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Hunter Valley Writers, Maitland

248 High St.
Maitland, NSW 2320
Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

For questions about our courses, please contact us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about our Young Authors Online Club.

Our online program consists of 10 weekly lessons, each based around a different theme. Each week, kids receive access to the next lesson, where they can watch a new video presentation by author Karen Hughes, complete the exercises, and take the Story Challenge. Each presentation is around 10-15 minutes in length and covers a different aspect of creative writing. Kids will have access to all 10 lessons for the whole year, so they can work at their own pace.

The lessons contain a variety of resources, including novel excerpts, descriptive passages, and plenty of fun writing exercises. Topics include: Finding Inspiration, Plotting and Planning, Character Development, Building Fictional Worlds, Voice and Perspective, Language and Grammar Techniques, and Exploring Different Genres.

On completion of the video and the various activities each week, kids are encouraged to take Karen’s Story Challenge. They’ll get to chat with Karen on Zoom during our school holiday workshops, and they’ll be encouraged to submit their stories by the end of the year for publication on the website and in our annual paperback anthology.

Create your account by clicking the ‘Register Now’ button. Make your payment online or email your child’s NSW Creative Kids voucher and date of birth to us at [email protected] and we’ll send you a coupon to complete your enrolment.

Kids become part of our exclusive online club and can message each other and Karen on the Discussion Board or by posting in the Clubhouse. During the school holidays, Karen will run a special live Zoom workshop, giving every child personalised feedback on their writing. Our aim is that students will leave the program with improved writing skills, increased confidence, and an enduring love of language.

Contact us on [email protected].

Young Authors Club is only $97 for 12 months access or FREE with a NSW Creative Kids voucher.

Absolutely loving it!

Mali is 13 and he’s currently doing the Talented Kids program with Karen Hughes … He’s actually just signed up for the program for the third time. He’s loved it so much and got so much out of it. He’s absolutely loving writing every single week and seeing his writing develop and improve …
Jo Wise
Melbourne, VIC

Start your writing journey today!

We accept Creative Kids NSW Vouchers. Please email your voucher to [email protected], together with your date of birth, and we’ll send you a code to complete your enrolment.