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Description

Now in its seventh year, The Writer’s Club is an after school writing program that develops both creative thinking and writing skills in a positive club like atmosphere.

The Writer's Club runs at Oakleigh Primary School but is open to all students. 

At Oakleigh this year, we run with one multilevel group catering for young writers in Years 3 - 6. 

Our workshop officially starts at 4.15pm and finishes at 5.45pm, but students are welcome to arrive from 3.30pm onwards.


Our Philosophy

Our goal is to encourage club members to explore their unique storytelling style and voice. Children have the time and space to experiment with a variety of genres and writing techniques while developing creativity and confidence.We support club members every step of the way with effective strategies and techniques to scaffold learning and enable them to experience success. Class sizes are limited to 18 to allow for lots of interaction and sharing of our work.

At The Writer’s Club, you will:

  • Be challenged to grow and build your self-confidence as a writer.
  • Exercise your creativity and imagination – they are muscles too!
  • Participate in a range of activities designed to inspire creativity and foster writing skills and self-expression.
  • Meet and share your writing talent ( and ideas) with lots of new friends.
  • Develop the essential skills of creative writing in a fun and supportive environment.
  • Be engaged in the writing process from drafting to workshopping and publication

Term 4, 2017 @ The Writer's Club:  The Creative Times

Ever wondered what it would be like to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of working for a newspaper or magazine? Great - because you have been awarded a cadetship at The Creative Times! This term at The Writer’s Club you’ll be challenged to play with words, experiment with grammar and ‘think on your feet' as you meet deadlines and indulge your passion for writing and storytelling. 

Our first task is to explore the types of writing, articles and features that make up a newspaper or magazine. (This will provide the inspiration you need to create your own mag!) Over the course of the term, we’ll create up to five pieces of writing for our own magazine. We’ll also explore classic journalistic writing techniques -bylines and leads and see how writers use quotes to add punch to their opinions. You'll have the chance to be a roving reporter and conduct interviews with our writing buddies. You’ll create a simple cartoon, stories, recipes and more. Each week, you'll have one more piece of writing to add to your magazine or newspaper. 

There will be lots of fun and laughter too! We’ll sort out some ambiguous (and funny) headlines and discover that punctuation and grammar can actually save lives!  But when you are on your way to the print room and a gust of wind sends words flying, you’ll really have to think fast. What you’re left with is a pile of random, mixed up headlines like Blue Teacher Jumps Hippopotamus! Your imagination is sure to get a workout too!


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What you will learn
  • Develop five pieces of writing to create your own magazine or newspaper.
  • Explore a range of storytelling techniques from interviews, cartoons, articles, poetry, illustration and food reviews, recipes and more.
  • Focus on the importance of punctuation and grammar.
What you will get
  • 6 x 90 min original writing workshops presented by an experienced teacher, writer and literacy consultant.
  • The opportunity to develop a magazine using five pieces of writing developed in class
  • An opportunity to workshop ideas with like minded peers and receive feedback from your presenter.

What to bring
  • A water bottle and afternoon snack ( No nuts please)
  • Writing materials including grey lead pencils, sharpener, coloured pencils, scissors and a stapler.
What to wear

School uniform/ Casual

Appropriate for

This program is designed for enthusiastic young writers in Grades 3 - 6.


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Write Away With Me

Vendor since 2013

Write Away With Me is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of writers! We offer storytelling and literacy workshops for Early Childhood and Primary Schools as well as a range of after school (The Writer's Club) and holiday programs (The Writer's Masterclass). Our professional development programs provide a wealth of hands on activities to allow teachers and parents to become aware of their unique power as writers, storytellers and creative thinkers! As the Director, I develop and teach programs, as well as manage our programs and events. Write Away With Me also updates a blog and produces a monthly newsletter.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Write Away With Me is unable to give refunds for missed sessions. If for some reason, your child is unable to attend the planned session, please contact the office.

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Terms & Conditions

Parents enrolling their child in this program must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • In an emergency, if medical assistance is needed for my child, I give my permission for ‘Write Away With Me’ staff to take whatever steps are necessary.

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