Creative Writing Workshops

All StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops are tailored according to age, ability, and content. If your group or class is working on a particular topic, let me know and I can tailor a writing workshop aligned to your unique requirements. My writing workshops combine in depth tutorials with hands on exercises and writing tasks designed to enhance skill and understanding.

Workshop:  How to Get Your Short Stories Published

Do you love writing short stories or poems, but don’t know how or where to get them published? Learn how to submit like a professional. This two hour workshop covers the essentials for any writer who wants to be taken seriously. You’ll learn how to:
  • Present and format your work to industry standards.
  • Find appropriate markets for your work.
  • Follow and adhere to submission guidelines.
  • Prepare a professional cover letter and author bio.
  • Handle the fundamentals of the industry – payments, contracts, networking, and more.
  • Deal with rejection (yes, there will be rejections)!
  • Avoid publication pitfalls and traps, and rookie errors.
  • Build a list of publication credits.
For the beginner writer, or writer who is new to the submission process, this workshop is an invaluable resource for your writer’s toolkit.

Workshop:  Writing Prompts and Creative Writing Exercises (Every age / every ability)

These two hour workshops are high energy, creative fun for everyone, whether you are a complete novice, or have been writing for years. You’ll get the opportunity to flex your creative muscle in a number of different ways, drawing inspiration from prompts designed to tap into different senses and help you think outside the box. Creative writing prompts and exercises are a great tool for allowing yourself the freedom to write uninhibited by expectations … and you’ll be surprised where it takes you!

Workshop:  A Whole New World  (New and Developing Writers)

World building is a vital tool in the construction of believable, immersive worlds your readers will want to escape and return to. For writers of science fiction and fantasy, world building is the bedrock that anchors narrative while influencing character and plot. But what details should be included, and how do you know what to leave out, and when? Whether you’re creating a far future, a secondary world, or an alternate history, this two hour workshop will equip you with the world building skills to bring to your fictional universe to life.  Geography, culture, climate, social structure, magic and mythology – your attention to detail is what will set your story apart.

Workshop:  Self-Editing Fundamentals

Congratulations! You’ve written your first draft. Your short story or novel is finally complete. Or is it?  The short answer is: NO. The art of self-editing is a vital  resource in any writer’s toolkit. You’ve worked hard on your manuscript, and you want it to be the very best it can for the highest chance of publication. While editing is a highly-developed skill that requires experience and qualifications, the good news is there are many things you can do to self-edit your work and polish your story to the best of your ability. This two-hour  workshop will take you through the fundamentals of self-editing. You’ll learn how to take your writing to the next level, raise your professional benchmark, and take a critical approach to the content, style, tone, and creative and technical issues in your writing.  This workshop is a great investment for your writing future, with take away value that will enhance your work, no matter what genre. PS – Despite what you’ve heard, editing is fun!

Spooky Stories and Creepy Tales – (Ages 8 – 16 years)

Vampires, ghouls, ghosts, witches, black cats, vampires, Frankenstein’s Monster, zombies, aliens, haunted houses, campfire stories, werewolves, and more …. Kids love the thrill of spooky stories and pretty much anything that goes bump in the night.  In this workshop budding writers will explore the elements that make a  creepy tale work, and create their own stories based on characters, setting, atmosphere, tone, and plot. This 2 hour writing workshop is interactive, engaging fun. Workshops are age appropriate and divided into 8-12 years, and 12-16 years.

Animal Antics –  (Ages 8 – 12 years, as a guide).

If you were an animal, what would the world be like for you? Where would you live? What would you see? What would you hear? What would you smell and taste? In this two hour workshop, kids will learn how to ‘write from the senses’ taking their inspiration from the animal kingdom. From prowling the jungle, to swimming the ocean, to surviving the desert, to life as a domestic animal, participants will get the opportunity to work on a group project, before turning their creativity to their own mystery animal profiles and stories.

Workshop:  Creating Memorable Characters  (New or Developing Writers)

For readers to really invest in a character, a protagonist needs to be not only believable and relatable, but have the ability to drive your story and keep your audience engaged.  But what makes a character truly memorable?  In this two hour hands-on workshop you’ll learn the fundamentals of characterisation, including how to create complex, well-rounded characters with endearing virtues and flaws and clear motivations that will stay in the hearts and minds of your readers long after their story is told.

Workshop:  Enchanted Lands (8 – 12 years)

Fans of Enid Blyton’s ‘The Enchanted Wood’ and ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Magic-Faraway-Tree-1.jpgwill be in their world-building element in this two-hour workshop. Budding authors will learn how to create bewitched lands and magical worlds readers will want to turn and return to in this adventure-filled foray into world building. Drawing inspiration from Blyton’s timeless classics, participants will tap into their imagination to create their very own land ‘at the top of the tree’ and write themselves into their very own story line. (NB. It’s not necessary to have read Blyton’s work to enjoy or participate in this workshop)

Workshop:  How to Write Realistic Settings (New to Emerging Writers)

Setting is the all important backdrop for your characters. It’s the stage that will influence how plot and drama unfolds, and is a key element in bringing mood and meaning to your story. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Magic-Book-Setting.jpg This two-hour workshop explores the fundamentals of setting, how it impacts and anchors your characters and readers, and how to craft your own rich locations through different narrative techniques. A great workshop for early to emerging writers of any genre, aged 16 – 116 years.

