Writers Teaching Teachers Writing

Writers Teaching Teachers Writing is a special program that allows authors and educators to interact in a way that is meaningful and beneficial to students. The program has two parts, student workshops running over six-seven hours, and teacher workshops running over three hours. The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to work with a published author AND to provide teachers with the opportunity to build their own writing skills in a way that supports classroom teaching of creative writing.

Partner Author

Vivian Pham author of The Coconut Children

Vivian Pham is an Australian author, raised in south west Sydney. Her first book, The Coconut Children, published in 2020 by Vintage Australia, is set in 1990s Cabramatta. The novel won her recognition as one of The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists as well as the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Fiction, the Voss Literary Prize and the NSW Premier’s Prize for Multicultural Literature.

This was the perfect program. I’ve done a lot of other professional development that I haven’t found links with my practice…This was actually practical in that it was skills I do need as a teacher.

Teacher feedback

Working with an actual author clarifying ideas… I loved how it made me grow as a writer.

Student feedback

This special project was made possible thanks to the Gardos Family.