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Writing Workshops

Lorraine conducts all types of writing workshops including professional development for staff, workshops for writers, children's workshops on poetry and story development, general creative writing workshops and a "how to" on developing a portfolio of work.

Enquiries for bookings

If you'd like to enquire about workshops with Lorraine, please contact us here.


Lisa Coates

IB PYP Co ordinator, Mount Eliza North PS.

Being a mum and a teacher makes Lorraine’s time with the students an organised, relaxed, enjoyable experience for both students and supervising teacher.  Lorraine’s enthusiasm and energy while working with students were rewarded by students grappling to select the “gemstone” words to colour their poetry.
John Jones, Manager, Eaglehawk Focus Centre

An inspirational series of lessons. Your ability to challenge the boundaries of the students' creativity within the scaffolding framework of a defined structure and form has generated some outstanding work. I have also enjoyed using some of your models with other students to generate what I consider to be some pretty good work - thankyou.


Li Gin, Librarian, Sydney Grammar School Edgecliff Preparatory School.

We had a fantastic seven days of workshops. As I look over the boys' work, I am continually amazed by their imaginative responses and the quality of their writing. You touched the poetic chord in many of them and some of the poems do sing! Of course this was not done without a huge amount of work from you.

 The boys responded to your boundless energy in the classes and the teachers really appreciated your generosity in sharing ideas. For the entire school (K-Yr 6), you made poetry accessible, real and essential. We're now on our way to an anthology of the boys' poems, but in the long term, we have boys reading their own poetry at assembly, the Headmaster himself reading a poem each week, poetry readings at Open Day, poetry books in the classroom and more poetry than ever in the Library.

We thank you for all this! '

Fran Mawdsley,  English Co- Ordinator Kangaroo Flat Secondary College

Thankyou for your time at Kangaroo Flat Secondary College.  The feedback from Staff and students has been incredibly positive.


Workshops can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the school, students, writers' groups or teaching staff.


Choose from:
  • Techniques to overcome writer's block- great for secondary classes and adult groups
  • How to develop ideas for writing
  • Keeping a writing journal
  • Writing poetry- for example:
  • Conversation poetry
  • Three word scary poems
  • Unfolding poems, recording action as it happens
  • Mask poetry
  • Images
  • Phrase poetry

A full list can be supplied with the breakdown of techniques into age levels by contacting Lorraine Marwood here.

Lorraine's writing experience includes:

  • Australian editor of the UK literary magazine Tears in the Fence
  • Judge for many writing competitions including Dorothea McKellar Poetry Competition
  • Teacher of creative writing
  • Workshop provider to many schools for six years, conducting workshops on poetry and story writing skills
  • Writer of poetry ideas and teaching plans for Literature Base
  • Publication in many international and Australian literary and poetry publications including Antipodes USA, Island, Famous Reporter, Poetrix

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