St Joseph's Primary School Laurieton students attend Litfest2444

Enthusiasm: Tash Hodgkinson, Jack Kirk, Lara Novella, Matthew Nicola and Chelsie
Enthusiasm: Tash Hodgkinson, Jack Kirk, Lara Novella, Matthew Nicola and Chelsie Ashcroft.

Laurieton students stretched their creative writing wings at LitFest2444 on Thursday, June 6.

The Port Macquarie event was open to students from across the Port Macquarie-Hastings and gave them the opportunity to ignite their individual creativity using written, spoken, visual and digital platforms.

St Joseph's Primary School Laurieton Year 6 students Lara Novella, Tash Hodgkinson, Chelsie Ashcroft, Jack Kirk and Matthew Nicola attended several writing workshops.

LitFest2444 is normally for high school students only, however the five local youngsters were invited because of their passion for writing.

Lara Novella said the event gave her the chance to explore what high school will be like.

"Being here with my friends and a lot of other kids who love writing like us was really fun," she said.

Matthew Nicola said the sessions were very creative.

"The fact is that there's something for everyone, it's really great," he said.

"I'm enjoying the fan-fiction class because I've read a lot of it and want to write it in the future."

St Joseph's Primary School Laurieton teacher Jessica Watts said the children love writing stories and they jumped at the opportunity to attend the event.

"They've loved every minute of the workshops, but being at high school has really opened their eyes too."

Now in its third year, LitFest2444 is open to students from state and independent schools and over 500 attended from across the Mid North Coast and Hunter region.

The 2019 program's comprised 31 expert tutors who staged 25 workshops on such diverse subjects as creative writing, filmmaking, podcasting, animation, and performance.

As well as inspiring youthful creativity, LitFest2444 is designed to build confidence and boost academic outcomes - particularly for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

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