NEW! Drop Down Now Included In Vertex

This month another new addition to the Vertex Framework is the S5 Ultimate Drop Down. This is a feature that was seen in several Shape 5 designs. Many have asked how to add to other designs so we decided to build this into the framework so every design here on out will have this functionality. Be sure to read more about this new feature here: Features:

  • Customize almost everything! Shadows, borders, gradient, opacity
  • Contains 6 module positions drop_down_1, drop_down_2, drop_down_3, drop_down_4, drop_down_5 and drop_down_6
  • Auto adjust to the height of your content
  • Set your own open and close text
  • And many more features!
Open Panel
Jan 2013

The second Buckley Park College Writers’ Festival will be held on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th September.

Please click on the following links to choose your sessions. Please avoid choosing the same sessions as last year – try something new!

Year 7 Student Preference Form

Year 8 Student Preference Form

Year 9 Student Preference Form

Year 10 Student Preference Form


Session descriptions (alphabetical):


100 Wonderful Words

Words are wonderful and when we’re writing we can’t waste them. Learn how to write a ripper story using just 100 wonderful words. There’s no room for waffling in this session.


Bad Science!

Did you know that 79% of statistics are made up on the spot? Or that this workshop can CURE your baldness? Learn how to sniff out bad and outrageous claims of scientific proof in the world around you, and to master your own knowledge of the truth!


Create your own fantasy world

Fantasy writing has the power to take us into another world. In this session, you’ll get a chance to create your own Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts or Westeros!


Create your own zine!

Join the underground community of zinesters, as you create and publish your own zine.


‘Delicious’ Sports Commentary

Jesaulenko, you beauty…. Leo Barry you star!! Centimetre perfect! Do you think you are the next Bruce McAvaney? Or have you dreamt of wearing the cream, the bone, the white, the off-white, the ivory, or the beige like Richie Benaud? Then this session is for you! COme and put your skills to the test and see who has the next set of golden tonsils.


Food writer

We are dishing the dirt on being a food critic. Use your senses to be the next Matt Preston.


For Your Eyes Only – Journalling

Sure you’ve got a bestie you can tell everything to – but what about all these inner thoughts you’ve never shared? Journaling isn’t about what happened today – it’s putting your thoughts and memories down for posterity – and in the meantime you’ll feel better for it!


Get on your soapbox! Impromptu Speeches

Do you hate being called on to speak in public? Would you like the know the secret to doing impromptu speeches?


Guerrilla Poetry

Desecrating poetic form; graffitying and mutilating sacred poetic texts.


I Spy

Learn how to eavesdrop on other people as “research” for writing dialogue.


Interviewing sportspeople

Interviewing sportspeople takes a particular person with a particular set of skills. If you’ve ever dreamed of chatting with your favourite footballer, netballer or synchronized swimmer, but weren’t sure how to do it, this workshop is for you!


Is The Force With You? Science Fiction Writing

Science-fiction; SF; Hard sci-fi; space opera. Star Wars; Dune; Excession; Revelation Space; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Star Trek; Dr. Who. Arthur C Clarke; Isaac Asimov; Frank Herbert. Tomorrow or the far future. Earth or Epsilon Eridani. Human or alien. Faster-than-light travel. Teleportation. Science fiction: realise the limitless possibilities of your imagination.


It’s classifed!

To grab attention, the fewer words, the better! Explore the power of a headline, great for posts! Find your neighbour’s dog, sell your bike, make a wanted poster, advertise an event, meet that cutie, put out a bulletin – be serious or funny – it’s up to you.


Lights, Camera, Action!

Learn how scripts are structured and stories are told in the exciting world of film and television. Have a go yourself with some super scriptwriting!



When the world of numbers meets the magic of words the results is a carnival of excitement and memories forever. Be there or be²


Message in a Bottle  

Imagine writing a short note to no-one in particular, leaving your contact details, and then tossing it into the ocean to see what will happen. What would you write? Who might pick it up? And how many years later?


