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Friday, 01 May 2015

Sydney Writers' Festival

The 2015 Sydney Writers' Festival runs from Monday 18 May to Sunday 23 May and this year the festival is offering teachers concession prices to attend some sessions. Attendance can be recorded as Teacher Identified Professional Development.

The Festival highly recommends three key events, including literacy advocate James Patterson, and two panel discussions at the City Recital Hall featuring some of the high-profile international speakers such as Douglas Coupland and Nick Davies.

James Patterson: The Rise and Rise of the World’s Biggest Author
Friday 8 May 8pm

How to Live?
Thursday 21 May 8.30pm

Stories That Defined a Decade
Friday 22 May 6.30pm

The following events may provide opportunities to develop challenging teaching and learning approaches and activities for students. Some will also be relevant for senior students in their study of related texts and English courses, including Extension courses, for the HSC. Many are available at concession prices or are free.

Code Event English Course/Year focus
16 Gender, Genre and Literary Prestige Years 11–12, Extension 1 Course, Module C Elective 2
SR22 Martin Edmond: Battarbee and Namatjira Years 11–12, Standard Course, Module B
39 On Storytelling: Amit Chaudhuri and Mark Henshaw Years 10–12
57 The Art of the Short Story Years 11–12
94 The Rules of Seduction in Screenwriting Years 11–12, Extension 2 Course
107 Another Era Years 10–12
121 Australia’s Oldest Stories: Indigenous Storytelling with Glen Miller Years 9–12
134 MCA Zine Fair 2015 Years 9–12
154 Meet the SMH Best Young Australian Novelists Years 10–12
157 Robert Dessaix: On How Enid Blyton Changed My Life Years 9–12
166 Give Me Back My Mother’s Heart Years 10–12
176 The Rise and Rise of YA: A Look at the Fastest-Growing Category in Fiction Years 7–10
242 Keeping It Real: Realistic Issues in Teen Fiction Years 7–10
253 The Art of Suspense Years 11–12

Visit the Sydney Writers' Festival website for program and festival details, including ticket bookings, and enter the promo code ‘STUDIES’ when booking to get concession prices to the events listed above.

For more information, contact:
Louise Ward
Board Inspector, English and Literacy

(02) 9367 8276