ATAR English students are required to complete something in the order of 30-35% of classwork that could be considered Creative Writing work, and 30% of the exam marks are awarded to Creative Writing.
This rich, immersive, one day workshop for Year 12 ATAR English students and their Teachers is directed at maximising Creative Writing potential under exam conditions, and building skills and capacity for mentoring writing students. It is designed to address the specific areas of weakness identified by the 2016 ATAR exam markers as well as concerns recognised by ATAR English teachers.
Issues raised by 2016 ATAR Exam markers
Addressed under four broad areas of Story Craft
How the day will work: some lecture, some studio, some workshop
Key principles have to be demonstrated and illustrated so that students (and teachers) have a clear concept of what is to be learned, the language associated with it, and why. Therefore, concepts of story ideas, main characters, principles of dialogue and structural requirements of scene will be presented in short lectures.
Writing is an art of practise. Studio space is the place of practise. Once a key idea has been demonstrated and illustrated, students and teachers will work to write their own versions of that principle. This is the space that most resembles exam conditions.
While workshop opportunities are not part of exam conditions, building confidence in practise is vital. Some of the writing produced in studio will be shared among small groups for the purpose of developing confidence in ideas and sharing ideas.
Students: The full cohort of Year 12 ATAR students, learners engaged in Creative Writing, writing in solitude, writing together
Teachers: Year 12 ATAR teachers, writing with students, monitoring student engagement, assisting with room management.