‘So he left home – across the ditch sitting in a room of writers developing this pitch’ - Information & Cultural Exchange

‘So he left home – across the ditch sitting in a room of writers developing this pitch’

 

Last week twelve emerging screenwriters from culturally diverse backgrounds from across Western Sydney attended a Creative Writing Masterclass with Courttia Newland, an award winning British novelist and screenwriter from Jamaican and Bajan heritage. The one-day workshop was presented as a partnership between I.C.E. and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Courttia’s creative writing exercises helped emerging writers to develop character and emotionally-charged story plotting. Workshop participant, Danny Auma, summed up his experience in one of the creative writing exercises:

From the land of Samoa as natives
to the land of milk and honey, they migrated…
New Zealand. His parents worked
in factories as labourers, cleaners, and in turn –
they started a family in public state housing
4 kids later and a solid grounding
A New Zealand born Samoan kid founded –
A love for arts…
Traded this paper and pen for the rugby ball he used to pass
So he left home –
across the ditch
sitting in a room of writers developing this pitch

Danny Auma

This project was initiated and funded by the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) in partnership with Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE)

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