Talented Young Writers' Programme (TYWP)

Each term, several groups of students come together for a full day workshop with one of Australia’s top Authors for young adults.

The Literature Centre's highly successful Talented Young Writers' Programme (TYWP) has been expanding steadily over the past 15 years, and incorporates these age groups:

  • Young Writers’ Day students (years 7-8)
  • Youth Literature Day students (years 9-12)  
  • Year 6 students (commenced from 2015)

The Programme is now conducted in 7 locations across Western Australia each school term: Fremantle, Bunbury, Busselton, Albany, Geraldton, Port Hedland and Newman.

In 2012, it was expanded to include students in Port Hedland and Newman, with thanks to The Literature Centre's Principal Partner BHP Billiton Iron Ore.  From 2015 it expanded to include year 6 students.  We'll also continue to incorporate two days per term in Busselton.

The purpose of the TYWP is to nurture a group of young writers over several years by exposing them to superb Authors, but also enabling them to meet and form friendships with other like-minded readers and writers. The students find these one day workshops informative, practical, intense, inspiring and fun. 

Enrolled students commit to one full day in each of the four school terms.  Once the year is completed (4 days), participants are invited to return each consecutive year to engage with new Authors and to further develop their skills.  

A typical schedule for the day includes:

  • Author shares his/her background experiences and how they relate to their writing
  • Author presents two or three hands-on creative writing workshops
  • Students engage in silent writing, sharing and editing (small and large groups)
  • All participants finish each day with a well developed piece of writing

The Authors who work with us are carefully chosen because of their list of critically acclaimed publications in many genre, a warm and empowering presentation style, different personalities and backgrounds, and a varied approach to the craft of writing. Each Author is a brilliant teacher of his/her craft. The Literature Centre's Director or Education Officers manage each day, working alongside the presenting Author.

“I kept thinking during that week how passionately I would have loved to be part of such a group when I was young.” 

Isobelle Carmody - Author and programme presenter

“For me, to have been given the opportunity to share with students where my ideas come from, and how my life experiences have shaped my work, has been the most profound and rewarding of teaching experiences.”

Matt Ottley – Author/Illustrator and programme presenter

Please click on the attachment below for a timetable indicating programme dates, locations and presenting Authors for 2017.

To register students in the programme or to find out more, please contact the Centre on phone (08) 9430 6869 or email kath.wisken@thelitcentre.org.au.  Registrations are essential.

Duration: Students attend 1 day per term, 4 days per year. A different Author presents to them each term.
Suitable: Year 6 to Year 12. 
Cost: $120.00 per student, per year. GST not applicable. (effective 2017)