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The Story Slingers team inspired and challenged our students during the Theatre Writing Masterclass. The program offered participants an opportunity to engage in the writing process in a refreshing way, culminating in a group performance at the end of the workshop. Students were encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone and embrace new techniques and ideas. I would thoroughly recommend this program to anyone wanting to inspire the next generation of writers.
Lisa Weingarth
Leader of Curriculum Primary
Emmanuel Anglican College

Theatre/Writing Workshop - 18 September, 2017

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Flex your creative muscles with the Story Slingers theatre/writing workshop! Aimed at ages 10-14, this one-day workshop helps young creatives explore that most basic of human impulses - storytelling. Together we will experience several theatre and writing activities, with the aim of creating a short performance for parents at the end of the day. By the end of this workshop, you will have gained valuable tools for creating work in both theatre and creative writing.

 

About the facilitators

 

Mel and Sam are a dynamic mother-daughter duo, with experience in writing and theatre. Mel has written three middle-grade books, as well as an adult novel as part of her studies towards her PhD in Creative Arts and Communication. Mel is an English teacher, as well as running her podcast and writing business, Writer on the Road. Sam studies Theatre at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries and won the Queensland Theatre's Young Playwrights Award in 2016.

 

 

 

Where: Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, 61 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane

 

When: Monday, 18 September, 2017, from 9am to 3pm

 

What to bring: a packed lunch, a water bottle, a pen and notebook, and your creative energy! Please wear comfortable clothes you are able to move in. Snacks will be provided.

 

Cost: $85 per person

Places are strictly limited, so book now! Ticket sales are currently open

Email: melinda@tropicalwriting.com.au

Ph: 0400703836

To Find Out More...

Toil Without Trouble: an Introduction to Shakespeare's World

Shakespeare Image

In this six-week online course you will learn what it is that makes Shakespeare's plays so enduring and loved. By understanding the world of Shakespeare you will be able to tackle his plays with confidence and panache. By learning the cultural, social and historical context of Shakespeare's wold you will be in a position to understand his plays in a way that makes sense to you.

Each week you will be set homework in the form of locating sources, researching, note-taking and summarising so that by the end of the course you will have collated notes to help you when you study individual plays. You will also create a bibliography of sources that will be invaluable in your future studies of The Bard.

You will learn:

  1. How reading a play is different to reading a novel
  2. Shakespeare and the Canon
  3. Imagery in Shakespeare
  4. Words Shakespeare invented (and common cliches)
  5. Language in Elizabethan England
  6. Shakespeare's most famous speeches
  7. Politics in Shakespeare's plays
  8. Examples of modern uses of Shakespeare (intertextuality)
  9. The social context of Shakespeare's world
  10. Explore Shakespeare's relevance today
  11. Key recurring themes across Shakespeare's plays
  12. The supernatural in Shakespeare

There's more but you get the idea.

Online workshops will be held weekly on Wednesdays at 5.00pm and repeated on Saturday mornings at 10.00am. The workshops will also be recorded and uploaded to our course, along with all support materials, so that you can watch or rewatch and study at your leisure.

There will also be a lively Facebook community where everyone can share their ideas. I will be available most days in the group, sharing quotes, tips and tidbits.

Dates: Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 - Saturday, 15th November, 2017

Cost: $95

For The Love Of It: Reading The Classics For Love & Learning

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Being well-read is a quality that is highly valued in our fast-paced, ever-changing world. Only by looking back can we move forward with confidence. Reading the classics gives us the tools we need to understand both ourselves and those around us. In this six-week online course you will explore a range of classic texts, both Western and non-Western, that are suitable for young scholars, providing you a window into the joys of reading for love and learning.

Each week you will be set homework in the form of reading passages, poems or stories, and completing writing tasks to guide your understanding and appreciation. By the end of the six weeks you will have given thought to your own list of great books.

During the six weeks you will learn the following:

  1. What is good literature
  2. What is a literary cannon
  3. How to choose your own canon
  4. Can a story be universal?
  5. A literary timeline: from Romanticism to Postmodernism and beyond
  6. Different ways of reading a text
  7. Marginalised voices
  8. The best books of all time: choose your own
  9. The development of writing systems and story-telling
  10. The death of the author and other literary theories
  11. Modern uses of the canon
  12. The importance of being earnest in your reading

Online workshops will be held weekly on Thursdays at 5.00pm and repeated on Saturday morning at 9.00am. The workshops will also be recorded and uploaded to our course, along with support materials so that you can watch or rewatch and study at your leisure.

There will also be a lively Facebook community where everyone can share their ideas. I will be available mot days in the group, sharing quotes, tips and tidbits.

Dates: Thursday, 12th October, 2017 - Saturday, 15th November, 2017

Cost: $95

 

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