Story Ground for Secondary Students

Course summary

DatesCourse Closed
Duration3 Days
Delivery On-Campus


Story Ground for Secondary Students is an exciting creative writing course for students in years 10, 11 and 12.  All students are welcome, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to attend.  The course offers a safe and supportive environment for the creation of new ideas and works. Students will be guided by Dr Paul Collis, author of Dancing Home, to understand how Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and valuing are connected to story. Students may choose to work with story in a variety of ways, through oral, written or visual modes.


Students will have the opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Paul Collis and Ms Andi Stapp-Gaunt in the creation of works that reflect their engagement with Aboriginal ways of thinking, knowing, being and valuing.




This course is open to all interested year 10, year 11 and year 12 students

Interested Teachers/Schools

If you are a teacher interested in attending or would like to bring a cohort of students, please get in touch with us at


2nd, 3rd & 4th of December



Course Information

Course requirements

  • Students are required to bring their own notebook and pen
  • Please bring a packed lunch and water

Start time

10am - 2.30pm

Course duration

3 days

Delivery modes



Certificate of Participation awarded on completion

Meet your Presenter

Dr Paul Collis

Paul Collis is a Barkindji man, born in Bourke in far western NSW on the Darling River.  Paul worked in Newcastle for much of his young adult life in the areas of teaching and in Aboriginal community development positions.  He has taught Aboriginal Studies to Indigenous inmates at the Worimi and Mount Penang juvenile detention centres and in Cessnock and Maitland prisons.  Paul has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a doctorate in Communications.  He lives in Canberra and works as a Creative Writing academic at the University of Canberra.  Dancing Home is his first novel and won the national 2016 David Unaipon Award for a previously unpublished writer.

Ms Andi Stapp-Guant

Andi is PhD student in the Faculty of Arts and Design. Her creative writing thesis is focused on interspecies relations and she uses Indigenous methodologies to guide her research.  Andi has a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide.  She is an English teacher for the ACT Education Directorate and collaborates on projects at the University of Canberra.  Andi loves non-human animals, and her creative stories are inspired by the natural and supernatural worlds.

Related Degrees

Course CodeAward
ARB001 Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)
ABR002Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Heritage)

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