Stella Schools Intensive writer in Residence program
Term 2 has seen the inaugural Stella Schools Writer in residence program at the Mac.Rob. This an LRC lead collaboration with the English faculty where we offered a scholarly approach to students interested in the craft of writing. The process began late last year where various options were considered in selecting the most apt writer in residence program. The Stella Schools program was stood out for a number reasons. Principally, The Stella Prize itself seeks to address the gender imbalance in published authors. The prize is highly academic and well regarded in the publishing world. The schools program was selected as a perfect fit with our highly able students. From my point of view as English teacher and librarian, this was the only choice. In consultation with the head of English Faulty, Chris Muir, we put in place a selection process that saw 41 applicants for a limited 20 place program. Emily Bitto was selected as the writer. She was awarded the Stella Prize in 2015 for her wonderful novel "The Strays". The sessions took place over two weeks and four sessions where a variety of creative writing activities and drafting were completed by the students. Sharing and collaboration of ideas and techniques formed a large part of this process. The completed work was compiled and edited into an EBook that is now published and available on the LRC catalogue. Support for this program is clearly strong so the LRC will offer this as an annually extension and enrichment opportunity for our students.
Please follow the link below to read their completed works.
Completed student writing Stella Schools Intensive
Head of Library