Workshops & Courses For Young Scholars & Adults
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Summer School, 2018
We are holding our inaugural Five-Day Summer School at the Queensland, Academy For Creative Industries, Brisbane, from Monday, 8th January to Friday 12th January, 2018, and we'd like to extend a special invitation to our community.
Sam and I would like to invite you take advantage of our special early-bird price available only to our community and only until the end of November, 2017. We'd like to offer you the full five-day program for $200.
Do you want to start the new school year with a pizzaz? This is your chance to master the skills necessary to succeed to the best of your ability in 2018. Writing killer essays, crafting stories that sing and speaking with aplomb are just a few of the skills you'll pick up during the five-day Summer School. Making new friends, being challenged to achieve at your highest level and inspiring you to take risks in a safe learning environment are what we're all about.
We work daily with Young Scholars in our Writing Excellence Programs and we know the joys that come with aspiring to academic excellence. Mix this with the self-confidence to shine and you'll come away feeling like the new academic year is yours for the taking. We invite you to join in the fun, and start the new school year with your best foot forward. If you choose to dance a little along the way then all the better.
We'll also provide you with tips on study habits, organisational skills and time management at each of our sessions.
If you would prefer to attend individual sessions you can do that, too. You can choose to attend for any single day for $65 by visiting our Eventbrite page here:
Day 1 - How to Write a Killer Essay
Day 2 - The Voices in Your Head Storytelling
Day 3 - Stand & Deliver Public Speaking and Debating
Day 4 - Theatre/Performance
Day 5 - How to Write a Graphic Novel
Once again, our price to you is $200 for the full five day program. Each workshop runs from 10.00am to 3.00pm, and includes nibbles; fruit, dips, biscuits and the occasional jelly snake. The special early-bird offer ends on 30 November, 2017, or when all tickets are sold.
See you in January...
English For Homeschoolers, 2018
Welcome to English for Homeschoolers. We're looking forward to working with you during 2018 as, together, we continue to build our English For Homeschoolers' community. By way of introduction, I'm a Senior English teacher in Brisbane and Sam has recently completed her International Baccalaureate at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries.
We've been running workshops and making online courses under the banner of Writing Excellence Programs For Young Scholars for awhile now, and during Term 4, 2017, we piloted English For Homeschoolers with great success. We're excited to announce that we now have a fully developed program ready to go in 2018, including the ideas you shared with us.
In 2018, because of demand and need, we're increasing our weekly workshops from two to four each week, which we will host live each Monday and upload, with support materials, for those that can't make it on any given week to watch and work through at your own pace. The full program outline can be found here.
In addition to our weekly workshops, you will also be able to join our monthly bookclub (co-hosted by our students), parent Q&A sessions once a term, and a public speaking club.
To kick off the year there will be a two-day virtual holiday camp - check back soon for the details.
We also know how hard it can be sometimes to find the right resources at the right time to engage, inspire and create. This is where we step in. We have lots of ideas and lots of passion, and we hope to share some of that with you. We also know that you, in turn, will inspire us with your creativity, enthusiasm and curiosity.
Please feel free to make suggestions, share ideas and generally get to know each other in our FB group. Nobody can find us there, interrupt us or gatecrash as I've made the group secret so our privacy is assured.
Shortly, Sam and I will make an introductory video, outlining our plans for Term 1, 2018. Be aware, however, that our workshops are dynamic and we often get distracted when your enthusiasm takes us in directions we hadn't intended. Each week we have an idea of what we want to achieve, and we make plans for that to happen, but more than once our lessons end up being far more than we could have planned for, and that's because of you.
From the outset, we acknowledge that the best lessons are a team effort, and sometimes we find ourselves sitting back and admiring the talent we've discovered in you. Facilitating your creativity, inspiring your learning and engaging with your enthusiastic desire to learn is a privilege we don't take lightly.
We're looking forward to sharing 2018 with you. xx
Mel & Sam
Three-Day Theatre/Writing Masterclass - Buddina
17 – 19 January, 201
Welcome to our three-day masterclass! Together we will explore that most basic of human impulses—storytelling. Over the course of three action-filled days, we will develop, write, rehearse and perform a play, mimicking the process of a professional devised-theatre company (still having fun along the way, of course).
Day One of the masterclass is concerned with freeing our imaginations and letting our ideas fly. We will explore sustained Theatre improvisations, tried and tested at workshops earlier this year. The first workshop explores the idea of the creation myth—participants will create their own personal god and explore the power (and existential crises) that comes with divine power. Our second workshop is in the form of a dramatic quest to save the natural environment—but what happens when a villain infiltrates the group?
Day Two is about writing, writing, and more writing. Mel will run several exercises with the group to warm up their writing muscles, and then it’s up to them! We hope to take the material generated the previous day and create a fully-fledged script by the end of the session.
Day Three is about rehearsal and performance. Sam will help the group put the work on its feet, and together we will explore how a director can take a written piece of work and transform it into a theatrical extravaganza. The day will conclude with a performance and feedback session with our audience of friends and family!
This masterclass consists of three six-hour sessions, running 9am – 3pm on the 10th, 11th, and 12th of April. Sessions will be held at Emmanuel Anglican College. The masterclass is appropriate for young people aged 8-13, and costs $165 per person for the full three days.