Creative Writing Workshop For Young People with Diane Lucas

11 - 14 years

Surrounded by nature, participants will enjoy a full day of creating stories, poems and songs, individually and/or in small groups.

The day will begin with a verse and song with gestures and getting to know each other. Other activities will include working with props such as cloth and puppets, walking through the gardens looking at the different habitats and mindfully collect items for inspiration eg. feathers, fallen flowers or fruits, leaves, sticks, etc.

Diane will lead a discussion about different genre writing and the group will also learn how to develop and build on stories covering additional research eg. historical records, group discussion or with Diane individually.

Paints, crayons, pencils and collage materials will be available for participants to create visual ideas of the story/stories. Participants are also invited to bring their own supplies if preferred.

Diane will discuss ways to present a story before submitting it in a competition or as a gift or school assignment – considering cover/ binding, title page etc.

Prior to the workshop – students may like to email though any beginnings of a story they are creating or wish to create for Diane to read.

Participants are required to bring along their own lunch and snacks.

Limited to 15 participants.

Diane Lucas short biography:

Diane Lucas came to live in Kakadu in 1983 to run a small outstation school for children of traditional owners. Her connections with First Nations people and country and having children has greatly influenced and inspired her life and writing.  Diane has written 7 children’s books and produced a CD of songs published, and poetry and songs in anthologies for children.

Her latest book (in collaboration with Ben Tyler and Emma Long) was published in June ’21 ‘Walking in Gagudju Country- exploring the Monsoon Forest’

Diane continues to give workshops in schools to inspire the writing of songs, stories, verse & theatre.