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Using his own childhood migration from conflict in Northern Ireland and his central character Herschelle’s experience in New Boy, Nick Earls weaves fascinating and entertaining stories into a talk that looks at the personal stories behind migrations to Australia, with many opportunities for student thought and input. Available as an extended session designed for Year 6 curriculum units ACHASSK136 and ACHASSK137 looking specifically at migration push and pull factors, migrant experiences in Australia (including dealing with language and cultural differences) and the impact of migrants and immigration on Australian society post-1945.
Advice about writing is common, but this session adds tools to a student’s writing toolkit. Nick Earls has taken what he has learned about writing and turned it into tools that writers can use, consciously and deliberately, again and again, to take control of their writing and create compelling stories. From discovering and developing story […]
This is an online video workshop that applies the tools and principles explored in the Narrative Toolkit talk. Students should watch the talk before participating in the workshop. In a series of ten steps, students develop, write and edit a story. The session is delivered as a half-hour recorded video talk incorporating PowerPoint, with pauses […]
This century, publishing has changed, lives have changed and, for many of us, the place of reading in our lives has shifted. In a talk that manages to draw in K-Pop star Psy, the Kardashian-Jenners, the ancient videogame Pong and journals including Science and Neurology, Nick Earls reviews these changes, looking deeper than the headlines, […]
From the Word Hunters book series, comes this entertaining and energetic spin-off live show, featuring images, props, games and loads of audience interaction. Where do our words come from? Why do we spell them the way we do? Why is English the weird and complicated language it is? This talk introduces Lexi and Al from […]
Why, when we have so many options, should we make room for recreational reading of fiction in our lives? Nick Earls takes a journey through his own reading history and its impact on his writing (specifically his award-winning YA novels After January and 48 Shades of Brown), and then looks at how reading works and […]
Talk: Advice about writing is common, but this talk adds tools to a student’s writing toolkit. Nick Earls has taken what he has learned about writing and turned it into tools that writers can use, consciously and deliberately, again and again, to take control of their writing and create compelling stories. From discovering and developing […]
Nick Earls takes some of the things he’s learned about writing and, in a series of exercises, turns them into tools that can be used to create compelling stories. Learn how to use simple questions to generate ideas, how to find and use detail to reveal place and character, when to enter and exit your […]
Nick Earls talks about the experience of having five novels adapted into stage plays and two into feature films, and the many near-misses that happened along the way. Topics: The process of adaptation – including who drives it and who owns it Why many adaptations disappoint fans of the novel The differences in writing for […]