School holiday program: Story Camp

bookings required

10 January 201812 January 2018
23 January 201825 January 2018
Free (eligibility criteria apply)
LocationConference centre
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 story, poetry and performance, 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


Love writing, drawing or crafting? Making a zine is the perfect way to create a masterpiece using everyday materials. DIY your own zine on a topic of your choice.
10–12 January: Emma Jensen,  23–25 January: Rachel Ang 

Spoken word

Get inspired to write poetry for performing live. You’ll workshop your poems, learn techniques to bring them to life on stage and have the opportunity to speak your truth into the mic.
10–12 January: Emilie Zoey Baker,  23–25 January: Candy Bowers 

Fiction writing

This is nothing like your English classes. You’ll be led through writing exercises by a published author, crafting a compelling story. Explore different methods of storytelling and develop your own unique voice.
10–12 January: Michael Pryor,  23–25 January: George Ivanoff  


  • Rachel Ang is a comics artist and the Art Director of Pencilled In, a magazine championing Asian-Australian writers and artists. Her work has been published by ABC RN, The Lifted Brow, The Suburban Review, Scum and The Stella Prize.
  • Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning poet, slam nerd and spoken-word performer who’s toured North America, Europe and Asia. She performs regularly at arts and literature festivals, and her poetry has been published widely.
  • Candy Bowers is a playwright, poet and lyricist, and co-founder and co-director of the Black Honey Company. She has been featured in Poetry events around Australia, is the writer of the music comedy smash hit Australian Booty, and one half of award-winning cult hip hop comedy act Sista She.
  • George Ivanoff has written more than 100 books for children and teenagers, including the interactive You Choose series, the RFDS adventures, the Gamers trilogy and the forthcoming OTHER WORDS series.
  • Emma Jensen is a writer and artist who edits art and comics for Voiceworks and makes her own zines. When she grows up she wants to be Jillian Tamaki. Or Helen Garner. Or Josephine Rowe. Or Frances from SuperMutant Magic Academy.
  • Michael Pryor’s short stories move from literary fiction to genre Science Fiction to slapstick humour, and have been published in Australia and overseas. His writing has been nominated, longlisted and shortlisted for multiple prizes and awards.