Getting kids excited about writing

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I had the pleasure in attending the recent SCBWI conference in Sydney. Teachers, librarians and some of Australia’s finest children’s authors and illustrators gathered together in a one-day professional development conference that focused on encouraging creativity and developing enthusiastic, confident young writers. 

The presenting authors spoke about their craft, love of books and good stories. 

They shared their ideas about voice, setting, character development, conflict, plotting, analysis of great writersʼ work, and saying more by saying less.

During the presentations the audience were not only star struck by the excellent line up of authors and illustrators , but also  excited at the tips and suggestions  they received  on how to get their students  excited about writing, it was evident that teachers need a lot of support in this area.

Angophora House Education Learning Hub is offering the first of many sessions to assist in getting kids excited about writing.

Award winning author Katrina Nannestad will host a workshop for teachers and aspiring writers, her session is about encouraging creativity and developing enthusiastic, confident young writers. 

Attendees will leave with renewed enthusiasm for how to teach writing, practical activities and best practice ideas that can be implemented into the classroom. Katrina will share her passion for playing with words and will reveal the inspiration behind her colourful settings and the quirky characters that inhabit them.

 Katrina will be presenting at the Newcastle Writers Festival School Program 

Bookings for her workshop are through Eventbrite or contact me at

jacqui@angophorahouse.com.au