Story Camp

This is your chance to meet and learn from some of Australia’s most exciting and inspiring storytellers in a free school holiday workshop for 12 to 15-year-olds.

Do you have big dreams of writing a novel, penning a poem or publishing your own zine? Or do you have something to say, but you’re not quite sure how to get it out into the world?

Story Camp will be presented from 10am – 2pm, Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd July.

Express Your Interest in July Story Camp Here

During the three-day workshop, Story Campers will:

  • explore the craft of storytelling under the guidance of some of Australia’s finest authors and poets
  • participate in hands-on workshops to build creative skills and confidence
  • find out what a career as a professional writer really looks like.

Lunch and transport costs are provided.

Accessibility: Has wheelchair access

Open to: students from eligible schools

Age: 12–15 years

Cost: free

To be eligible for Story Camp, your school needs to have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA).

OUR 2019 Presenters

Ahmed Yussuf

Ahmed Yussuf is a writer and journalist. He co-edited ‘Growing Up African in Australia’, the first non-fiction anthology of African-diaspora stories in Australia. His work has featured in Acclaim Magazine, The Guardian, TRT World and Jalada Africa. He was also an artist in the 2018 Digital Writers Festival.

Magenta Sheridan

Magenta Sheridan edits for Going Down Swinging and Voiceworks, writes stories and reads a lot of comics. She runs creative writing workshops across Melbourne and was recently awarded the Melbourne Writers Festival Creative Writing Prize.

Alison Evans

Alison Evans is the author of Ida, the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017. They recently published their second novel, Highway Bodies, and are a contributor to new anthology, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories. They are based in Melbourne where they continue to work towards their lifelong dream of being a purveyor of rabid gender politics.

Story Camp is presented by Express Media, the State Library Victoria, and supported by the Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.

Caitlin McGregor 

Caitlin McGregor is an essayist, critic and editor. Her writing has appeared in a range of magazines and literary journals, including The Big Issue, Overland Literary Journal, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, and Voiceworks. She has edited nonfiction for Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow and Farrago, and in 2018 was an Express Media judge for the John Marsden Prize for Young Writers. Caitlin is currently a writer-in-residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and is working on her first essay collection.

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine’s short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. She was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists for 2015. Maxine has published three poetry collections including Carrying the World, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry 2017 and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. The Hate Race, a memoir about growing up black in Australia won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural NSW Award 2017 and was shortlisted for an ABIA, an Indie Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and Stella Prize. The Patchwork Bike, Maxine’s first picture book with Van T. Rudd was a CBCA Honour Book for 2017.

Amie Green

Amie Green (23) writes and draws queer, witchy and wormy things. She is an exhibiting multimedia artist and writes about fat and disability activism. She’s been published in Voiceworks, Concrete Queers, Farrago, Judy’s Punch, Camp, and Wasteland Online. Amie is passionate about arts education and has worked with non-for-profit Illustrators Australia. She is a former Media Officer of the University of Melbourne Student Union and Farrago editor.

She currently sits on the Voiceworks editorial committee and has designed and illustrated for several Melbourne journals and zines. Find her rollerblading around the Western suburbs of Melbourne and on Instagram @amiesgreenart.