Two high school students looking at a computer screen display inside the Paintings from the Collection gallery

Creative writing adventures

Duration: 1.5 hours
Onsite excursion
Stage 4 Stage 5

For generations, writers have visited the State Library in search of inspiration for their work.


In this special creative writing experience, students will use the Library’s collections as a launching point for their own writing. As students tour the beautiful Library reading rooms and galleries, they will stop at designated points to engage in writing activities designed exclusively for this excursion. Devices will be used to compose each creative piece, which will then be collated electronically for students and teachers to share and revisit on their return to school.

Curriculum outcomes


EN4-ECA-01 creates personal, creative and critical texts for a range of audiences by using linguistic and stylistic conventions of language to express ideas 

EN4-ECB-01 uses processes of planning, monitoring, revising and reflecting to support and develop composition of texts 


EN5-ECA-01 crafts personal, creative and critical texts for a range of audiences by experimenting with and controlling language forms and features to shape meaning 

EN5-ECB-01 uses processes of planning, monitoring, revising and reflecting to purposefully develop and refine composition of texts 

Before you visit



Excursion Summary


$200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for groups of 16 – 30.


Monday - Friday during term time


1.5 hours

Minimum supervision ratio

Kindergarten – Year 2 - 1 adult per 5 students
Year 3 – Year 6 - 1 adult per 10 students
Secondary students - 1 adult per 20 students

State Library of New South Wales

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9273 1414