Place & Time

All about story setting

Series 3 | Lesson 3

Creators | Elise Hurst & Kirli Saunders

In this lesson, Elise and Kirli will explore the when and where of our stories. And they’ll give us some advice for creating authentic, vibrant story settings.

This lesson delves into one of the main story ‘building blocks’ – the setting. