Big thanks to The Mornington Peninsula Leader for running a feature article on StoryCraft’s ‘Pirates & Princesses’ School Holiday creative writing workshops.
The Mornington writing workshops, aimed at kids between the ages of 8 – 11 (as a general guide), are proving to be a popular addition to the school holiday activities list as parent’s are increasingly seeking out fun and educational activities to keep kids busy and engaged over the school holidays.
I’m really excited to be presenting these workshops to budding young authors. I’ve had a lot of fun putting the content together – as you can see from the props in this picture – and I can’t wait to see what the kids come up with as they create their own characters and unleash them in their very own adventures!
To read the article by fab journo, Lucy Callander, click here.
The workshops will run between 9.30am and 11.30am at Mount Martha Community House, and parents have a choice of two dates: Wednesday, 27th October, or Wednesday, 4th October. For full details and to make a booking, click here.
Participation in creative writing workshops has a positive impact not only on children’s imagination and writing skills, but also their confidence and well being.
According to the initial findings of a research project by The University of Sydney commenced in 2015, and using participants of not-for-profit organisation, Sydney Story Factory, early findings are positive and include:
significant improvement in writing quality
increased engagement with writing, for longer
better planning, organisation and ideas
enhanced ability to reflect and self-evaluate
increased confidence to work with others, and
more willingness to talk to people, particularly adults.
Professor Robyn Ewing, who is overseeing the research project stated, “Strong creative thinking and learning skills are critical to students’ social and emotional wellbeing, academic achievement and lifelong learning.”
The team’s evaluation is underpinned by the five dimensions that research suggests are essential in fostering the development of creativity: inquisitiveness, imagination, collaboration, discipline and persistence.
To read more about The University of Sydney’s study and how creative writing workshops can boost confidence and creativity, read the full article here.
StoryCraft’s Mornington Peninsula creative writing workshops reflect the same values underpinned by Sydney Story Factory. We’re passionate about sharing our skills and knowledge with writers of every age and ability to foster creative thinking, improve writing skills, and increase confidence – all in a fun and engaging environment.
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