Read Alert - Youth Literature

Introducing Story Camp

June 20, 2017

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The Centre for Youth Literature is pleased to announce our first-ever Story Camp, a free three-day program of workshops for young storytellers aged 12-15 years. Eligible participants will work with professional creatives on story, poetry and performance, building their creative skills. During lunch, guest speakers will talk about their creative careers and share their knowledge. In addition to experiencing the Library, participants will take away a suite of creative tools and a network of peers and professionals.

Venue: State Library Victoria

Dates: Various, over school holidays. We are currently only accepting registrations for July and September. Camps will run from 10am – 2pm.

Age: Story Camp is for participants aged 12-15 years.

Food: Lunch will be provided. Food allergies and considerations will need to be advised in advance.

Transport: Upon request via our booking form, the Centre for Youth Literature can provide MYKI cards with $25 of preloaded credit to allow students to travel independently to and from the Library. There will be no charge for these MYKIs.

Here’s a look at the teaching talent we’ve got lined up for the July and September holidays:


Amy Gray (non-fiction) is a Melbourne-based writer interested in feminism, popular and digital culture and parenting. Her work has appeared in the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, BBC, ABC and others. She is also an occasional broadcaster.

Ellie Marney (fiction) is a teacher, and the author of the Every series (Every Breath, Every Word, Every Move), a highly-awarded YA crime trilogy. She is an advocate for Australian YA literature and is a Stella Prize Schools Ambassador.

Joel McKerrow (slam poetry) is a writer, speaker, educator and community arts worker. He was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA (2012).

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Alia Gabres (slam poetry) is a Melbourne based poet, storyteller and creative producer. Her focus is on arts facilitation using storytelling as a tool for knowledge generation and cultural transmission.

Simmone Howell (zines) is the award-winning author of novels Notes from the Teenage Underground, Everything Beautiful and Girl Defective. She is also a screenwriter and small press publisher.

Penni Russon (fiction) is an award-winning children’s and young adult writer. Her novels include Little Bird, Indigo Girls and Only Ever Always. She also blogs at Eglantine’s Cake.

You can find further information about Story Camp on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Centre for Youth Literature: email: phone: 03 8664 7014

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