The Writing Places Project is a collaboration between the SA Writers Centre (SAWC), Adelaide High School (AHS), and two artists in residence – Angela Kingston, an internationally published author and creative writing teacher, and Connor Tomas O’Brien, a young creative writer and publisher, and nationally recognised entrepreneur in the digital writing and publishing sector.
SAWC will place the writer in residence at AHS for two terms to deliver a creative writing project. Students and teachers will be immersed in innovative methods of creative writing and craft development, go through an intensive process of reviewing, drafting and editing, and learn online publication technologies and digital distribution strategies. Over the two terms, a class of Year 9 students will write, edit, design and publish an anthology of short works, and then launch and distribute that anthology during the third term.
Apart from these class-based lessons, the writer in residence will be available to teachers and students wanting individual extension in writing. SAWC continually sees examples of students who are hungry for this extension, but have nowhere to go in most schools. Students interested in other creative arts often have studios, dance facilities, music rooms etc, but young writers also need creative spaces, beyond the restrictions of the ‘library’ space, where writers can collaborate, and publication opportunities developed, for example through an annual anthology, a regular newspaper, ongoing writers groups etc. The writer will work towards establishing this space at AHS, and help to develop a real and virtual ‘writers wall’ to showcase writing, promote publishing opportunities etc.