As part of their Artists in Schools project, SA Writers Centre and Adelaide High School have collaborated to produce and anthology of stories.
The book #Radelaide: Stories from Adelaide High, which recently launched in Adelaide has been a successful, innovative project which has given students a rich experience.
Participating student Chelsea Holt enjoyed an experience to learn from professional writers Connor Tomas O’Brien and Angela Kingston and was thrilled to see her writing in print at the end of the project.
“I’ve always loved writing stories, and having an actual author help me develop and publish my work was something really special, a childhood dream come true,” she said.
The Writing Places Project is a collaboration between the SA Writers Centre and Adelaide High School and two artists in residence.
The artists in question were internationally published author Angela Kingston, and Connor Tomas O’Brien, a young creative writer and publisher.
Poet, Amelia Walker, and young editors/writers, Simon Collinson and Rose Hartley also delivered sessions to the students as part of the project.
The writers were in residence at AHS for two terms sharing innovative methods of creative writing and craft development with teachers and students.
An intensive process of reviewing, drafting and editing, as well as learning online publication technologies and digital distribution strategies made up the programme over the semester.
#Radelaide is the end result; the accomplishment of a class of Year 9 students who wrote, edited, designed and published an anthology of their short works.
Writer in Residence Angela Kingston said she couldn’t be happier with the results of the project.
“It’s a pleasure to show young people that language can be playful and fun, and to help them become stronger, more confident writers,” she said.
“The students embraced this opportunity with gusto, and it shows in the quality of their writing. I couldn’t be happier for them, they deserve all of the accolades coming their way.”