Join The Mini-Writing Festival!

    15 On-Demand workshops each a writing masterclass
    with leading Australian authors!

    What's included in the Mini-Writing Festival?

    15 on-demand author workshops.

    1,000’s of ready to use teaching resources.

    Comprehensive Book Week Pack.

    Free book creation and sharing tools.

    Excited, engaged scribers!

    Join the Mini-Writing Festival Program!

    Special Offer 20% off for a limited time - the best value incursion!
    40-minute interactive workshops.

    Now Available On-Demand

    “I can highly recommend the online version through Littlescribe. It is highly professional and provides schools with an incredible array of resources for writing. Every school should subscribe.”

    Lynn Scanes, Teacher, Cowan Public School, NSW

    Includes a comprehensive Book Week Resource Pack

    Connects with award-winning Australian authors

    Includes teaching slides, activities, and worksheets like these:

    What else is included?

    Available now - writing, vocabulary and book creation challenges from authors

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    “In my 20 years of teaching, I have never seen a literacy program
    have such an impact.”

    Becky Ward, Koputaroa School, New Zealand.

    FAQ

    Pricing is on a per student basis. Discounts apply when an entire school signs up for a program. Options are available for printing original books. We recommend requesting our guide for more detail.

    Resources are released in Term 1 but you can get started at any time in the year.

    The live Festival workshops take place the week commencing July 31st.

    Yes. Resources align with the Australian Curriculum, NSW and VIC and the recent K to 2 NSW Syllabus. Resources are designed for students aged 5 to 14 years+

    Yes. The program is designed for you to cherry pick resources to complement your writing plan and target the needs of individuals and groups of students. We recommend reviewing the resource contents pages, scope and sequence examples and how to guides to help you get the most out of the program.

    Yes it works for both.

    It’s a flexible and blended program designed to support your timetable and work alongside existing programs. Author workshops are available live and on-demand.

    Authors involved with the 2023 Littlescribe Writing programs include:

    Jackie French
    – Jackie French AM is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honorary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children’s Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.

    Jackie has written over 200 books, some of which have sold millions of copies and won over 60 awards in Australia and internationally. Jackie is one of the few writers to win both literary and children’s choice awards. She has appeared in assorted ‘Burke’s Backyard’ segments, radio shows, newspaper and magazine columns.

    Jackie writes for adults, young adults, and children, on history, ecology, and her award-winning historical fiction for all ages. Her titles include Hitler’s Daughter and Diary of a Wombat.

    Her first children’s book Rain Stones was written in a shed with a wallaby called Fred, a black snake called Gladys and a wombat called Smudge. It was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award and CBCA Younger Reader’s Book of the Year.

    Katrina McKelvey – Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author, former primary school teacher, wife, and mother to two tweenagers and a cocker spaniel.

    Her many children’s picture books and educational readers include No Baths Week, Up To Something, Isla’s Family Tree, and Chasing Rainbows.

    Katrina is highly involved in CBCA, SCBWI, literary conferences and festivals. She is the Schools Program Advisor and Family Fun Day MC for the Newcastle Writers’ Festival, and was a past President of the Newcastle sub-branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

    Katrina loves visiting schools to meet children, educators and the community. When she was herself a teacher, Katrina found every day rewarding.

    Sue Whiting – Sue Whiting is an award-winning children’s and YA author and editor who has worked in publishing for two decades.

    Sue’s passion for children’s literature started during her time as a primary school teacher. She enjoyed connecting children with books that would help them become lifelong readers. Ultimately this turned to an ambition to write her own books for children. Her first break was as a contract writer for the Contract Publishing Company writing text for novelty books and then later for the education market. Her first published trade middle grade novel was Battle of the Rats in 2004.

    Sue was the senior commissioning editor and publishing manager for Walker Books Australia for many years before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing.

    As a storyteller and schools’ performer, Sue has informed, inspired and entertained thousands of kids across the country.

