Things That Go Bump in the Night with Jo Henwood
Years 3 and 4: Language and Literature
UNAVAILABLE IN TERM 2
To chill the blood when darkness falls is one of the great rewards of story making. Do you want to use your words to drive your readers mad with fear, to stretch their nerves with suspense and make them jump with shock? Then you want to write stories of ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night.
Ghost stories are so much more than a “Boo!” scene. For the one who is haunted, it is a mystery. Who is this ghost and what is it trying to achieve? Is it vengeance, a caution or a threat? How will the haunted and the haunter transform each other? Can a ghost story ever have a happy ending? Inspired by classic ghost stories such as Charles Dickens’ The Signalman and Oscar Wilde’s, The Canterville Ghost, students will write their own ghost story; considering characters, motivations, transformations, structuring the rising tension and choosing the most atmospheric and tantalising words…. If they dare!
Jo is an Accredited Storyteller with the NSW Storytelling Guild. She is also an Education Officer, museum theatre creative, public speaker, and the co-founder of the Australian Fairy Tale Society. Jo has a Master of Cultural Heritage and qualifications in library science, museum studies, tour guiding and gifted education.