Year 11 and 12 Creative Writing

Mandy will explore the fundamentals of creative writing for the later years in high school.

Mandy will explain the key tips and tricks that will help you score a high mark.

Monday 18 June 2018, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Woollahra Library, 451 New South Head Road, Double Bay


AOS Discovery sessions

Do you know someone who needs some help and quick tips to boost their marks for paper 1?

Year 12 – English AOS Discovery Bootcamp

Conquer Creative, Essay Writing & Short Answers.

Monday 25th June – Turramurra Unity Church Hall, 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Saturday 30th June – Gordon Library 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Bring your laptop/paper and pen – $30 per student for one hour with Mandy Newman.

Mandy will show you how to boost your creative, essay and short answer responses quickly.

We will also provide you with a pdf of additional notes for further reference.

Places are limited. Book here Turramurra (4.00pm – 5.00pm)


Some really helpful advice…

Tips for anyone who would like to help their children improve their writing

Writing is not easy. It’s much easier to talk than to write. Be kind to yourself and your children – it’s hard!

1.  Let your children see you reading and writing. Read, read, read to them. Get them to help you write a shopping list – try to be as specific as possible – this will build their vocabulary. Write an email together to a close friend or relative and tell a story within the email.

2. Around the table, at dinner time, talk about what you have all seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched – that day. It builds up young people’s vocabulary and expressiveness.

3. Talk about an event in the news, find a good newspaper article about it and then discuss what the writer has done to make the scene come alive. Watch A Current Affair  – which may seem like a crazy idea – but they use all sorts of language techniques – alliteration, metaphors in an attempt to persuade. With your child, work out how they use language to create effects.

4. Encourage your child, to write for five minutes about something that happened during the day – you could all do it. Don’t dwell on the grammar and spelling – what matters is the idea and what has been captured. The more we all write  – the better we are. Find great examples of writing  – letters home from ANZACS in WW1 are all extraordinary and beautifully written and then use them as a model to write something. Songs are wonderful too – find the lyrics of your favourite tunes and then show them to your child and then work out together why they are so moving or brilliant – have a go then at writing your own lyrics.

The four things that improve all writing 

1. Be specific – don’t say food – say crispy roast potatoes.


2. Work hard to show not tell  – don’t say – she was beautiful – say you are more lovely and temperate than a gentle Summer’s day. Ban all the following words – beautiful, gorgeous, great, fantastic, so cool.


3. Leap into a story/take a position – start in the middle  – “Brian, get out of the fire!”


4. Use the senses -what can the character see/hear/taste/touch/smell?


Common spelling errors


C       Capitals

Check you have capitalised the first letter of a sentence and all proper nouns.

O      Omission

Read through your work and check you haven’t forgotten a word. Add the correct word.

P      Punctuation

Check you have added a full stop at the end of a sentence and that you have inserted quotation marks.

S       Spelling

Check your spelling.


Some common features of dyslexic writers

1. Omission: Omit a single letter

occuring for occurring

2. Insertion: Insert a single letter

off for of

3. Substitution: Replace a single letter with another single letter

definate for definite

4. Transposition: Misorder two adjacent letters

lable for label

A single letter is misplaced by more than one position in a word

litgh for light

5. Grapheme substitution: A plausible but incorrect choice of

their for there

thort for thought

5. Wrong use of a split vowel digraph

gole for goal


If you know a young person who makes these kinds of choices – he or she can be helped.

Please see: Information from ACARA on the adjustments available to young people with disabilities.


Information from ACARA on the adjustments available to young people with disabilities.

Support NAPLAN

Information from the Victorian Education Department on dyslexia

Learning Difficulties and Dyslexia

Information from the Yale Centre for Creativity and Dyslexia

Yale Centre for Creativity and Dyslexia


1. A helpful shortcut sheet for anyone wrestling with analysing unseen texts.

Please download: Unseen texts cheat sheet


2. For the NSW HSC student in the house …

Please download: Discovery thesis statements


3. It may not look like gold but these verbs are the cornerstone of every English essay.

Please download: Verbs