After School Creative Writing Groups for Children and Young People

Enrolments are open for Term 4 – 2023.

Classes hosted on zoom!

Creative writing is a crucial skill that increases critical thinking and empathy. With creative writing classes for primary and high school-aged kids, your child can hone this skill! Your young people will learn how to nurture their ideas and gain the skills to turn them into great stories. From how to form characters, to descriptive language and world-building—your child will learn it all.

Please complete the form below to enrol.

Upper primary (yrs 4-6)

1hr: Mondays 4:00-5:00

Junior high (yrs 7-9)

1hr: Mondays 5:00-6:00

Senior high (yrs 10-12)

1hr: Mondays 5:00-6:00


Casual $18 per session or $110 for the term (equivalent to one term of classes)

  • Facilitators track attendance each session*.
  • Must be claimed within 3 months of missed session/s.
  • Creative Kids vouchers accepted here!

For more information regarding the Creative Kids program, or to learn more about the more than 40 government savings and rebates to help with your cost of living, visit

Limited spots are available. Email to secure your place.



Term 4 –
Monday Classes Start Oct 16 and conclude Dec 11

Catherine Pelosi

Facilitator – Grades 4-6

Catherine is the Sydney-based author of middle-grade novel, Quark’s Academy and picture book, Something for Fleur. Both books are being released in Turkey and are available online in the USA and Canada. Both books were selected for 2019 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge. Quark’s Academy was also one of the few selected texts for the CBCA Readers Cup for 2019 and shortlisted for the 2019 Western Australian Young Reader’s Book Award.

She adores teaching writing to young people and is available for school visits. Catherine has been a speaker at several events including the Sharjah Children’s Festival – twice, CBCA events, as well as writing festivals including Writers, Unleashed. Children’s books, in Catherine’s opinion, are the best. They are the ones that shape us, give us hope, help us find our place in the world…and, take us away to wonderful places. They can also be read by everyone, which she loves.

For more information on Catherine visit

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Kim Astill

Facilitator – Grades 7-9

Kim Astill is an experienced writer and editor. She also enjoys mentoring, teaching creative writing, and running a program for gifted writers and illustrators. She is a member of the Institute of Professional Editors. Kim won a Varuna Residential Fellowship for her YA novel and is passionate about children’s and YA literature.

Michelle Hamadache

Facilitator – Grades 10-12

Michelle Hamadache teaches Creative Writing and English Literature at Macquarie University. She has had essays and short fiction published in Australian and International journals and she is fiction editor of Mascara Literary Review.

After School Creative Writing Enrolment Term 4 2023

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  • Casual rates are $18 per session or $110 for the term (equivalent to one term of classes). Attendance is recorded by their teacher during each class.
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