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Literary Fiction Writing for Secondary School Students

Professional Development Hours: 2

***This PD will be recorded and available after the event.***

Date: Wednesday, 16th August, 2023

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm AEST (Please note this is Melbourne standard time)


  • Non-Member: $70
  • LDA Member: $50
  • LDA Student Member: $40

This webinar will focus on strategies to teach high school students how to write narrative texts using a
formula for a character-driven story where the focus is more on the thoughts and feelings of the
protagonist than the plot.

Participants will analyse a character-driven story and generate a character that can be promoted to
students in their class. The idea is to support students to construct a character that can be employed
across different plots and that can be developed over their high school years in increasingly
sophisticated ways.

A range of plots such as “rags to riches”, “overcoming adversity”, “acceptance and belonging” will be
examined to determine how each participants’ “generated” character can be incorporated into a plot
type within the “literary fiction” genre.

In addition, the essential language devices used to write narratives will be reviewed. These devices will
be organised by the “job” they do within a text:

  • Dynamic Action
  • Reflection and Planning
  • Orientation
  • Imagery
  • Emphasis
  • Connection
  • Specificity
  • Cohesion

The idea of using a “model” text to unpack these devices will also be explored.

Jenny Baker

Jenny is the founder of Fremantle Speech Pathology Services, a large private practice in WA. She holds a “Support and Development” role for over 35 Speech Pathologists who are all equipped to assess and treat children with Specific Learning Disorders and Developmental Language Disorders.

Jenny has such a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge regarding written language; she is
committed to employing highly explicit and evidence-based teaching strategies to ensure that workshop
participants have their learning goals met.

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