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
Oct 2014

Fun Writing Lessons from the Writer’s Festival 2014

Blind writing,
 Kathleen Thomas
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?

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

For your eyes only, Kathryn Muir
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! Bernie Gibney
Do you hate being called on to speak in public? Would you like the know the secret to doing impromptu speeches?

I Spy, Guerilla Poetry and Show and Don’t Tell, Jess Yu
Guerilla Poetry: Desecrating poetic form; graffitying and mutilating sacred poetic texts.
I Spy: Learn how to eavesdrop on other people as “research” for writing dialogue.
Show and (don’t) tell: The art of showing off places, people and ideas in your prose.

Interviewing Sportspeople, Brendan Bailey
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!

It’s Classified, Sue Mitchell
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.

Message in a bottle, Sue Mitchell
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 Books, Don Laurence
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, Elise Schultz
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, Louise Figueiredo
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, Glenda and Kymberly
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?

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

So you think you’re funny? How to write parody. Hannah Williams
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! Mario Pinti
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, Rae Carter
Come on a writing adventure of time and distance. Can Maths save you?

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

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.

Unlock the mystery of horror, Richard Jones
‘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 Portraits, Jill La Salle
One for the artists! Mix art, portraiture, and writing in this newly released session.


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