This workshop is designed for teachers to assist students who wish to write seriously, but may be having difficulties in beginning or maintaining a focused creative writing practice.
‘So You Want To Write’ is a workshop designed to aid teachers to instil confidence in students and give them a renewed understanding of what is required to begin, continue or complete a writing project. Teachers will come away with strategies to help students manage tendencies towards procrastination and self-doubt, and classroom activities to assist and encourage creativity.
Through a series of dynamic writing exercises and key insights into the creative practice, teachers will be able to assist students develop techniques to increase motivation, discipline, and foster a healthy and productive relationship with their writing.
Teachers may use all or some of the included audio, video, suggested exercises and classroom discussion points to complement or shape their lesson plans.
Hannah Kent is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. Her debut novel, Burial Rites (2013), has been translated into thirty languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Stella Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, amongst others. Hannah’s second novel, The Good People (2016) was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the Queensland Literary Awards and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. It is being adapted for film by Aquarius Productions.
Rebecca Starford is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. Her debut memoir, Bad Behaviour (Allen & Unwin), was published in 2015 and is currently in development with Matchbox Pictures. Rebecca is a former editor at Text Publishing, and has worked for Affirm Press and Australian Book Review. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Age, and Weekend Australian. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland and is currently working on her second book.