Grafton Yamba StoryBoard Tour
The StoryBoard crew have just returned after an epic school tour of Grafton and Yamba.
Authors Jesse Blackadder, Samatha Turnbull and myself ran story writing workshops with nearly 400 kids in two days. On Wednesday, Yamba Public and Westlawn came to Grafton Library for the Plunge Festival, and in the afternoon we crossed the bridge to workshop with South Grafton Primary. Yesterday, we spent the morning at St James’ Primary in Yamba, and Maclean High.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, though some griped they wished workshops had gone longer and they had more time to write. The best kind of gripe! One boy came to me after the workshop, to proudly share his page of writing – it was the most he’d ever written! We see some really wonderful results from our workshops, and teachers endlessly comment how much they get from our workshops too.
Giving kids one hour to work directly with a published author, outside the classroom context, inspires a wealth of creativity, and as we’ve been seeing, literacy. More than anything, kids discover a joy of writing. For some, this is a first time discovery!
If you haven’t booked StoryBoard to come to your school yet this year, get in soon, as places are booking up. These visits don’t cost your school anything – the $1,500 cost of a school visit is covered by generous funding provided by government and private bodies, who believe that every child on the Northern Rivers should have access to the inspiration StoryBoard provides. Contact our amazing coordinator Gabby to set something up.