Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2

Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2

Who: Felicity Castagna
NSW Writers’ Centre: Sunday 29 October, 10am-4pm
Casula Powerhouse
: Sunday 5 November, 10am-4pm

*The course at Casula is available for a subsidised price to students from eligible Western Sydney schools. For details, please call (02) 9555 9757.

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: HSC English 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.

This course is presented in conjunction with WestWords and Casula Powerhouse.

Participant Requirements
Pen and paper

Follow-up course: English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement
Who: Felicity Castagna

NSW Writers’ Centre: Sunday 3 June 2018, 10am-1pm

*Please note, participants do not need to be age 18 or older to book into this course online.

About the tutor

Felicity Castagna’s latest book, The Incredible Here and Now received the Prime Minister’s Literature Award (YA). 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 experienced HSC marker who has marked both of these sections for the Board of Studies.

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