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?

Over three days you’ll explore the craft of storytelling, building your creative skills and finding out how to turn your passion into a career.

Story Camp will be presented from 10am – 2pm, Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 July at The State Library of Victoria (328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000).

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

Writing to a theme: Voiceworks
Learn how to make your fiction, poetry and illustration publication-ready. Run by the editorial committee of Voiceworks – Australia’s leading literary magazine for under 25s – this workshop shows you how to make your writing and illustrations catch the eyes of editors. Presented by Maddie Godfrey.

Do you like fantasy or sci-fi? This fiction-writing workshop teaches you how to construct your universes. You’ll be led through world-building exercises by award-winning YA author Marlee Jane Ward.

Audio storytelling
There’s an art to telling your stories aloud. This workshop is run by radio and podcasting professional Jon Tjhia, who will share tips and tricks to creating a compelling audio story.

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).


Maddie Godfrey | @madfreypoet

Maddie Godfrey has been best described as “a poetry fireball”. At twenty-two they have performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, TEDxWomen and Glastonbury Festival. In 2017 Maddie was a writer-in-residence at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Off stage, Maddie’s writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, literary journals, on posters, and by viral YouTube channels ‘Button Poetry’ and ‘Write About Now’. Maddie’s debut poetry collection, titled “How To Be Held”, will be released by Burning Eye Books (UK) in June 2018.

Marlee Jane Ward | @marleejaneward

Marlee Jane Wardis a writer from Melbourne. Her short stories and non-fiction have been published widely and her debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorp, won the Viva La Novella Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Award for YA Fiction.

Jon Tjhia | @PaperRadio

Jon Tjhiais a radio maker, musician and writer who’s interested in the boundaries between pop and experimental forms. He is the cofounder of the podcast Paper Radio, the coeditor of the Australian Audio Guide and the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor. His work includes Better Off Dead (2016), and The Messenger (2017), which won several awards including the New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Trophy and the Walkley for Best Radio/Audio Feature. He most recently released music with the group Speed Painters.

More information: call the Library’s Centre for Youth Literature team on 03 8664 7014, or email

Email Express Media’s Creative Producer, Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, on if you have any questions.

Story Camp is presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria, and supported by the Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.