The festivities of Christmas and New Year will be behind us and all we can visualise in our mind's eye, is the whole month (well nearly) of January school holidays stretching interminably ahead. Well, fear not, Mums and Dads and Grandparents too, I have the perfect solution to incorporating further adventures into your children's' lives - by instilling and/or developing in them a love for creative writing at the Creative Writing for Young Geniuses workshops!
What better way for a child to bring their own adventures and travels to fruition than allowing them complete freedom to create their own characters… their own story! Your young creative will have the power to control the destiny and fate of their own characters. Imagination and self-expression are the heart and soul of all forms of creative writing whether it's fiction, poetry, memoirs or essays.
Jacqx Melilli from Jacqx Enterprises will guide your children through the step-by-step process, with the ultimate goal… a completed story ready for publication.
Jacqx, the author at Helensvale Library - Image: Jacqx Melilli
These creative writing classes are aimed at 10 to 18 year olds. They will be split into two groups:
Ages 10 to 14 years for the 2.00pm to 3.30pm classes; and Ages 15 to 18 year olds for the 3.45pm to 5.15pm classes.
Please ensure when booking, that the correct time for the appropriate age group is chosen.
These classes are experimental at the moment but will continue after the initial three weeks, should there be sufficient interest from participants. The aim is to start and finish a story during the six classes but should participants be unable to commit to all six classes, they can attend specific classes of their choice. Participants who complete all six classes and a story will have it published on Jacqx Enterprises' website as well as social media - how awesome would that be!
Jacqx with future writers at the Gold Coast Writers Festival - Image: Jacqx Melilli
Before going into the nitty-gritty of exactly what is available at these Creative Writing workshops, allow me to give you an insight into Jacqx' background. Jacqx Melilli has a Master of Arts degree in Writing and Literature. She is the author of the Lights, Camera, Action series of educational books on filmmaking and theatre production and multiple stage plays. Jacqx has presented creative writing workshops at Gold Coast Writers Festival Authors in Schools programmes and private schools. Jacqx also has a background in acting and teaching young people drama. Our young creatives will certainly be in very good hands!
Creative Writing Workshops
Part 1 Tuesday 2 January - Key to Successful Plotting/Choosing a Point of View; Part 2 Thursday 4 January - First sentences and paragraphs and the art of descriptive writing; Part 3 Tuesday 9 January - Creating Interesting Characters; Part 4 Thursday 11 January - The Secrets of Believable Dialogue; Part 5 Tuesday 16 January - Keeping the reader reading/creating tension; Part 6 Thursday 18 January - Editing/polishing your story
Participants who attend all six workshops i.e. Part 1 through to Part 6 and have a completed story, ready for publication, will have their story published on Jacqx's website and social media sites.
Imagination and self-expression are the heart and soul of all forms of creative writing - Image: Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons
I do realise that these Creative Writing workshops are still two months away, but with school holidays, Christmas and New Year functions and festivities nearly upon us, it would be quite easy to 'forget' to pre-book. Besides, tickets to these workshops would make excellent Christmas presents or stocking fillers - perfect for the future authors in your life!