New Creative Writing Workshops for Kids and Adults Open for Bookings

Hello again, StoryCrafters

At half way through February it feels strange to be saying ‘Happy New Year’ now, but that’s how fluid time can be! I hope you all had a wonderful start to the year, and are looking forward to unleashing your creative energy upon 2019, in whatever form it takes.

I’ve got four new workshops lined up that I’m really excited to share with you. Two for writers of every ability aged 16 – 116 years at gorgeous Mount Martha Community House, and two for children aged 8 – 12 years scheduled for the April school holidays. I’m delighted to be joining forces with Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery in Sorrento for the children’s workshops – they have such an enchanting and atmospheric space lined up for us!

The details for my new workshops are as follows. I hope you all can join me.

Workshop:  How to Write Realistic Settings

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.

Date:  Saturday, 23 March 2019
Time:  2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue:  Room 26 Mt Martha Community House, 466 The Esplanade, Mount Martha
Cost:  $45   (Limited to ten participants – includes afternoon tea)

Workshop:  Creative Writing Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination and Productivity

This two hour workshop is 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 they take you!
If you’ve been looking for new story ideas, suffering the dreaded ‘writer’s block’, or wanting to fire your imagination by tapping into the right hand side of your brain where the creativity lives, this workshop is for you! (Ages 16 – 116 years).

Date:  Saturday, 30 March 2019
Time:  2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue:  Room 26 Mt Martha Community House, 466 The Esplanade, Mount Martha
Cost:  $45   (Limited to ten participants – includes afternoon tea)


CHILDREN’S EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS AT ANTIPODES BOOKSHOP & GALLERY, SORRENTO

‘Enchanted Lands’ Creative Writing Workshop
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)

Date:  Thursday, 11 April, 2019
Time:  2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue:  Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery, 138 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
Cost:  $30   (Limited to ten participants – Suitable for ages 8 – 12 years).

Pet Rock Adoption Character Workshop

There’s nothing more boring than a stone, right? Wrong!

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In this two-hour workshop young writers will learn how the various elements 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!

Date:  Friday, 12 April, 2019
Time:  2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue:  Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery, 138 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
Cost:  $40   (Limited to 10 participants – Suitable for ages 8 – 12 years. Includes take home Pet Rock in bag, and Adoption Certificate)

For all bookings, please use the form on the Contact Page,
or email info@storycraftworkshops.com.au

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StoryCraft a Finalist in Two Categories in the Peninsula Business Awards

Last month, I received the very exciting news that StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops has been named a finalist in two categories in the Peninsula Business Awards.

The Peninsula Business Awards supports and recognises small businesses across the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Frankston Region. They celebrate the hard work business owners put in, and their contributions to the local community and the local economy.

StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops is a finalist in two categories:  Best Education / Training Service and ‘Rising star – Best new Business’. I couldn’t be happier!

StoryCraft was born from a dream to combine my passion for storytelling with my passion for inspiring and supporting writers of every age and ability, and it’s very satisfying and humbling to see it honoured in this way.

Believe in the beauty of your dreams, everyone. Woo Hoo! And thank you all from the bottom of my heart for supporting StoryCraft over the past twelve months. It’s been a heck of a journey 💞💞💞
Winners are announced at a Gala Dinner at the Mornington Racecourse on 2nd May, so keep your fingers crossed for me!  Congratulations to all the finalists in the Peninsula Business Awards, and good luck!

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Creative Writing Workshops for Kids – Book Now For April School Holidays

Can you believe the Easter break will soon be upon us? I don’t know about you, but it feels like I just packed the Christmas Tree away!

With Easter comes the school holidays, and after the excitement of a certain rabbit has come and gone, the kids will be busy looking for fun activities to keep them occupied for the next two weeks. A creative writing workshop could be just what the young writer or budding author in your family is looking for to scratch their creative itch …

My ‘Five Alive’ Workshop is a fun, fast-paced way to stretch the imagination and flex creative muscles!

Drawing on writing prompts inspired by the five senses – sight, smell, hear, touch, taste – kids will learn to think outside the box while inspiring their own character and story ideas.

This two hour workshop is popular among writers of every age and ability.

Workshop 1:  Kids aged 8 – 12 years
Date:  Wednesday 11th April
Time:  9:30am – 11:30am
Venue:  Room 7, Mount Martha Community House, Dominion Rd, Mount Martha
Cost:  $30 per child

Workshop 2:  Kids aged 12 – 16 years
Date:  Wednesday 11th April
Time:  12:30pm – 2:30pm
Venue:  Room 7, Mount Martha Community House, Dominion Rd, Mount Martha
Cost:  $30 per child

Places limited to 10 per workshop, so if you want to reserve a place, make like the Easter Bunny and hop to it!  

You can book directly via the Contact Form, or drop me a line at info@storycraftworkshops.com.au

Thanks everyone…
Happy writing, happy reading, and happy days

Rebecca Fraser

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School Holiday Creative Writing Workshops – Great Fun for Everyone

The September school holidays are done and dusted, and everyone’s back to the school routine all too quickly.  I ran a couple of creative writing workshops for children (aged 8 – 11 years) over the school holidays, and I can’t say who had more fun: me or the kids!

The talented group of upcoming scribes at both workshops were such a creative bunch. I was blown away by their enthusiasm and talent. The two-hour workshops were held at beautiful Mount Martha Community House and

Mount Martha Community House
The stunning views from beautiful Mount Martha Community House

revolved around a ‘Pirate and Princess’ theme. But don’t be fooled by the title – there are no gender stereotypes in my workshops. Participants were invited to create their own memorable characters and let them loose in their very own adventure. From swashbuckling adventure on the high seas to royal shenanigans, the ‘Pirates and Princesses’ Workshops were high energy, creative fun.

A cricket-playing pirate, a princess who can breathe underwater, a snow leopard for a pet, a guinea pig named Spirit, a crossbow-wielding buccaneer with two red crabs that follow her everywhere, a ship called ‘High Tide’, a princess-turned-pirate who fled the kingdom to sail the seven seas, a pirate with a history of turning to the dark side, and a pearl dancer … and that’s just a snapshot of the creative energy that flowed in the first week.

The cast in week two included Lucy, a young female pirate who had stolen the Titanic (and you thought it sank), a princess who could speak to animals and roamed the wild jungles at night, Princess Rainbow Tree VI, who was ready to cross paths with an evil wizard, and the completely illustrated works of cunning Captain Food Pirate who with his trusty rabbit, Tug, tricked a sea monster into turning around his ship!

 

 

StoryCraft’s Mornington Peninsula creative writing workshops are designed to foster creative thinking and engagement and boost confidence in a fun 

environment. It really is an honour to be able to facilitate these workshops, and help kids explore and express their unique, diverse, and wildly imaginative voices.

I’ve got six workshops coming up in the January 2018 school holiday period, so keep your eye on the website and Facebook page for all the details.

 

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