Workshop:  Pet Rock Adoption Character Workshop (8 – 12 years)

There’s nothing more boring than a stone, right? Wrong! In this two-hour workshop young writers will learn how the various This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is StoryCraft_Pet-Rocks-1024x979.jpgelements of character work together to bring even the dullest objects to life. They’ll get the opportunity to design and make their very own pet rock to take home, complete with an adoption certificate detailing their rock’s name, place of birth, and back story. They’ll then use this information to turn their new friend into the star of its very own story, exploring ways to transform their pet rock into a character that’s relatable and memorable.  This workshop is a whole lot of StoryCrafting fun!

Workshop:  Writing for the Senses (Young / New Writers)

“Show don’t tell,” is one of the classic writing rules. But what does it actually mean?  In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to bring their writing to life using the five senses. Through a series of fun activities, they’ll gain an understanding of how to paint a picture in the reader’s mind of what they want them to see and feel. A great introductory workshop to one of the most important elements of craft.

Workshop: Make and Use Your Own Story Stones (8 – 12 years as a guide)

Story Stones are a wonderful way to combine your child’s love of story telling with a fun and individual way to flex their artistic muscles. There are many ways story stones can be used for verbal and written storytelling, and collectively they represent a timeless tool with endless opportunities for story prompts, narrative structure, and creative play. In this two-hour workshop kids will get a comprehensive introduction to Story Stones, including the chance to create and take home their very own starter set. They’ll have the opportunity to select and create their own stones while learning the various ways Story Stones can be used to kickstart their own stories, characters, settings and plots. This workshop is a whole lot of creative fun, and great for birthday parties, festivals, and events. 

Workshop: Planetary Postcards  (Middle Grade to Early Writers)

Blast out of our solar system and create a whole new planet. What will it look like? Who lives there? What is it called? Does it have an atmosphere like Earth? What about the wildlife? And the aliens?Melbourne creative writing workshops mornington writing workshops This  workshop gives kids and early writers the foundations of world building in a fun, collaborative workshop. We’ll combine ideas to invent a whole new planet, then participants get the chance to write a postcard based on their planetary experiences. Who will the postcard be to? Who will it be from? This two hour educational workshop is a popular school holiday workshop, incursion, or a unique birthday party idea, and a terrific way to fuel the imagination.

Workshop: Pirates and Princesses Character Fun  (Middle Grade+)

No gender stereotypes here! Create your own characters and let them loose in their very own adventure. From swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, to royal shenanigans, the Pirates and Princesses Workshop is high energy, creative fun. Participants will learn the fundamentals of character creation –  exploring the role of characters in stories, and how to make a flat character round through virtues and flaws, dialogue, physical appearance, and other age-appropriate techniques. This two hour workshop is a popular school holiday workshop, incursion, or a unique birthday party idea.

Workshop: Strong Beginnings

This two-hour workshop is a great introduction into the importance of creating a high impact opening or beginning to your story.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is beginnings.jpg A powerful opening line, paragraph, and chapter serves as a hook to catch your reader (or an editor or agent). You want to capture their attention right from the start, reel them in, and  and keep them turning pages!In ‘Strong Beginnings’ you’ll learn how to tap into the various elements that combine to make a riveting beginning, and how to keep that momentum going, as well as exploring ways to kick start your own 2020 writing goals. (Suitable for ages 16 – 116 years).

Workshop: Mixing Your Words

In this two-hour workshop kids will have the opportunity to express themselves through their writing in new and exciting ways. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is mxing-words.pngThey’ll be painting mind pictures with words, using real illustrations from some of Australia’s most sought-after picture book illustrators, before taking on the challenge of the Mystery Writing Jar. From the power of illustration, to inventive responses to imaginative prompts, we’ll be breathing life into new characters and stories, and mixing it up for maximum fun! (Suitable for ages 8-12 years).

Workshop: Cat Magic!

This ‘pawsome’ workshop explores fabulous felines that tread  the fictional catwalk to leap from classic to contemporary pages with tail-curling This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is cat-magic-1.jpgadventures and personalities. We’ll meet heroes like The Cheshire Cat, Crookshanks and Mrs Norris, Slinky Malinki, and The Ship’s Cat, as well as some of the colourful cast from ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ by T S Eliot, before creating our very own cat characters and storylines. Did you know the best way to write about cats is to think like a cat? I’m not kitten around! Get ready to sharpen your claws as well as your pencils! (Suitable for ages 8-12 years).

We’re adding new creative writing workshops all the time..  Please check back regularly to see more of our Mornington Peninsula creative writing workshops and Melbourne writing classes.