Young Writers'

Young Writers’ StorySchool is a video online writing masterclass for kids age 10-14 with bestselling author, Tristan Bancks, guiding you through the creative process of storytelling.

What is Young Writers' StorySchool?

StorySchool is 24×3-minute videos with activity sheets and teachers’ notes to supercharge the writing process in the classroom or, for keen young writers, at home. Each video covers an aspect of the writing process, shows how author Tristan Bancks does it, using pictures, video, music, maps and other tools to bring the process to life, and then sets a challenge for the young writer. It is a system for encouraging more authentic, personal and detailed writing that young people care about and teachers love to read.
The StorySchool method is an active, outdoor, visual, aural, tech-infused writing adventure. It’s about seeing, hearing and feeling a piece of writing, making it personal. It’s an approach proven by Tristan in the writing of his award-winning books and by the tens of thousands of students who have taken his workshops since 2008.

Throughout this course you will discover how Tristan:

  • Incorporates writing into his every day
  • Uses vision boards and music playlists for inspiration
  • Breaks down writers block and sparks new ideas
  • Builds characters from real-world interactions
  • Drafts and rewrites his stories till they shine
  • Goes on story safaris to trigger the creative process
  • Uses devices as tools to inspire himself and reluctant writers

Course Contents

The Young Writers' Story School course is delivered in three segments; Hatch, Fly and Soar.
  • Hatch gets students started on the right path with their story generation.
  • Fly focuses on writing and drafting and introduces new ways to think about the writing process.
  • Soar takes their writing to the next level by offering advanced techniques for rewriting and editing.

Course contents

Tristan Bancks

Children's and Teen Author, Screenwriter, Speaker
Tristan Bancks tells stories for page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall,  Detention and the Tom Weekly series. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. It also won the YABBA and KOALA Children’s Choice Awards, as did his latest thriller, The Fall. Detention is about a daring escape from an immigration detention centre and a lockdown in a school. Tristan is a Room to Read writer-ambassador. He is excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. Discover more at

Testimonials on Tristan's Talks and Workshops

I thought Tristan was fantastic. If I was a kid I would want to read all of his books. He really appealed to kids in a contemporary manner, talking about electronic devices and how he uses them to help his writing. I thought that his idea of writing and taking pictures outdoors to develop character and setting could be easily transferred to the our writing lessons.
A. Barnett
Teacher Librarian, Mentone Grammar
The use of interactive media with video and sound was outstanding and catered to a range of learners particularly the male students. We were pleased that Tristan’s passion for writing was passed onto our students and assisted in their assessment task.
Merrimac State High School
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