Apr
20
10:00 am10:00

One Lost Bag

What would you do if you found a lost bag full of interesting objects and treasures? What clues could the contents tell you about the owner?

Writers observe details about the world just like detectives. In this mystery writing workshop you’ll create characters, describe settings, plot an exciting story and start writing your own mystery. Who was the owner of the bag and what happened to them?

 

The Creative Wordshop
Suite 51, Level 1
164-170 Hunter Street
Newcastle (entry on Market St)

Apr
19
10:00 am10:00

What's Your Superpower?

Imagine if you could fly or make yourself invisible? What if you could heal pain with a touch or read minds?

In this fun workshop we’ll create our own superpower, work out how it was first discovered, the character’s weakness (think Kryptonite!) and whether or not to use the superpower for good or evil! We’ll create a character with this superpower and write a story about it. How does an extraordinary person fit into the ordinary world?

The Creative Wordshop
Suite 51, Level 1
164-170 Hunter Street
Newcastle (entry on Market St)

Apr
10
9:00 am09:00

Childrens Bookshop Holiday Workshop

Loud Macaws and Muddy Paws


Join author Jess Black as she takes you on a rollicking journey to create stories about her favourite subject – animals! Discover how to inject humour, surprise, suspense and loving characters into your stories.


When? Monday April 10th, 9-12pm...
For Kids aged 6-8
Cost? $50 per student .

All materials are provided. Book early!

The Children's Bookshop

Ph: 02 9481 8811

Mar
24
Mar 25

Writing Club

Know a child who loves writing? We’re starting up a writing club for kids who do. It will be held on the last Friday of each month from 4pm-6pm. Kids will be able spark off their peers as well as learn a variety of techniques tailored for talented young writers. The first club for kids from 8-13 will be held on Friday 24 February.

The next writing club meet will be held on Friday 24th March.

The Creative Word Shop

Suite 51, Level 1
164-170 Hunter Street
Newcastle (entry on Market St)

Phone: Ed 0408788765

Feb
6
Mar 27

Castles in the Sky - Writing Children's Books

Do you have an idea for a story you think kids would love? Do you often find yourself taking off on flights of fancy but not sure how to ground your ideas? Are you interested in learning more about the world of children’s publishing?

This eight-week course will give you a fresh approach to turning ideas into story by using memory and observation as inspiration. We will cover the essential elements of the picture book form as well as the chapter book form when writing for children. You will be given an overview of voice, creating convincing characters, pace, age appropriateness, theme, injecting tension and suspense, and story structure. 

An overview of the children’s publishing industry as well as submission guidelines and approaching publishers will also be covered. 

This course is suitable for students of any level. Just bring a sense of curiosity and willingness to explore the world of children’s storytelling!

The Creative Wordshop

10am - 12 noon Mondays
Suite 51, Level 1
164-170 Hunter Street
Newcastle (entry on Market St)

Jan
17
10:00 am10:00

The Call to Adventure

The Call to Adventure

7-13yo. Jess Black

Whether your hero is on the cricket pitch, fighting tigers in a jungle or a bully at school; their adventure begins by answering the call to adventure.  This workshop gives you the tools to create exciting and suspenseful stories filled with non stop page turning action.

Jan
11
10:00 am10:00

The Magic Door

The Magic Door

8-14yo. Jess Black

Fantasy writing is a genre that children are naturally drawn to. In this workshop children can explore their own portal into a magic world through the device of a magic door. They will work on the world, the setting, characters, magical creatures and devices and how to make it back to their own world.

Oct
18
9:00 am09:00

Author Event - Cessnock City Library

Cessnock City Library Jess Black Author event


Program for School Visits

Tuesday 18th October 9.30am to 10.30am       Paxton and Congewai Public Schoolyears K-4               (42 students) in the library at Paxton Public School
 
11.30am to 12.30pm    St Phillips Christian College     Year 4 (100 students)
 
2pm to 3pm         Stanford Merthyr Infants School     Years K-2 (70 students)     
 
4pm to 5pm     Jess will run a creative writing workshop for a                   limited number of children from 8-13 years at Kurri Kurri Library.       Bookings are essential, and will be taken from                                 Tuesday 4th October.
 
