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Inaugural online writing festival for primary school kids

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Primary school children from around Australia can team up online with their favourite Australian authors during Term 3 as part of the inaugural Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival.

Created for schools and teachers by educational online writing platform Littlescribe, the festival runs for five days. It is supported by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, the educational video platform ClickView and the online education community On Butterfly Wings.

Students who take part in the festival will be able to publish their work on the Littlescribe “story starter wall” for peers, authors, parents and all Australians to read.

“Australian kids have the potential to become the best writers in the world,” Littlescribe CEO Jenny Atkinson said. “We want to help them by building a trusted community of supporters, to elevate children’s writing.”

The festival runs from 27 to 31 July, with each day featuring three workshops that cater for lower, middle and upper primary students. During each 45-minute workshop, students will work with a new author on a writing challenge.

This year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week theme – “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds” – will be woven through every session.

“This means the Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival will be a winter warm-up for Book Week, usually staged in August, but running from October 17 to 23 this year,” Ms Atkinson said.

Professor Margot Hillel, OAM, Chair of the CBCA National Board, said: “This is a great opportunity for Australian authors and students to collaborate and write alongside each other in the lead up to CBCA Book Week.”

Some of Australia’s most-loved authors in the festival include Jackie French, The Schoolmaster’s Daughter; Andrew Daddo, Atticus Van Tasticus; Deborah Abela The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee; author/illustrator James Foley, Toffle Towers and Brobot​; and author/illustrator Stephen Michael King, Three.

For the complete program, click here​.

The cost of joining the festival is $5 (+GST) per student, with an early bird fee (until 30 June) of $3 (+GST) per student. This provides access to all 12 workshops.

For teachers, the Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival includes:

  • Lesson plans for before, during and after each workshop
  • An interactive, 45-minute write-along streamed video conference led by Littlescribe’s Literacy Leader Jo Edwards, featuring an author and an illustrator
  • A specific writing skill explored and modelled in each workshop
  • A short writing challenge for students in each workshop, including the 2020 CBCA Book Week theme Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.

For more information and to register, visit​ ​www.littlescribe.com/lp/mini-writing-festival