Workshops for Young People
StoryLab is Globe Town Project’s flagship program for young people. Our storytelling centre, based at Paper Bird Books in Fremantle, aims to inspire 8 to 16 year olds to find their creative voice by sharing ideas and stories.
Storytelling stimulates imagination, teaches empathy; provides emotional outlets and allows children and young people to explore feelings, hopes, fears and values.
Our workshops include creative writing, storytelling, performance poetry and MCing, cartooning and comic illustration, writing lyrics, comedy and plays.
StoryLab offers three development programs, each consisting of five group sessions with a professional mentor.
YOUNG WRITERS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Writing is a craft. In this series emerging writers receive tips on perfecting style, editing work and improving the flow of a story. Mentored by a professional writer participants see their work published at the program’s end.
SPOKEN WORD WARRIERS
Words are powerful. Participants in this workshop learn to use rhythm, rhyme, improvisation and word play to pack a poetic punch! Spoken Word Warriors is led by internationally published author, spoken word poet and poetry slam champion, Maddie Godfrey.
COMIC BOOK DETECTIVES
Young illustrators combine comic art and creative writing skills to create attention grabbing storylines and endings with a BANG! Comic book artist, Soolagna Majumdar, helps participants develop skills and confidence to create their own comic book, panel by panel.
Our work at Story Lab is guided by these aims and objectives:
- Young people take the lead
- Professional writers and artists design and deliver our workshops
- We work in partnership with schools and teachers
- We aim to share, publish and produce as much of our participants’ work as we can, as often as we can
- Story Lab is a space in the heart of the Fremantle community where creativity can flourish
Our model is based on a number of creative writing centres worldwide, including 826 Valencia in San Francisco, Ministry of Stories in London and the Sydney Story Factory.