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Georgia Blain, author of Births Deaths Marriages, and her mother Anne Deveson, who penned Tell Me I’m Here, have passed away within days of each other. Georgia was diagnosed with brain cancer at the end of last year and had been recording her life with illness in a column in the Saturday Paper called ‘The […]

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Reading Australia celebrated it’s third birthday earlier this month. Watch Libby Gleeson cover some of the history of RA and the importance of local stories to Australians – young and old. Author Libby Gleeson   Cultural Fund and Reading Australia manager Zoë Rodriguez   CEO of Copyright Agency | Viscopy Adam Suckling

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New texts and Approaches to Australian literature In this workshop, English teacher participants will be introduced to new Australian texts and short stories, particularly by Indigenous and migrant writers. Presenters will offer different approaches to teaching these texts, aligning these with the Victorian Curriculum and VCE Units 1 and 2 English and Literature. Texts covered […]

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These exercises are designed to illustrate a progression in learning, supporting the development of a student’s capacity to respond to both analytical and creative outcomes. A three-step trajectory is implied within the exercises relevant to creative writing – firstly, the generation of creative response; secondly, the development of skills; and finally, the integration of skills […]

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1. IDENTIFY your point of response. 2. CLARIFY your response. 3. HOW will you respond? 4. WHICH techniques and conventions might you use? Is there A CHOICE OF TEXTS to  respond to? If yes – pick one.  What is it? image photograph artwork passage of writing a quote a statement a personal memory or reflection […]

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  Textbooks: Julia Casterton, Creative Writing, A Practical Guide, 3rd ed., Palgrave McMillan, 2005 Jon Ford and Marjorie Ford, ed. A Web of Stories: An Introduction to Short Fiction, London: Prentice Hall, 1997 John Singleton, Mary Luckhurst, The Creative Writing Handbook 3rd edition, Palgrave McMillan, 2001   Useful Short Stories: Carmel Bird, ed. The Penguin […]

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Below is an example of how to edit a creative writing assessment. Great for teachers, great for sharing with students to demonstrate the editing process. Download the printable PDF version here. This article was reproduced with permission from Westerly. To learn more about Westerly visit our partners’ page.

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By Dr. Catherine Noske, Editor, Westerly Magazine   Essentials: Creative Progression Encouraging an instinctive creative response – A generative engagement with material, an understanding of the importance of creative effect. Developing creative skills – Confidence in language technique and the ability to craft language in ways distinct from other disciplines. Building practice, the capacity for flexibility […]

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By Susan Hill Oral language and written language are different linguistic modes and both are important in their own right. This article briefly describes oral language from linguistic, social interactionist and cognitive development viewpoints as each view highlights different aspects of oral language. An example of a play based developed oral language program is provided […]

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By Sue Heyson Welcome to the Dolphins Class (Transition/Year 1) at Warruwi School in the Northern Territory. We are buzzing with excitement in our class because the students love to read. But firstly, here is a little bit about our school and community contexts. Our school is on a remote island located in Western Arnhem […]

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