English mentoring boosts HSC extension students

Published 06 June 2011

MentoringHSC extension English students from a number of schools in the northern region received a boost from mentors in UNE’s School of Arts when they came together for intensive writing workshops in May.

The workshops have been offered annually by UNE’s School of Arts as part of a program called ‘UNE Mentor’. The program aims to help students undertaking the extension 2 English unit, an optional area of the HSC syllabus which offers very able students the chance to undertake their own projects in creative writing or critical response.

The workshops supplement on-line mentoring, which is available throughout the period in which students are writing and preparing their projects for submission. In particular, the workshops enabled students to move ahead by helping with structuring issues, by discussing areas of craft such as character and plot and by offering individual advice. Students then had some time to put their knowledge into practice by working on their projects.

Conducted by School of Arts PhD students Julie Hawkins and James Vicars, the workshops were attended by students from Bellingen High School, Grafton High School, The Armidale School, Glen Innes High School and Tamworth’s McCarthy Catholic College.