IRL Hub presents
Creative Writing: Developing Characters and Narrative for Science Fiction
with Rama Nicholas
This is a special showcase session is presented free of charge to support Melbourne schools in the middle of a new lockdown (schools from elsewhere are still welcome).
Subject area: English
General age suitability: Years 9 – 10 (approx. 14 to 16 years old)
This particular session is for: Years 9 & 10
Curriculum references: Download the PDF Workshop overview matched with syllabus criteria (NSW, VIC, and Australian Curricula are listed) from the IRL Hub workshop here.
Resources: This workshop involves resources to provide to students prior to the workshop. Post-workshop, teachers are provided with recap notes about the workshop and suggested extension activities to use with their class independently.
Letting the imagination run wild is a great starting point for creating fun literature, especially in science fiction. Understanding genre tropes, narrative structures, and character development allows writers to give their stories meaning and depth, and is a salve to writers’ block.
Rama Nicholas is a multi-award-winning comedian, actor, improviser, writer and director. She teaches internationally in writing, directing and improvisation but is best known in her home city of Melbourne for her critically acclaimed, one woman, multi-character solo shows, which are a unique blend of intricate character comedy and incredible storytelling.
In the first part of this workshop, Rama takes students through some of the unique features of science fiction, how narratives are structures and the importance of plot points, and how to create believable, relatable characters within a fantastical world.
In the second part of the workshop, students will work together to create a character using the techniques discussed, and look at how that character can be placed in different contexts.
TIME & DATE
This workshop has available sessions:
This is a special showcase session presented free of charge to support Melbourne schools in the middle of a new lockdown (schools from elsewhere are still welcome). Tickets for this event are free, but the capacity is limited to 125 participants (approx. four classes) so bookings are still essential.
Tickets must be booked by the supervising teacher for themselves and number of students in their class (plus any other supervising teachers or teacher’s aides). If you need to amend your booking numbers, you can contact IRL Hub directly up until the day before the workshop.
During the booking process, you will need to provide contact details for another point of contact at your school in case we need to verify any details. Using your .edu email address during the booking process is preferred for this reason.
As IRL Hub does not collect or store any data of students, teachers will need to send details about this workshop on to their students in order to access the online workshop and its resources.
HOW TO ACCESS THE EVENT & IRL HUB’S POLICIES
This is a group video conference on Zoom for school bookings only.
The booking contact will be sent the pre-workshop resources within a day of booking. These resources give teachers and students an introduction to the presenters and subject matter.
The login instructions will be sent to the booking contact the day before the workshop to pass on to students.
You can download a simple PDF outlining IRL Hub’s document on how to use Zoom for schools, and all of IRL Hub’s policies and compliance documentation from https://irlhub.com.au/about/policies-compliance/
QUESTIONS & ENQUIRIES
If you have any questions or enquires, please contact Carrie Hardie or Toby Sullivan via firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT IRL HUB
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