School holiday program: Story Camp

03 July 201805 July 2018
02 October 201804 October 2018
Free (eligibility criteria apply)
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Do you have big dreams of writing a novel, penning a poem or publishing your own zine?

Or do you have something to say, but you're not quite sure how to get it out into the world?

This is your chance to meet and learn from some of Australia's most exciting and inspiring storytellers in a free school holiday writing program for 12- to 15-year-olds.

Over three days you'll explore the craft of storytelling, building your creative skills and finding out how to turn your passion into a career.

Lunch and transport costs are provided.

Check your eligibility and join a Story Camp

Story Camp workshops

Writing to a theme: Voiceworks

Learn how to make your fiction, poetry and illustration publication-ready. Run by the editorial committee of Voiceworks – Australia’s leading literary magazine for under 25s – this workshop shows you how to make your writing and illustrations catch the eyes of editors.

Presenter: Maddie Godfrey is a 'poetry fireball' whose writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, literary journals and online. Maddie's debut poetry collection, How to be held, was published in June 2018.


Do you like fantasy or sci-fi? This fiction-writing workshop teaches you how to construct your universes. You'll be led through world-building exercises by award-winning YA author Marlee Jane Ward.

Presenter: Marlee Jane Ward is a writer from Melbourne whose short stories and non-fiction have been published widely. Her debut novella, Welcome to Orphancorp, won the 2015 Viva La Novella Prize and 2016 Victorian Premier's Award for YA Fiction.

Audio storytelling

There’s an art to telling your stories aloud. This workshop is run by radio and podcasting professional Jon Tjhia, who will share tips and tricks to creating a compelling audio story.

Presenter: Jon Tjhia is a radio maker, musician and writer who’s interested in the boundaries between pop and experimental forms. His work includes Better off dead (2016), and The messenger (2017), which won several awards including the New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Trophy and the Walkley for Best Radio/Audio Feature.