    Jacqueline Harvey –Jacqueline Harvey has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. These days, having written more than 50 books she is one of Australia’s most popular authors for children.

    Her Alice-Miranda series has sold well in excess of a million copies in Australia and New Zealand alone. Spy series, Kensy and Max is packed with drama, action and loads of fun and Clementine Rose has long been a favourite with young readers. Her most recent release is a picture book called That Cat, illustrated by one of her former students, Kate Isobel Scott, and aimed at a very young audience.

    Jacqueline has received numerous short-listings and awards including in the Children’s Choice awards (YABBA, KOALA and KROC) and Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) while her picture book, The Sound of the Sea was a CBCA Honour Book in 2006.

    Lisa Nicol – Lisa Nicol is an author who sometimes makes documentaries. Lisa sees books and films as different ways to tell a story.

    Her documentary WIDE OPEN SKY was all about a children’s choir in remote NSW and the importance of growing up with lots of music. It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and screened in cinemeas and festivals around the world.

    Her first novel for children, Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter, was a CBCA Notable and is currently being adapted for the screen as a musical. Her second novel Vincent and The Grandest Hotel on Earth is about an extraordinary place that is wilder than the African savanna, more fantastical than Disneyland and more magical than Shangri-la. It was published internationally to much acclaim. Her latest book, The What On Earth Institute of Wonder was published in 2021.

    James Foley – James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator. He makes picture books, middle grade novels and comics for kids. He created the graphic novel series: Brobot, Dungzilla and Gastronauts starring Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve.

    James’ earlier books, My Dead Bunny, In The Lion, The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards. His books There’s Something Weird About Lena and Chickensaurus are among his recent offerings and showcase his humorous, illustrative style. His latest picture book, Stellarphant, is about the world’s first elephant astronaut.

    As writer and illustrator, James loves being able to pull the whole story together from scratch. James started his career in primary school, drawing cartoons for the school newspaper, and in year 7, won third prize in a state-wide ‘Make Your Own Storybook’ Competition.

    Kristin Darell – Kristin Darell has been a writer and journalist for more than 25 years. She has worked as a reporter and a producer of news and current affairs for the Seven Network, Australian News Channel, Sky News and the ABC.

    During that time, Kristin reported live from bushfires and other disaster zones, covered court and crime stories and specialised in the studio production of breaking news.

    A passion for skiing and the snow led Kristin to a career highlight – reporting from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

    Kristin loves writing for children and encouraging children to write – particularly helping them find ways to share what they are most passionate about!

    Deborah Abela – After training as a teacher, Deborah Abela went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail…twice!

    Deborah was a writer/producer of a national children’s TV show at Network TEN, writing scripts about everything from llamas to bungy jumping and how to go to the toilet in outer space. Since then, she has become an internationally published and awarded author.

    Deborah knew she wanted to be a writer when she was seven years old. She has now written 27 books, including the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series. Her crankiness about climate change led to the novels, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm.

    Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero, Deborah’s first picture book, was chosen by Dolly Parton to be part of her Imagination Library.

    Oliver Phommavanh – Oliver Phommavanh is a Thai-Australian who loves to make people laugh on the page as a children’s author or on stage as a comedian. He loves eating burgers and playing his Nintendo Switch. In his heart, Oliver still feels fifteen years old.

    He is a proud bookworm who is passionate about creative writing. He uses his experience as a primary school teacher to inspire kids to write funny all across Australia and Asia.

    Oliver has appeared in writing, arts and comedy festivals in Australia and other countries. He has appeared as a comedian on national tv and radio. Oliver is a proud Room To Read Author Ambassador, a Books in Homes role model and an ambassador for the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.

    Oliver’s books are packed with laughs, but also carry a lot of heart and authentic characters living in a multicultural Australia.

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    About the Littlescribe Writing Program.

    Created in 2019 our mission was to engage students in writing by bringing leading authors into classrooms, and inspiring teachers with creative resources they love to teach.

