Story Sparks

Where do storytellers get their ideas?

Series 1 | Lesson 1

Creators | George Ivanoff & Nova Weetman

We’ll explore the ways that writers look for inspiration, how imaginations can be kick-started by even the smallest things, and answer a question writers get asked ALL the time – where do ideas come from?

Key Concepts:

  • How writers find story ideas
  • Where to look for story inspiration
  • What to write when you don’t know what to write about


  • How to approach a blank page
  • What to do when stuck for writing ideas and inspiration
  • How to use hobbies and surroundings to originate story concepts

Resources for Story Sparks

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students,

each with their own activities and supporting resources.

  • Tools to investigate their favourite things in the world
  • How to find inspiration through visuals and images in the world around you
  • Strategies to help spark the imagination
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"Engaging resources, nicely coloured, good explanations suited for the different age groups. I like that there are Middle Primary and Upper Primary versions."

- Karys, Secondary educator

About Story Sparks Creators

George is an author of award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for young kids, teens and adults, plus many school readers and educational books.

Writing about science fiction, fantasy, adventure, plus interactive stories, George has two children and an uncontrollable imagination.

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Nova is a writer of many shortlisted and award-winning books for younger readers, including The Secrets We Keep and Sick Bay.

Nova is a regular on ABC Radio talking about historic children’s books in Australia.

Her latest book The Jammer was released in October 2022.

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