Mighty Mini Blockbuster Books

Make your very own mini book. Your own take anywhere wallet sized surprise. Impress your family or friends. Action, mystery or even love in its most pure form.


Newspaper poetry

The news is factual. Poetry needn’t be. Can you find the right words to turn a news story into an epic piece of poetry?


Pavement Poets

The enchantment of graffiti, poetry and lyrics and the power of the pavement make this session a must for the budding artist and writer!


Review Writing and Blogging

Fancy being a brilliant blogger? Like to review book, movies and music? Then come along to learn about the art of a review; and who knows, perhaps your work can be published in this session?


Roll the Dice

Roll the dice to access your creative writing skills!


Scot Gardner Writing Workshop

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to work with renowned author Scot Gardner. Keen writers wanted!


Show and (don’t) Tell

The art of showing off places, people and ideas in your prose.


Slam Poetry

Poets, lyricists, performers and MCs needed! Find out about Slam Poetry and give it a go yourself in our very own slam poetry competition!


Smok’d with Bloody Execution

An introduction to Shakespeare.


So, you think you’re Funny?! How to write parody

Are you sick of the same old pop songs that all sound the same or tired of hearing the same repetitive lines on generic Soap Operas? Why not write something new in this PARODY workshop! Come along and explore all the hidden secrets on creating a hilarious spin on a well known song or TV show.


Stop the presses!

The excitement, madness, rush and exhilaration of the newspaper newsroom comes your way in Stop the Presses! Take a look at the world of journalists and the work they do to bring us the news.


Story graphs

Come on a writing adventure of time and distance. Can Maths save you?


Story cubes

Roll the dice to access your creative writing skills!


The Boggle Championships

Let’s boggle. Use your knowledge of words and get your game on. A fast action packed exciting game that will thrill you. Amaze everyone with the knowledge of word power!


The Giant Scrabble Challenge

Fancy yourself a scrabble champ? Come and test your skills in some scrabble team challenge games – words with friends.


The Hero’s Journey

What do The Wizard of Oz, The Matrix and Harry Potter movies all have in common? The Hero’s Journey! Come and learn how to structure your own masterpiece.


The Magnificent World of Infographics

They can be about World War One or One Direction, Leonardo da Vinci or Leonardo DiCaprio. They’re informative, fun and well-designed. They’re infographics!


The Writer’s Journey

Master storytellers have used mythic structure to create many of the most powerful stories found in literature and film. In this workshop you’ll learn how to recognise the characters and plots that follow this pattern – and to use it to create some stories of your own.


Unlock the mystery of horror

‘It was cold. The darkness around me felt damp and I shivered. My heart began to beat faster as I walked towards her.’ What happens next? Learn to write a scary story in one period.


Word Nerds

Experience a world of words that you never knew existed. Team battle it out to become the BPC Word Nerd 2014!


Word Portraits

One for the artists! Mix art, portraiture, and writing in this newly released session.


Wordy Fun

Up for a challenge? Like to play games? Then come along to this celebration of all things written!


Writing Blind

This workshop focuses on how to use your senses to develop your descriptive writing. We rely heavily on our eyesight to help us understand the world. How will experiencing the world without your eyes help you to become a more expressive writer?


Writing for Voice

Ever wanted to be on stage, tv, radio or webcast? Then this session is for you! Learn to use your voice effectively across all mediums.

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Inspiring Quotes

  • "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."

    - W. Somerset Maugham

  • "Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else."

    - Gloria Steinem
  • "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

    - Ernest Hemingway
  • "I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering."

    - Robert Frost
  • "Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift. It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone."

    - Amy Tan
  • "Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet."

    - Unknown
  • "When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature."

    - Ernest Hemingway
  • "You fail only if you stop writing."

    - Ray Bradbury
  • "My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living."

    - Anais Nin

How To Submit Your Work

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