Motivating Local Young Writers

Students sitting in a lecture 

Promising young writers from Greater Western Sydney took part in the University of Western Sydney Young Writers' Day, recently at Macarthur Anglican School in Cobbitty.

The Keynote address was delivered by Michael Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Sweatshop, author, and doctoral candidate in the UWS Writing and Society Research Group - on 'Learning to Break the Rules'.

Students from 19 high schools spent the day learning useful advice and techniques from UWS academics and published authors.

Anne McLean, Manager of Schools Engagement at UWS, says this event assists young writers to build skills and confidence.

"Young Writers' Day allows students the opportunity to develop their own writing skills and to meet prominent authors and like-minded peers from other schools," says Anne McLean.

Students listen to a teacher 

Students took part in their choice of 12 practical and interactive workshops, where they learnt how to perfect their writing with exercises designed and run by industry professionals.

Teachers are also encouraged to become involved in the day with a workshop tailored for them.

High Schools Attended:
Ambarvale High School
Blacktown Girls High
Broughton Anglican College
Camden High School
Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
Caroline Chisholm College
Elderslie High School
Hurlstone Agricultural High School
Ingleburn High School
John Therry Catholic High School
Leumeah High School
Macarthur Anglican School
Magdalene Catholic High School
Moorebank High School
Mount Carmel Catholic High School
Penrith Anglican College
Penrith Christian School
Sarah Redfern High School
St Gregory's College

Ends
17 October 2014
Contact, Tanya Patterson, Media Officer

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