Student Workshops

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Sasha Wasley is a West Australian author of contemporary and young adult fiction. With a PhD in literature and a passion for children’s literacy, she has worked as a classroom facilitator with young people, adults and ESL students. Sasha offers exciting creative writing workshops for students in Perth and regional WA, providing virtual or in-person workshops and author visits. She will bring her knowledge of the writing craft to your primary or secondary or adult students, igniting their interest in creating strong, well-structured narratives, interesting characters and unique storylines.

The Workshops

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  • Ignite your Writing
  • Perfect Plotting
  • Compelling Characters
  • Being an Author
  • Publish a Book in a Term

Ignite your Writing

IgniteWriting prompts and creativity workshop.

Bust your writer’s block! In this 90 minute workshop, Sasha takes (up to 35) primary or secondary students through a tailored experience of fun and engaging activities to inspire creative processes. Students work in groups and independently. Includes:

  • Finding inspiration
  • Mind-mapping and storyboarding
  • Finding your focus
  • A writing ‘growth mindset’

Cost: $325 for 60 minute workshop (as per ASA Rates) 35 maximum. Enquire here.


Perfect Plotting

Understanding plot points and narrative structure.plotting

Do your stories have bewildering beginnings, muddled middles or flailing finishes? Over 90 minutes, Sasha uses familiar stories to get students recognising the shape of a narrative and identifying plot holes. Tailored to ability level from year 4 to year 12. Includes:

  • Know the difference between story, narrative and plot
  • Map the plot of a simple story
  • Create a plot in groups
  • Expect the unexpected: we know the rules, now let’s break them!

Cost: $325 for 60 minute workshop (as per ASA Rates) 35 maximum. Enquire here.


Compelling Characters

Creating well-rounded characters and discovering archetypes.

Are your characters flatter than Flat Stanley? Sasha takes an interactive approach tailored to the ability level of studentscompelling to build on their character development skills. Suitable for year 4 to year 12. Includes activities to help students understand and experiment with:

  • Flat vs rounded characters
  • Character arcs
  • How character and plot work together
  • Understanding archetypes
  • Traits, flaws and motivations

Cost: $325 for 60 minute workshop (as per ASA Rates) 35 maximum. Enquire here.


Being an Author

What it’s like being an author: the journey to getting published.author

Sasha gives students an insight into how she became an author, the different types of publishing, the ins and outs of editing, proofreading, cover design, typesetting, marketing, and more. From helping little ones understand what an author is to providing secondary students with an honest insider’s view of the publishing industry, this workshop can be adapted to suit all ages. Includes Q&A session.

Cost: $325 for 60 minute workshop (as per ASA Rates) 90 maximum. Enquire here.


Publish a Book in a Term

Publish your own class book to treasure forever.publish

Sasha can provide weekly workshops with one class across a whole school term, culminating in the production of a professionally bound paperback anthology of short stories and creative pieces for students to read with pride and families to treasure forever. This makes a wonderful keepsake or fundraiser for a graduating class. Works best with:

  • Graduating classes (e.g. Year 6)
  • Creative Writing Groups
  • Specialist Academic Classes (GATE/AE)

Students learn about:

  • Themes and developmental work
  • Story and character development
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Cover design
  • Formatting and production
  • Pre-press proofs
  • Marketing and sales/fundraising

Cost: $150 per week (20 students maximum; 8 x 45 minute writing sessions).*

*This cost includes time spent by Sasha outside the class sessions doing editing, formatting and producing the book through a print-on-demand service. Does not include the cost of proofs or book orders. Books will cost approximately AU$20 each shipped (cost-price), depending on quantities ordered, and teachers can set the book price for fundraising purposes. The school will retain copyright and printing login details to alter/order books. Sessions can be conducted during or after school time.

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Extended Sessions

  • 90 minute session (any of the above): $450

Multiple 60-Minute Sessions

  • Add a 2nd session on the same day total: $425
  • Add a 3rd session on the same day total: $625

Half or Full Days

  • Half day fee (2x 60 minute workshops): $450
  • Full day fee (3x 60 minute workshops): $650

Fees are calculated based on the recommendation of the Australian Society of Authors.


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