Storyathon Term 3 – A New Theme

Term 3  Storyathon is underway. Your challenge is to write a story that is exactly 100 words on the theme: Australia and/or New Zealand today. We’re looking forward to seeing the wonderful stories that the students come up with! Student Writing Period goes through to Wednesday 9 September. Storyathon remains a free event. Storyathon is … Read more Storyathon Term 3 – A New Theme

Storyathon – Term 2 Winning Stories

Students created over 20,000 stories on Term 2 Storyathon “A Different World – Living in Lockdown”. It has provided tremendous insight into how children across various ages and locations have responded to the incredibly challenging times. The insights have received considerable media attention as well. The Weekend Australian published 20 – 21 June 2020: Lockdown locks in new … Read more Storyathon – Term 2 Winning Stories

Storyathon deadline today

The writing prompt above is the current Storyathon theme. The deadline for submission is today, 17 June. Please encourage your students to proofread and edit their creations. Haven’t started creating yet? It’s not too late. On average, students spend 23 minutes creating their stories. Why stop at one story?Many students create multiple stories. They can submit up … Read more Storyathon deadline today

Storyathon Term 1 Winners Australia and New Zealand

We are delighted to announce the winning stories for Term 1 Storyathon in Australia and New Zealand. There were almost 20, 000 entries and 70,000 student votes which was phenomenal given the disruption that everyone has been dealing with. It is wonderful to honor and enjoy the winning stories. However, it is the overall participation … Read more Storyathon Term 1 Winners Australia and New Zealand

Help children write short stories

Some children absolutely love writing stories. Their eyes widen with excitement and their imagination gets fired up. They talk animatedly about the characters they are developing. They spend a lot of time developing plots and various scenes. They go into amazingly intricate detail about backdrops and scenery.  The truth is that these children enjoy the … Read more Help children write short stories

Publish student writing to celebrate achievement

In our last post, we discussed celebrating both student writing effort and achievement. Writing can be a huge challenge not just for struggling writers but even for those who love writing in general. Having to start from scratch and staring at a blank page (or even an empty screen) can be very debilitating.   The terror … Read more Publish student writing to celebrate achievement

Why writing short stories is good for children

Creative writing is a critical skill to develop in children.  Importance of creative writing   Writing, in general, is essential. It is the basis of a child’s work in school and how his or her intellect will be judged. Writing ability becomes even more relevant as a child progresses to college and university through to the … Read more Why writing short stories is good for children

A great story in exactly 100 words

Peppa Pig’s Temper Tantrum is a 100 word story written by Brilee T from Specimen Hill Primary School in Victoria, Australia. A great story  Brilee created this award-winning story after being challenged to write a “crazy pet” story. Brilee was voted the national champion in the grade 5/6 category of the Storyathon competition. Australian students … Read more A great story in exactly 100 words

Let’s write microstories!

 What is a microstory? A microstory is simply a short story. Why write microstories? Students love writing microstories. It’s a fun, short activity.  It’s a chance to celebrate writing. As tiny narratives, it’s an opportunity to experiment with different words and focus a message. What is Storyathon? Storyathon is an exciting and free online event … Read more Let’s write microstories!

Microstories celebrate writing for kids

As a teacher, you want to do work that matters. You want to drive impact, to inspire but also to effect change. Despite all the challenges you face, you do the work you do because of your students and the connection you’ve made with them. The challenges of teaching creative writing Teaching poses many challenges. Teaching … Read more Microstories celebrate writing for kids


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