Summer Story Camp, Day 4: Move!
In partnership with @melbourne_parkour.
Today was all about exploring movement and how we can use these to uncover surprising stories. Thank you to all of the young writers (and movers!) for your creativity and energy! See you tomorrow for our 'Discover!' (Publishing) workshop to end the week!
There's still time to fill a couple of last minute places: book.creativewriteit.com.au
Today we built stories with strong foundations, then we added layer upon layer of detail to make them unique. Just like houses on a street!
We have a few spots left for Friday's 'Discover' workshop with Tamara! Visit book.creativewriteit.com.au to join us for a day of writing and publishing.
What an amazing start to our Summer Story Camp we’ve had! Our young writers have sketched and imagined some interesting stories and characters.
Imagine what crazy things could happen next when our young writers build, move and discover later this week!
Shaving foam letter formation practice. This activity is easy and inexpensive to put together, I used a dollar tree cookie sheet and shaving foam. Alexander used his finger to make the letters in the foam. I have been working really hard to get Alexander to write letters from top to bottom. This is a super fun way to practice and get some sensory in too! thanks for the reminder @toy_ideas#sensory#writingforkids#diyactivities#dollartree#cookiesheets#letters#prek
Fun Fact: Workshop leaders Tamara Drazic and Jess Mackay both moved down to Melbourne from Brisbane just to be at Creative Write-it! Tamara will be leading our Friday Summer Story Camp workshop “Discover!”
So you've got a plot, a plan and a dream to bring it to life. Now what? Now is the perfect time to discover what this story can become, that's what! Under the expert guidance of fiction writer, poet, and editor Tamara, you'll have the option of publishing a handmade book, developing a short script, or curating a suite of poems to share with family and friends, the world, or simply keep as a memento of your January 2019 creative journey.
There are still some spots available for our Discover! workshop. Visit our website for more information.
To some, Amy Han is Nala’s mum. But to others, Amy is an author, an entrepreneur, a mentor, a parkour practitioner and instructor, and most importantly, the director and founder of Creative Write-it! Amy will be leading Thursday’s Summer Story Camp workshop, “Move!”
This day is all about using movement as a tool for exploring ideas and developing stories. Learn some basic parkour techniques, explore your own style of movement, and discover how these can help you in your journey as a writer! Finish the day with an optional performance of an original story you have written and developed throughout the day.
Move! is sold out, but you can still meet Amy (and Nala) during semester one.
You’re probably wondering what you’re looking at. Alice is so used to me taking photos for this Instagram and for @redcapcards that she brought me some “props” to accompany this book and the results just make me laugh so the kid stays in the picture. She says, “they make it better.” Next up on the holiday and birthday book haul is “Carmela Full of Wishes” by @mattdelapena and @theartoffun. (Side note, if you didn’t see my post about Red Cap Cards artist, #ChristianRobinson and “Coloring Without Borders” over on @redcapcards—go read it and order a copy to help fund @fams2gether). This is a sweet and hopeful story about a little girl and her busy neighborhood, and the weight of dreams and circumstances. An adult reading will find heartbreaking and timely themes, that hopefully can be discussed with kids to counteract the hateful political climate today. #holidaybookhaul
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Math + comic writing is cross-curricular learning at it’s best! Check the link in my bio for a guideline on comic writing for kids!
Sometimes, you’ll hear a squeal in the studio... and that’s because workshop leader Marie Kelly has seen a dog. Marie will be leading Wednesday’s Summer Story Camp workshop “Build!”.
When we talk about writing stories, we use a lot of words like 'build' 'structure' 'pieces' and 'fit together' - and for good reason! What are the elements you need to write engaging stories?
Marie brings her background as a scriptwriter, poet, and short story writer to explore these 'building blocks' in the most literal way: by building a unique story tower. Get ready to look at stories in a way you never have before! Sometimes a little time outside the box is just what you need to understand how the box works.
There are still spots available to join us and build! Check out our website for more details.
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Ever wondered who the mastermind is behind some of the studio’s cartoons? It’s our studio manager, Ben Pearmain, and he’ll be the workshop leader for Tuesday’s Summer Story Camp, “Sketch!”.
