• Literacy


PL # 12015.


Starting on 14 Mar 2019
Cancellation permitted until 11/03/2019

Event registrations closed on 11/03/2019


Where do ideas come from? How can students be supported to improvise within the structure of a narrative in order to create stories that truly engage an audience? This workshop will explore the classroom environment that allows creativity to flourish as students are motivated to compose original narratives.

Participants will consider a range of modes (written, video, interactive) for presenting student stories to a wide audience. Ideas and activities from the workshop will be able to be used in your classroom on the following day.

The workshop will include a presentation by Vanessa Bradley, a local artist who is working with teachers to support them, and their students, to try new ideas and develop creativity skills across the curriculum. Vanessa has undergone training with Paul Collard from The Art of Learning in the UK and has worked with teachers of Years 4 and 5 in Perth with considerable success. 

The WA Curriculum tells us that students create a range of imaginative texts including narratives. The NAPLAN narrative writing marking guide refers to the creation, selection and crafting of ideas, and the creation of distinct characters within settings that have a sense of place and atmosphere. The Gonski report (2018) states that an important goal of Australian education should be to "equip every child to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world". Within the necessary learning of narrative text structure and appropriate language features and grammar, creativity can be forgotten and motivation to write can be low. Even in classrooms where motivation to write is high, stories can be unsuccessful in terms of audience engagement. This hands-on workshop will examine ways in which students - and teachers - can produce successful stories.

This PL will take place over a full day. Ongoing support and advice from AISWA literacy consultants will be available for participating AISWA schools.


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Patricia Kershaw (AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant

Pat Kershaw is a Literacy/English Consultant and has been with AISWA since 2009. She has taught at primary, secondary (English) and tertiary levels and has been involved in many research projects within the university sector and within AISWA, with a focus on literacy in cross-curricular and collaborative projects, which model approaches that teachers can take in the classroom. Her main areas of interest are writing, grammar, oral language and literacy across the curriculum. She works with teachers of literacy and/or English from P-10, as well as principals and teacher teams across WA to support schools with literacy requirements.

Vanessa Bradley

Vanessa Bradley, a local artist, will be a guest presenter at this workshop. Vanessa has trained with the Art of Learning (UK) and is doing fantastic work in a Perth school, supporting teachers to implement creativity in units of work. She applies a really exciting lens to creativity in the classroom.


Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 08:30
Finishes: 15:30


AISWA Seminar Room (First Floor)
Suite 5, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017


Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

Learning Area

  • Literacy

School Area

  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

Event Contact

AITSL Standards