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 24 & Wednesday 26– Thursday 27 September.

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).


Elizabeth Flux | @ElizabethFlux 

Elizabeth Flux is a freelance writer and editor whose fiction and nonfiction work is widely published. She is an editor for Melbourne City of Literature’s ‘Reading Victoria’ series. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, was a judge for the Scribe Prize, was the winner of the inaugural Feminartsy Fiction Prize, and her short story
‘One’s Company’ was selected for Best Australian Stories 2017.

Amal Ibrahim

Amal Ibrahim is a Somali poet based in Melbourne. Her work explores the way identities intimately intersect, the complexity and artistry of black womanhood and the power of poetry as an act of political defiance. Amal’s featured at various poetry events, including the End Of Line Festival, Girls on Key, Melbourne Fringe Festival and 2017 Digital Writers Festival.

Ellie Marney @elliemarney

Ellie Marney is a teacher and YA author of the Every series (Every Breath, Every Word, Every Move), a highly-awarded crime trilogy for Young Adults – in 2015, Every Breath was named by the Australian Library Information Association as one of the top ten most-borrowed YA books in Australian libraries. Ellie has helped spearhead a collaborative group of literary sector professionals under the banner ‘#LoveOzYA’ to advocate for and promote Australian YA literature. She is one of the contributors to Begin End Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, and she hosts a book club – ‘#LoveOzYAbookclub’ – online. She is an Ambassador for the Stella Prize Schools Program, and is a regular speaker at schools, events and festivals. In 2017, Ellie released No Limits, a companion novel to the series – her latest novel is White Night.

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

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