A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Creative Writing Club

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Junior School Creative Writing Club provides a forum for students to indeed be ‘brave’ and begin their development as a writer.  The club is open to students from Years 4-7, who are interested in writing and who enjoy creative collaboration.  There is no emphasis placed on ‘ability’ for entry; rather, we welcome students who have a passion for the written word.  Within a safe and creative space, students are able to share their writing samples and receive feedback from others in the club.  Feedback is framed very positively and students have freedom of choice when selecting which pieces to share.

Junior School Creative Writing Club members are encouraged to gradually build the use of sensory detail in their writing, so as to engage readers on a more personal level.  We work through an ‘object writing’ programme in which timed writing activities are given each week.  This programme helps students to strengthen their use of metaphor and simile within imaginative contexts, and to move away from ‘literal’ thinking and expression.  Students explore the power of verbs and learn to edit their writing effectively, developing control over use of adjectives and pronouns. The writing programme also incorporates elements of music and drama through topics such as songwriting and scriptwriting. 

One of the things I look forward to each week is Creative Writing Club. I have been in Creative Writing Club since Year 4. Each year there are new faces and new stories. Miss Cadden helps us develop all of our writing techniques. Each week we share our stories among the group. We work on everything from persuasive texts to song writing. It is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon with peers, while developing skills.  - Jessica Hornabrook, Year 7.