Students bring creative skills to fore

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Author Deb Fitzpatrick with Karratha Senior High School students Chloe Cotton, 14, and Chloe Hoare, 15.
Camera IconAuthor Deb Fitzpatrick with Karratha Senior High School students Chloe Cotton, 14, and Chloe Hoare, 15. Credit: Picture: Caitlyn Watts

A Fremantle author travelled to Karratha last week to host a series of workshops for students as part of Book Week celebrations.

Deb Fitzpatrick, writer of six novels including young adult titles 90 Packets of Instant Noodles and Have You Seen Ally Queen? was author in residence at Karratha Senior High School last week.

Fitzpatrick hosted 12 creative writing workshops over three days for students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.

The workshops involved a warm-up exercise followed by students trying their hand at writing their own narrative pieces after being given a series of prompts. Fitzpatrick said it was important to provide regional students with the opportunity to meet an author and explore their creative ability.

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“For me, getting out into the regions is really important. Kids in the city get all those opportunities quite often, whereas kids in the regions don’t,” she said.

“The emphasis is on it being an opportunity for them to explore their creativity.

“It’s not assessed or anything.

“The staff here are great. It’s really nice to see kids getting such great teaching and these sorts of opportunities no matter where they are in Western Australia.”

Fitzpatrick said she hoped the sessions encouraged more students to be confident with their writing.

“I really hope to motivate them and to encourage them so they feel more able to write down their own thoughts and feelings and to know that those things are actually valid to write about,” she said. “That’s what makes authentic writing. When you write about your deepest cares and strongest feelings,” she said.

“There is always a few in every room who you can see are really engaged and they are the ones you want to really encourage and motivate and empower.”

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