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

WHEN: Sunday 18th November 2018, 10am-4pm
WHERE: WestWords Centre for Writing, 91B Grose St Parramatta
COST: $55 per student
Find the date of 18 November on the Calendar to the right of this page and scroll down to purchase ticket.
*For all sessions limited places are available for accompanying teachers at no cost.

Everything you need to succeed in English Extension 2

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.

Felicity Castagna’s first book was a collection of stories, Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia (Transit Lounge, 2011). Her second book was a young adult novel set in Parramatta, The Incredible Here and Now (Giramondo, 2013), which has won the Prime Minister’s Literature Award (YA) and the IBBY Honour Book for Australia. It has also been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literature Awards, the WA Premier’s Book Awards and The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award. Her latest book is No More Boats (Giramondo, 2017) which was short listed for The Miles Franklin Award this year. 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. Felicity spent several years as a high school English teacher before leaving to teach creative writing in universities, community organisations and schools. She is an experienced Extension 1 and 2 teacher as well as an HSC marker who has marked both of these sections for the Board of Studies.


This course is presented in conjunction with Writing NSW