Phone 4937 1638, or call in at 251 Lang Street Kurri Kurri. email karen.bruce@cessnock.nsw.gov.au
Jess

Sep
13
Sep 14

Lunch With the Stars - Belmont Yacht Club

 

The CBCA (NSW) Newcastle Sub-branch hosted its second 

 

'Lunch with the Stars' 

 

event on Tuesday, 13th September.

 

Fifteen local children's authors, poets and illustrators entertained 112 local children 

from 14 primary schools from across the Hunter Region.

May
15
10:00 am10:00

The Creative Wordshop Writing Workshop

From Foxes in Soxes to Bums Going Psycho

Comedy Writing with Jess Black

 

Is it really all about poo, farts and snot? Why do kids laugh at Dad jokes? Join me for a look some of the best comedy writing for kids from Dr Seuss to Andy Griffiths. We will explore what works, why it works and how to apply it to your own writing. This course will apply to those wanting to write picture books and chapter books for children.

Jess Black has written many chapter book series for children including The Kaboom Kid, The Bindi Wildlife Adventures and the Keeper of the Crystals series. Jess has her first picture book, Moon Dance, coming out in March.

Apr
22
Apr 24

Children's Bookshop Writing Workshop

From Foxes in Soxes to Bums Going Psycho

Comedy Writing with Jess Black

 

Is it really all about poo, farts and snot? Why do kids laugh at Dad jokes? Join me for a look some of the best comedy writing for kids from Dr Seuss to Andy Griffiths. We will explore what works, why it works and how to apply it to your own writing. This course will apply to those wanting to write picture books and chapter books for children.

Jess Black has written many chapter book series for children including The Kaboom Kid, The Bindi Wildlife Adventures and the Keeper of the Crystals series. Jess has her first picture book, Moon Dance, coming out in March.

Apr
2
10:00 am10:00

Moon Dance Book Launch - NWF

Join us for dancing and craft! We'll be launching Moon Dance at the Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library, Laman Street, at 10am Saturday 2nd April.

Kids are welcome to dress as an Aussie Animal or the Night Sky!

 

 

 

Mermaid's Tears Workshops - School Holiday Fun
Jan
20
10:30 am10:30

Mermaid's Tears Workshops - School Holiday Fun

Newcastle Region Libraries are hosting some Mermaid Tears workshops with me this school holidays!! We'll be chatting Eve and the Mermaid's tears and making necklaces.

Hamilton | Wednesday 13 January | 10.30am
New Lambton | Monday 18 January | 2pm
Wallsend | Friday 15 January | 2pm

Newcastle Launch of Eve and the Mermaid's Tears
Oct
17
Oct 18

Newcastle Launch of Eve and the Mermaid's Tears

Thanks you to the wonderful Macleans Booksellers for hosting the launch of Eve and the Mermaid's tears, the third book in the Keeper of the Crystals series.

JESS BLACK - BOOK LAUNCH
Eve and the Mermaid's Tears

DATE : Saturday 17th October
TIME : 2.30PM
LOCATION : MacLean's Booksellers, Hamilton

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the third book in the fantastic "Keeper of the Crystals" series
 

This is the third book in the fast paced adventure series from talented local author Jess Black. In this book Eve and Oscar find themselves in a world where cut-throat pirates rule the waves and where the langue of the sea is the only tongue spoken. It's the mermaids that need help. There being captured so their tears can be sold as treasure. But if these protectors of the ocean disappear then the balance of the ocean is upset and all marine life is under threat.

Everyone is welcome to join us for story-time, mermaid and pirate crafts and some afternoon tea.

RSVP: T - 49692525 or E - sales@macleansbooks.com.au