    In 2020 we launched the ‘Mini-Writing Festival,’ a week of live, online interactive workshops featuring leading children’s authors. Designed to build student confidence and capability, each workshop models a ‘mini’ writing skill.

    The Festival still runs over 5 days each year but now comes with a whole year’s worth of interactive, adaptable and on-demand resources you will love.

    Designed by teachers, our program and resources help teachers engage students in writing without adding 100s of hours to their year – rather it saves precious time.

    Let us take you and your students on a writing journey you will all love.

    Summary of program inclusions

    15+ Author Festival Workshops

    Mini-Review Assessment Tool + Packs

    Book Creation Tools

    Library
    for students
    writing

    BookWeek
    Pack
    Part 1 and 2

    BookWeek
    Pack
    Part 3 and 4

    Author Micro
    Videos

    Teacher
    Writing
    Toolkit

    12 pg printed book per student

    Littlescribe Writing Program

    Littlescribe Writing
    Program
    PLUS

    The Program Framework

    The framework is designed to be flexible, for you to choose and adjust the order of resources to meet your program objectives and timing. It includes resources that can delivered as digital, printable, live, or in-demand.

    Resources include :

    • Assessment activity packs
    • Writing styles and text features
    • All About Authors

    Resources include:

    • Vocab
    • Writing
    • Student first draft response

    Workshops include opportunity to:

    • Compare and contrast ideas
    • Interact with authors
    • Apply skills to refine and edit

    Resources include:

    • Book Creation Challenge
    • Published author certificate
    • Celebrate student writing

    Supports: remote learning, classroom, groups and individuals

    • Student samples & data collection
    • Writing styles & text features
    • All about the authors
    • Vocab challenge
    • Writing challenge
    • Student first drafts
    Term 3 Modelled Writing
    • Compare and contrast ideas
    • Interact with authors
    • Apply skills to refine and edit
    • Book creation challenge
    • Published Author certificates
    • Celebrate student writing

    Choose to respond with handwritten or typed work

    Australian Curriculum, NSW and VIC.
    5 to 14 years +
    Includes
    resources for
    homeschooling

    Lesson plans for explicit whole class or small group teaching

    Assign activities for independent learning at home or at school

    Teachers are supported with editable resources and digital tools:

    • Mini-Review: Assess and store student writing samples.
    • FestivalScribes: Digitally assign literacy activities to students.
    • Activity Packs: Teaching slides with explicit instructions.
    • Student Writing Journal: Worksheets and templates.
    • Author interactions: On-demand videos and live workshops.
    • Micro Videos: Comprehension and visual literacy activities.
    • Book Week: Resources, activities and ideas.
    • Book Creation: Publishing tools and unlimited digital uploads.
    • Littlescribe Libraries: Classroom and student digital libraries.

    Program Framework

    What’s included?

    Assessment Mini Review

    Digital Writing Activities

    Teaching Slides

    Student Writing Journal

    Interact with author Jackie French
    Examine the writing process
    Interact with author Gabrielle Wang
    Explore all styles of writing
    Interact with author Andrew Daddo
    Experiment with text types
    Interact with author Oliver Phommavanh
    Interact with authors

    Absolutely loved it! … not only inspired my students to write more creatively but inspired my teaching.”

    Deborah Hansen, King’s Baptist Grammar School, Wynn Vale, SA.

    Feedback from educators

    “Absolutely loved it! … not only inspired my students to write more creatively but inspired my teaching.”

    Deborah Hansen, King’s Baptist Grammar School, Wynn Vale, SA.

    WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES

    • 20+ Writing workshops.
    • 20+ Vocabulary challenges.
    • 20+ Author writing challenges.
    • Student Writing Journal (BLM).
    • Connections to syllabus.
    • Resources are digital and printable.
    • Micro videos as lesson starters.
    • Lesson plans.
    • Differentiated activities.

