Everything you need to succeed in HSC English Extension 2
with Felicity Castagna

WHEN: Sunday 5 November, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Road Casula NSW 2170
COST: $20 per student (regular price $55)
*For all sessions limited places are available for accompanying teachers at no cost.
TO BOOK: click here

This one-day course will take students far beyond the fundamentals of writing to look at what distinguishes great Major Works across all textual forms. The course will focus on:

  • What makes an original and distinctive creative work: Students will look at the current trends in major works and creative writing more broadly as well as looking at some distinguishing features of each form and what makes for a successful major work.
  • Researching for Creative Writing: Extension 2 is a course that requires students to make creative work that exhibits critical research. Students will learn what exactly that means and how it works on a practical creative level.
  • Applying critical theory to a creative work: Students will look at what critical theory is and how it can inform creative work.
  • Voice: Voice is both the most important aspect of creative writing and the hardest thing to do well. Students get beyond cliché and learn to create original and sophisticated pieces of work by considering some of the techniques required to create a powerful sense of voice
  • Play and Experimentation: There is a thin line between experimenting and playing with language and form and making writing that just doesn’t make sense. Students will look at strategies for creating work that is both experimental and playful, while still having three dimensional characters and an engaging story.

HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement
with Felicity Castagna

WHEN: Sunday 3 June 2018, 10am-1pm
WHERE: NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Rozelle
COST: $30 per student
FOR MORE INFORMATION and TO BOOK: visit the NSW Writers’ Centre website: nswwc.org.au
*For all sessions limited places are available for accompanying teachers at no cost.


Felicity Castagna’s latest book, The Incredible Here and Now received the Prime Minister’s

Literature Award (YA). She has written for stage, television and radio and her essays and

short stories frequently appear in newspapers and magazines. She holds a PhD in Australian

Literature and is the current National Ambassador for Literacy. She is an experienced

Extension 1 and 2 teacher as well as an experienced HSC marker who has marked both of

these sections for the Board of Studies.


This course is presented in conjunction with WestWords, Casula Powerhouse and the NSW Writers’ Centre.

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