Have you ever been able to see what you mean before you find the words to explain it? Ben is not only one of our longest-running Workshop Leaders and Studio Manager, he is also the human behind many of our book covers and has inspired hundreds of young writers through the visual cues he has learnt from his years as a professional illustrator. Learn how to bring your characters to life in visual form, to help you bring them to life on the written page.
Sketch! is sold out, but you can still meet Ben and see some of his sketches during semester one at the studio.
You might be asking yourself who our workshop leaders are for our Summer Story Camp.
Let us introduce ourselves!
Monday’s holiday workshop will be led by Jess Mackay, with a focus on imagination.
Where do ideas come from? What inspires you? What do you have to say? Today is all about drawing on what you know to write exactly what you don't know... yet. Jess’ experience as a writer and editor, and her love of literature, has helped many young writers find their voice and uncover beautifully descriptive writing from a variety of starting points.
There are still some spots available to explore your imagination with Jess and our other workshop leaders! Check out our website for more details:
Alice’s birthday & Christmas haul continues—this time with my favorite picture book of the year. “The Digger and the Flower” by @josephkuefler for @balzerandbray. This one makes me cry just looking at the cover. I originally loved “Beyond the Pond” which brought Kuefler’s illustration style right into my top 5 but this story is just everything. I’m not even going to describe it just buy it. Seriously. Go buy it. You won’t be disappointed. All kids will pick up the poignancy in this beautiful, delicate story. #holidaybookhaul 😭😭😭
Do you look for signs that you’re on the right path?
I used to (aka last week) but have finally come to believe you must just do something, the next good and kind and creative thing. BUT...
I have to admit it’s kind of weird that since my daughter and I have been working on our #picturebook about a coyote, one has run by our house and then this — albeit dead one — was rolled into the room of the antique shop we were in yesterday.
OK, coyote spirit, we’re on it.🐺 .
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Alice’s birthday & Christmas haul was way better than mine. And yeah, I guess you could say these were gifts to myself as well, cause now I get a bit of a break from reading My Little Pony movie books. 🙄 Up first, one I found hiding in @powellsbooks — “Niblet & Ralph” by @ohorazachariah for #Dialbooks. About two cats that get all mixed up, literally, when they try to visit each other across the hall. Fun fact: one of the cats’ kid-friends, Dilla, seems to be named after late producer, J. Dilla, as evidenced by an Easter egg of his poster for Donuts. I love your music references, Zachariah, they speak to me. ❤️ #holidaybookhaul
🚨WARNING!! THIS SONG MAY GET STUCK IN YOUR HEAD! *
I’m super excited to share the “PARAGRAPH SONG” featuring Mrs. Kirk’s 1st Grade Class! This one goes out to the elementary students.
Check out this abbreviated version. Full instructional YouTube video can be found at the “Taylor Dee Kids TV” link in my bio. *
This song teaches children all about the steps to writing a paragraph in a kid friendly interactive hip hop bop! Kids will absolutely love it! *
Here are 10 things you should know about this song/video: *
1.As a classroom teacher I taught this song (and many others) to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students who were struggling writers. After learning this song (in the pre-recording days) students really knew how to write better paragraphs! *
2.Mrs. Kirk’s students are amazing! We shot this video in less than an hour with little practice! After the shoot was over the students were all singing the song and saying how they wanted to write paragraphs! *
3.Music helps make learning more fun, long-lasting, and effective. *
4.Song, music, and dance help children become more self-aware, confident, collaborative, and imaginative. *
5.Mrs. Kirk is amazing for being an educator that understands we have to engage our modern learners in a whole new way! Thanks for allowing me to transform your classroom into a quick mini studio and thanks to the administration and parents involved. *
6. I learned to sing my first song when I was four, and I learned every day since then, through music and movement. As I classroom teacher, I used music to teach everything! This is why I’m so passionate about helping children to learn through these mediums on another level now as a "teacherpreneur". Songs worked for my students and I, and can for so many other students as well!
7.There are many more songs in the “vault”! I can’t wait to continue sharing my educational songs with kids across the world! *
8.Please share with educators that may need a quick writing lesson after Christmas break. I know how students catch the "I forgot everything" disease after break!😂