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Author inspires love of language

Thursday, 21st November, 2013

(From Left) Ellie Simmons, Fraser Colley, Grace Crowley, author Jane Carroll and Mathew McLean at yesterday’s creative writing workshop at Morgan Street Primary School. (From Left) Ellie Simmons, Fraser Colley, Grace Crowley, author Jane Carroll and Mathew McLean at yesterday’s creative writing workshop at Morgan Street Primary School.

By Nick Gibbs

Morgan Street Primary School was a hub of creativity yesterday when Australian children’s author Jane Carroll held a series of creative writing workshops for years 2 and 5.

Students were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild as Jane compared the art of storytelling to making a movie in your head and writing what you see.

“Make sure it’s fat and juicy,” she advised.

“You can do it in a novel or in a sentence - it’s all about showing detail.”

For the benefit of the adults in the room, Jane explained that this translated to ensuring the reader was fully engaged as story-telling was all about the creative relationship between audience and author.

Morgan Street Primary School teacher, Sanny Dougherty, said she expected the visit to promote a stronger relationship between students and the English language.

“It’s all about learning to have fun with words and making narrative story-telling interesting and descriptive,” Sanny said.

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