A Thousand Words Student Writers’ Workshop

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
Wednesday 29 July 2020
1 hour
Session Offered
In partnership with WestWords, Sydney Living Museums is offering Stage 4 & 5 students the opportunity to connect with young writers and learn how to get started on their own historical fiction stories.  

Join a live webinar with Zoe Ghani and James Roy, get insights into the writing process and hear how Zoe responded to images from the A Thousand Words exhibition, then take part in a Q&A session. 

Zoe will discuss her personal experience as a commissioned author for the A Thousand Words exhibition and James Roy will discuss how to respond creatively to stimuli such as the historical images in the exhibition. 

Information for teachers

Bookings are available to classes only with a supervising teacher, and not to individual students. Teachers who have registered for their class to attend the workshop will receive a link 48 hours before the session commences. The link must not be shared with individual students and they will not be permitted to enter the virtual session as individuals. Teachers only will have access to the Q & A function on the webinar. 

About the presenters

Zoe Ghani

Zoe Ghani has two first names and two birthdays, but only one set of these is legal. This is not because she is a spy, but a result of her refugee experience.

Zoe has worked in technology for over a decade and loves to find commonalities between creative writing and creativity in tech.

She works as Chief Technology Officer at THE ICONIC and sits on the board of Australia for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Zoe’s first manuscript, Pomegranate and fig, was shortlisted for the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Authors, and won the 2018 WestWords Emerging Writers Award and the WestWords Fellowship Award.

James Roy 

James Roy is a writer and musician based in the Blue Mountains. Since 1996 he has published over thirty books for young people. His books have won the NSW Premier's Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), the NSW Premier's History Prize and the WA Premier's Book Award, and his short story collection Town was nominated for the prestigious German Youth Literature Prize in 2011. His books have twice been named CBCA Honour Books. He holds a Masters of Creative Writing from the University of Sydney.

A much sought after presenter, James travels locally and internationally to speak at schools and festivals about creative writing and storytelling.


To book this program, please contact SLM Bookings at +61 2 8239 2211 or email bookings@slm.com.au

Historical Fiction Writing Competition

For Stage 4 and 5 studens in NSW

Entries open, until 4 September 2020