For the past 10 years, I have been mentoring young writers in the Wollongong area.
I run creative writing workshops from home, and work with high schools and the South Coast Writers Centre. I mentor students individually through their senior years of high school and I do one-off workshops.
My focus as a writing mentor is to get young people excited to write and express themselves, and help them build their writing skills. My workshops are a supportive, safe place where people get to write, receive and give feedback, discuss the craft of writing (amongst other things!) and discover their unique voice.
ENGLISH EXTENSION I & II INDIVIDUAL MENTORSHIP
I work individually with students doing Extension English for their HSC. I mentor them through their creative writing projects in English Extension I and on their Year 12 major creative work for Extension II. I also assist students with essay writing and presentations, and offer many pep talks! Over the past four years, I have helped young writers with plays, poetry collections, short story collections and longer stories.
If you are interested in individual mentorship sessions, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENGLISH EXTENSION II GROUP MENTORSHIP
Starting Term 4, 2018, I will be running an English Extension II mentorship group. I will be mentoring students on their creative major work in a workshop/group setting. I will offer writing prompts, help brainstorm projects, provide reading suggestions, and critique students’ work, all while encouraging the students to share their work with each other and offer feedback.
If you are interested in forming or joining an English Extension II group, please contact me on email@example.com.
THE YOUNG WRITERS COLLECTIVE
(for ages 14 – 18)
I am the facilitator of the Young Writers Program at the South Coast Writers Centre, which is based at the University of Wollongong. The Centre currently offers one workshop opportunity for young writers.
These weekly workshops are for keen young writers who would like to develop their creative writing skills in a friendly and supportive group environment.
The Young Writers Collective explores the craft of story building—from creating unique characters, settings, and plots, to exploring genre and establishing a distinct writer’s ‘voice’. The group also looks at other writing forms such as personal essays, poetry and playwriting. The young writers write together at each workshop and have the opportunity every week to share their work.
The intention of the Young Writers Collective is to be both a class and a community. Here, writers can learn more about creative writing, discuss words, life and art, and comfortably share their work with each other in a relaxed and supportive space.
When does it meet?
The Young Writers Collective meets every Monday afternoon from 4-6, at the University of Wollongong.
How much does it cost?
The cost is $160 per term, for ten workshops. An additional one-off membership fee of $22 is required, and will give you membership to the South Coast Writers Centre for the year.
Numbers in this group are limited. If you would like to join the Collective, or would like more information about mentorships, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.