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SCWC Young Writers Groups - Term 1 2024

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The Young Writers Program at the South Coast Writers Centre is a thriving program that has been running since 2014, offering creative writing workshops for young people aged 10-18. The program is built on active, workshop-based learning and practice, with the aim to be both a class and community, where young writers can develop their craft and create work they are proud of in a relaxed, inclusive, and supportive space.

LATE ENROLMENTS WELCOME - Enrolments made after the starting week will automatically be discounted the cost of the missed week/s (until Week 6)

Please email the course facilitator if you have any enquiries about the program -

YOUNG WRITERS GROUP - Tuesdays In-Person (Wollongong Library)
(ages 10-13) with Rhys Lorenc & Helena Fox
Tuesdays, 4pm-6pm for 9 weeks

YOUNG WRITERS GROUP - Wednesdays In-Person (Coledale Community Hall)
(ages 10-13) with Rhys Lorenc
Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm for 9 weeks

In the YWG workshops, students will respond to writing prompts every week, read out their work and give each other feedback. There will be a focus on developing the craft of writing, learning new ideas and techniques, and exploring all kinds of writing in a fun and supportive way.

SENIOR YWG - Thursdays *NOW In-Person* (Wollongong Library)
(ages 14-18) with Helena Fox, Rhys Lorenc & Sky Carrall
Thursdays, 4pm-6pm for 9 weeks

In these workshops, students will delve deeply into the craft of writing through a broad range of writing prompts, and further develop their editorial skills by creating long-form work and revising works in progress. They will also read and critique each other's work and the work of diverse authors and continue to build their unique writer's voice, all in a safe and inclusive space.


Rhys Lorenc is a local writer, teacher, graduate of University of Wollongong (with a double major in Creative Writing and English Literatures) and art nerd, with a particular interest in speculative fiction. A long-time member of the Young Writers Program, Rhys co-founded the Young Writers Collective with Helena Fox in 2020 and has been leading workshops for both the Collective and the YWP for over two years. His writing can be seen in the Young Writers Collective anthology, Uncommon Words, and in Altercation Magazine.

Sky Carrall lives on Dharawal Country in Wollongong and has been involved with the SCWC Young Writers Collective (YWC) since 2020, where she has run writing sessions for the group. She has also run writing workshops for International Women’s Day in partnership with Women Illawarra. In 2022, Sky’s work was published in the YWC anthology Uncommon Words, and her microfiction and short stories have been published in Spineless Wonders anthologies. Sky has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative Writing with Distinction, and also works as a journalist and a dance teacher.

Helena Fox is the facilitator of the Young Writers Program. She has been running the YWP since 2014 and leading creative writing workshops for young people for over fifteen years. Helena is the author of two YA novels, and has won the Prime Minister's Literary Award and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Writing for Young Adults. Her novels, short stories and poetry have been published in Australia and internationally. She lives on beautiful Dharawal Country. 


Please contact us if you have any questions.

Creative Kids Vouchers are applicable to this program; please enter your voucher number during the booking process if using one. 

PLEASE NOTE Creative Kids $100 vouchers expire 30 June 2023. After this date vouchers will reduce in value to $50.

We cannot refund vouchers once used.

Term fees can also be paid in instalments - please contact the SCWC at to arrange.

For information on the Emerging Writers Program YOUNG WRITERS COLLECTIVE (for writers aged 18-25), click here.

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Refunds are available should you need to cancel your enrolment.