September holidays writing workshops for kids

Photo credit: Mandy Couzens

Do you have any imaginative and creative children or grandchildren who would like to spend a few hours in the holidays writing a story?

I’m running four writing workshops for kids in the September/October school holidays. I’ve presented these workshops in primary schools but this is the first time I’ve run them in the holidays.

The workshops are for children in grades 3-6. They’re invited to unlock their imaginations and craft a story, using writing techniques, art and games. Writing stories with both heart and technique is a life-skill in communicating with others and using language to express purpose and emotion.

Young writers can create a fantasy world where characters go on a quest to find something or save someone AND/OR create an ordinary character with extraordinary qualities that help to save the day in a modern setting.

They will learn how to:

– create characters
– plan their story
– write with passion
– use art and games to spark ideas

Writer’s Notebook

Each child will work in a special Writer’s Notebook, which contains prompts for further writing, reading suggestions, editing tips and much more. The Writer’s Notebook is a useful tool to take home for writing at school and home.

The writing workshops cater for children who are passionate readers and writers, as well as children who need a little more encouragement.


  • Tuesday 25th September – 9.30-12.30 – grades 3 & 4 – fantasy – quest theme
  • Thursday 27th September – 9.30-12.30 – grades 5 & 6 – fantasy – quest theme
  • Tuesday 2nd October – 9.30-12.30 – grades 3 & 4 – contemporary – heroes theme
  • Thursday 4th October – 9.30-12.30 – grades 5 & 6 – contemporary – heroes theme

All workshops will be held at Side Door – 72 Willsmere Rd, Kew. It’s a fabulous space, with an indoor section for writing and an outdoor section for breaks and games, and is next door to Flatiron, fashion and homewares store. For more information about Side Door, please see or email Emma Bangay at [email protected]  


BYO – drink bottle and snack.

All writing materials will be supplied.

Cost for each workshop is $50. Payment must be made by Friday 21st September.

Karen Comer
Acc. no: 1119 3537
BSB: 063-791

Please email me at [email protected] to register your child and bring the signed form  – link here – to the workshop.

Please forward this post on to your friends and family. I’m really looking forward to working with your children to create some amazing stories!

Author interview – Victoria Carless



Karen this sounds fantastic! Congratulations!

September 2, 2018 at 9:53 pm


What a fabulous idea!

September 3, 2018 at 4:26 pm


Fabulous! Have a wonderful time sharing your passion for writing and creativity.

September 5, 2018 at 10:16 pm

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