.
Last week we shared five prompts from our Workshop Leaders to get kids thinking creatively about a classic teacher’s question. Here are some of the responses from our workshops, which you can use as examples to help some young writers you know! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Describing a Memory
Where young writers (and some older ones) write.