Published Writers and Storytellers from Across Australia Visit Local Teens in April

Building on last year’s success with over 400 students attending, event organisers Karen Bale and Suzanne Penson are adding more workshops designed for young adults that include storytelling through sound, visual and digital formats.

“Storytelling goes beyond the written or spoken word, “ commented Suzanne Penson. “We want students to see all possible avenues for telling a story that helps them gain skills for self-expression, school, HSC exams and into their careers.”

Melbourne games designer, James Coquillat, will share the world of writing online games with students. Coquillat’s sessions always draw a crowd. He will delve into how writing video games is much like writing a movie script.

Port Macquarie natives, Jess O’Callaghan and MJ Hearle, will return home to share how their passions growing up on the Mid North Coast led to a career in storytelling.  Jess O’Callaghan produces political podcast The Party Room and MJ Hearle is the author of three bestselling fiction books.

“Our region has a strong community of artists and writers who want to share and support young creatives,” added Suzanne.

Parents will appreciate the value the workshops and presentations offer and how it will apply to students’ work and HSC exams.

Favel Parrett’s novel, Past the Shallows is an option for study in HSC English in 2018. At #LitFest2444, she will share how she approaches the development of place, character and voice in fictional writing. Parrett’s workshop, along with  creative writing sessions, will prepare students for the HSC English exams in a fresh and inspiring way.

In addition, senior secondary students can attend workshops on ‘How and why to deliver a TED talk’, Slam Poetry plus ‘The Stella Prize’ panel will be joining us again for another panel discussion, this time titled ‘The Personal is Political’.

#LitFest2444 features a full day of workshops and presentations hosted by some of the industry’s most credible and successful writers, illustrators and directors. Students can register to attend workshops on a range of subjects including: poetry, film-making, podcasting, comic drawing, storytelling and more. The beauty of the festival is that students can pursue their own areas of interest for the day, while learning content relevant to the English programs covered by schools right across the mid north coast.

A selection of students who attended last year’s festival reflected on their 2017 experience. The responses have been collated into a video that is circulating Facebook and Instagram. The descriptions the students gave ranged from ‘Literacy with an artsy twist’ to ‘inspiration for a HSC major work’.

‘All high schools students across the mid north coast are invited to attend. There is something for everyone. You can come along in a school organised group or grab a bunch of friends and make a day of it’ said Karen Bale.

For ticket sales call 6583 2632 between 8.30am - 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Invest $35 into storytelling skills taught by industry professional right here in Port Macquarie.