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Friday 28 January 2022

Creators in Schools Workshops

The CBCA Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government partnered Creators in Schools Workshops program enters its final year in 2022. The initial grant, allocated in 2019, is to be fully expended by November 30 2022.

Participating schools reported that the students were enthused by participating in the workshops. The opportunity to meet the creators in person and develop a greater understanding of the creative process increased students’ engagement with literacy; as both consumers and producers. Some schools added to the experience by engaging the creator for additional workshops at their own expense.

If you are an educator in non-government and government schools in Tasmania, you are able to access this program via an institutional membership (visit our website for further information). The cost of a creator workshop is covered by the cost of your membership.

If you are a Creator resident anywhere in Tasmania, you can let CBCA Tasmania know of your availability to provide workshops. Australian Society of Authors (ASA) rates are paid and CBCA Tasmania will advertise your availability on our website and list you on our database for our schools. We connect the school to you!

2021 Feedback:

“Exposure to Tasmanian creators have been invaluable. Being able to engage with a creator and then view/read their books is such a great experience.”

“Inspired…students to learn more about writing and illustrating.” 

“Our students have benefited greatly from this opportunity. As…funding is quite limited in schools, it is often out of the reach of schools to pay for an author workshop. This program gives all schools an opportunity to participate. Our students have really enjoyed the workshops and have incorporated much of what they have learnt into their own writing. It is also wonderful for students to meet authors in person and be able to speak to them directly.”

“[The creator] was engaging and had easy, creative and achievable strategies for story writing. [They were] versatile and well-suited to any age level, definitely an invaluable creative Tasmanian.”

Read about two successful author visits conducted in in 2021:

Schooling the Creator - Fiona Levings

Creating Worlds - Narelda Joy - Artist in Residence

For further information about the Creators in Schools Workshop program please email tas@cbca.org.au or visit our website cbcatas.org. Check out our Creators.

CBCA Tasmania Committee, led by President Steve Martin, will be advocating with state and federal governments to continue to support this programme beyond 2022.

Felicity Sly

CBCA Treasurer and North West Creators in Schools Workshops Co-ordinator