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Junior writers inspired by nature

An environment camp for young writers has encouraged creativity and imagination.

Students sitting on rocks and writing

Serene surrounds stimulate creativity at the Writers in the Environment camp.

The natural environment of the Hawkesbury inspired young authors at the Writers in the Environment Camp at the Brewongle Environmental Education Centre (EEC).

This week 52 Year 6 students from 20 schools have taken part in the annual camp which has been running for the past 21 years.

Steven Brody, principal of the Brewongle EEC, said senior primary students from local schools gathered to give free rein to their creativity in the serene but stimulating surrounds of the camp.

“We’ve found that getting away from the everyday enables the students to let their imaginations take over,” Mr Brody said.

“Harnessing imagination with some guidance from teachers and the inspiration of visiting children’s authors means you have a recipe for some superb writing.”

The visiting authors included Susanne Gervay, Oliver Phommavanh and Lisa Shanahan with Simon French as the writer-in-residence.

Over the three-day camp, the participants considered a variety of writing genres and studied writing skills such as planning, plot, characterisation, scene-setting and endings.

The students’ sense of authorship and ownership will be strengthened with the publication of a collection of short stories written during the camp.

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