An integral part of the Talented Young Writers' Programme (TYWP) is the collection of feedback forms from all participants for every session, every term. We have a great indication as to what students, teachers and presenting Authors feel about the programme. We’d like to share testimonials, updating them regularly, and removing students and teachers’ names for privacy:
"Kirsty Murray was a very interesting and entertaining lady, her books sound amazing and I will definitely read some in the future. She provided valuable advice and insight to writing, editing and planning stories. She was very encouraging and I've learnt a lot from this experience."
Student, St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls (Young Writers Day - Fremantle, 2016)
"Today was very educational and fun to listen to all of Kirsty's stories and to experiment with different writing styles. I felt as if I will take away great knowledge from this program today. I learnt to write in such a fun way. Thank you for having me."
Student, Churchlands SHS (Young Writers Day - Fremantle, 2016)
"Again, another amazing day! The program just keeps on getting better and better! I can't wait to come back next term. It really is a great way to extend on your creative writing skills and I have improved so much! Thanks!"
Student, Penrhos College (Youth Literature Day- Fremantle, 2014)
"The Youth Literature Days would have to be by far the most helpful, encouraging and nurturing workshops for young writers like myself. I absolutely loved author James Moloney’s approach to conveying his ideas, techniques and thoughts towards writing and also how much he encouraged us to read and write. Thank you for a great day."
Student, Bunbury Senior High School (Youth Literature Day - Bunbury, 2013)
"What I enjoyed most was being able to write and share it with others who enjoy writing as much as I do. There was no negative feedback and it made me a lot more confident to write in my own style and share what I’ve written."
Student, Albany Senior High School (Youth Literature Day - Albany, 2013)
"At the start of the day I thought that I liked writing. But doing all the activities and listening to the author has really got my imagination going! I LOVE writing! Thank you so much for inspiring me. I can’t wait for next time!"
Student, Georgiana Molloy Anglican School (Youth Literature Day - Bunbury, 2013)
“It was an excellent day! It was very well organised and I learnt a lot. It was absolutely fantastic listening to Brigid Lowry, learning tricks of the trade, inspirations, ideas and other things that normally we wouldn’t learn. I am very glad for this opportunity and looking forward to hearing from other authors and doing different things. Thank you.”
Student, Year 9, John Curtin College of the Arts (Youth Literature Day – Fremantle, 2011)
“Way too short! Julia Lawrinson was amazing to listen to; the writing techniques were new and exciting. I loved learning about her books and their stories – it helps to understand how a story evolves and the purpose of it. I love Julia’s personality and passion for writing. She made the workshop activities all the more enjoyable. Thankyou!”
Student, Year 10, Great Southern Grammar (Youth Literature Day – Albany, 2011)
“Today was a great learning experience. I really feel that I could turn one of my pieces into a book! I loved learning new writing skills and meeting a real author.”
Student, Mt Barker Community College (Young Writers’ Day – Albany, 2011)
“Today was loads of fun. I had a great time and learned quite a lot. It has been so much fun to come to these Youth Lit days and I’ll be back next year. I wish school was a lot more like this. Awesome days I will never forget.”
Student, Albany Senior High School (Youth Literature Day – Albany, 2009)
"Thank you for bringing Australia’s modern literary greats to humble old Bunbury and for giving our students the opportunity to learn from them. James Moloney, you rock! Lesley Reece (and the Lit Centre), I love your work and think what you’re doing is awesome!"
Teacher, Bunbury Catholic College (Youth Literature Day - Bunbury, 2013)
“An inspiring day. I really love seeing my students develop and blossom into confident young writers. They get an opportunity here that they do not get in schools – support from like-minded writers in a casual environment.”
Teacher, John Willcock College (Youth Literature Day – Fremantle, 2011)
“Today has renewed my love for writing. I was completely engaged, which is hard for a teacher as we are used to teaching, not being taught. My students loved the workshop and Archie and the tasks had purpose.”
Year 7 Teacher, Eaton Community College (Young Writers’ Day - Bunbury, 2011)
“Fantastic day for my students – it will push the strong writers and will help develop the confidence of those not as strong. Wonderful PD (professional development) for me – lots of exciting ideas to take back to my classroom.”
Teacher, Eaton Community College (Youth Literature Day – Bunbury, 2011)
“Wonderful. A very rare, pain-free day of professional development. Excellent, engaging presentations. Most worthwhile.”
Teacher, Bunbury Catholic College (Youth Literature Day - Bunbury, 2011)
PRESENTING AUTHORS SAY...
“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 2011
“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 2012