Worawa Aboriginal College Writing Residency

One of the many benefits of the partnership between the Epic Good Foundation and Hawthorn Football Club are the ongoing opportunities to work alongside various Indigenous organisations.

Dr Anita Heiss, Epic Good Foundation Manager and Lifetime Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), approached Hawthorn Football Club with an initiative to facilitate a week-long writing residency for a group of students at the Worawa Aboriginal College. The idea was born from a similar project that Anita ran in conjunction with the Big River Hawks in 2016.

Students of Worawa Aboriginal College hard at work writing their own stories with inspiration from the Big River Hawks' Shock 'Em.

Hawthorn Football Club was delighted to be able to contribute to the program by assisting in the engagement of Indigenous personality, Shelley Ware, who is widely recognised as the face of the Marngrook Footy Show. Amongst other endeavours, Shelley coordinates a literacy intervention program at a Melbourne primary school.

The Worawa writing residency allowed both Anita and Shelley to connect with the girls as they delivered a masterclass on storytelling, writing and the endless opportunities that are born from strong literacy skills. As part of the ILF's publishing program the week-long workshop will culminate in the publication of an anthology composed entirely of stories written by the girls at Worawa Aboriginal College, launching during Indigenous Literacy Day on 5 September 2018.

Anita Heiss leading an activity to encourage descriptive language.

Staff members from Hawthorn Football Club graciously accepted an invitation to attend the morning session of day three to experience first hand the great work that was being created within the classroom. Girls were taken through a number of exercises designed to help them describe the world in which they live and were introduced to techniques allowing them to take readers on a journey through their writing. Of note was a session focussed on sacred places, and how each person has their own significant place in the world.

Taking part in a sensory activity to learn how to describe something without using sight.

Shelley Ware describing her sacred place.

The workshop shows just how significant the partnership between Hawthorn Football Club and the Epic Good Foundation is. Worawa Aboriginal College embraces the positive influence that football has on their students’ lives and embraces the opportunities that stem from the club’s partnerships with various Indigenous organisations.

Anita Heiss with proud Worawa authors.

The club would like to acknowledge and thank the contribution that Anita and Shelley have made in coordinating and delivering this program as it provided another opportunity for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Worawa Aboriginal College to make a positive impact on the lives of young Indigenous women.

Future Worawa authors wearing their Indigenous Literacy Foundation t-shirts.

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