One of our premier programs is our annual Creative Writing Project that is facilitated by the Queensland Writers Centre. While the full day workshop featured an intensive face to face component- the real dynamism will come when the students enter their secure online space and work together to respond to scaffolded tasks and critique each other’s work. The broader intent of this program is not only to support the students individual writing goals, but to foster leadership and feedback techniques in an online space. Our students were fortunate to work with renowned writers including Belinda Jeffrey, who’s debut novel Brown Skin Blue was shortlisted for the 2010 WA Premier’s Literary Awards. She has since released two well-received novels, Big River, Little Fish, and One Long Thread. This session was supported by a very physical session with Graham Nunn , who is a founding member of Brisbane’s longest running poetry event, SpeedPoets. He blogs at www.anotherlostshark.com and has published six collections of poetry – his most recent, The First 30 and other poems. In 2011, Graham was the recipient of The Johnno Award for outstanding contributions to Queensland writers and writing.
The students also had the opportunity to work with Meg Vann from the Queensland Writers Centre who took the group into the John Oxley Library to meet historical librarian Joan, who allowed our Young Scholars specialised access to very rare artefacts through a unique white gloves experience. These students will now be collaborating for several months as their creative ideas build into varied forms of narrative- and we look forward to coming together later this year at our annual Literary Event to share the outcomes of their work.