    BOOK WEEK ACTIVITY PACK

    • Part 1: All About the Authors.
    • Part 2: Persuade. Promote. Publish.
    • Part 3: Comprehension/Visual Literacy.
    • Part 4: Book Creation Guide.
    • Student activity packs.
    • Teaching slides.

    COLLABORATE. SHARE. CELEBRATE.

    • Digital books in your school community.
    • Post on the Story Starter Wall.
    • Collaborative class projects e.g. calendars, cards, etc.
    • Book Week certificates
    • Book publication

    Inspire. Engage. Create.

    Program includes:

    WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES

    • 20+ Writing workshops.
    • 20+ Vocabulary challenges.
    • 20+ Author writing challenges.
    • Student Writing Journal (BLM).
    • Connections to syllabus.
    • Resources are digital and printable.
    • Micro videos as lesson starters.
    • Lesson plans.
    • Differentiated activities.

    BOOK WEEK ACTIVITY PACK

    • Part 1: All About the Authors.
    • Part 2: Persuade. Promote. Publish.
    • Part 3: Comprehension/Visual Literacy.
    • Part 4: Book Creation Guide.
    • Student activity packs.
    • Teaching slides.

    COLLABORATE. SHARE. CELEBRATE.

    • Digital books in your school community.
    • Post on the Story Starter Wall.
    • Collaborative class projects e.g. calendars, cards, etc.
    • Book Week certificates
    • Book publication

    Create and Publish

    Students from
    St. Raphael’s School PARKSIDE, SA
    celebrated the end of 2021
    as published authors.

    Micro Author Videos

    Teaching gold!
    5-minute
    videos to review and reinforce skills and techniques from author workshops.
    View this 2021 sample.

    Micro Author Videos

    Teaching gold!
    5-minute
    videos to review and reinforce skills and techniques from author workshops.
    View this 2021 sample.

    The ultimate Book Week Activity Pack

    Book Creation guides, templates and videos

    Teaching Slides and Author Micro Videos

    Student Worksheet Activity Pack

    Explore Book Week: Dreaming with eyes open…​

    Resources available digitally and on demand.

    Resources  connected to the curriculum.

    Students will discover 20+ authors, read their biographies, write book reviews, form questions and write persuasive letters to the authors.

    Create persuasive marketing materials using resources to promote books and authors in class and your school. Projects can be published and shared.

    Use the Festival workshops visual prompts, videos, and notes. Students can review their work and incorporate new or revised techniques in their writing process.

    Use resources and templates to guide book creation from initial ideas, to first drafts, editing, and publication. Explore book design, page layout and conventions. Create student books, and publish. 

    Meet Jasmine Seymour CBCA Book Week illustrator for 2022, access author workshop, biography and activity packs.

    I loved it all! This is my first year of teaching and I, as well my students learnt new skills.”

    Roisin Mcnaughton, Teacher Wallacia Public School, NSW

    I thoroughly enjoyed the festival, it helped build teacher capacity, inspired students to read some books from unknown authors and inspired them to write for purpose! “

    Emily Edwards, Karoonda Area School SA

    Absolutely loved it! … not only inspired my students to write more creatively but inspired my teaching.”

    Deborah Hansen, King’s Baptist Grammar School, Wynn Vale, SA.

    Join Australian authors, illustrators,  poets and journalists in 20+ writing workshops.

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    Choose from 20+ writing workshops (on-demand until the end of term 3)

    Discover a year of resources, writing activities, workbooks and Book Week Activity Packs

    Write with Australian authors & publish your original work for CBCA Book Week

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    Flexibility

    Students create and publish their writing

    On-demand
    (until the end of term 3)

    Writing resources online and printable

    An engaging, inspiring and fun program.

    Mini-Writing Festival highlights...

    Kate Ritchie reads...

    'The Island of Death' by Bailey from Bega Public School, NSW.

    James Foley reads...

    'What Animals Do When The Zoo Gates Are Closed' by Dalkeith Public School WA read by James Foley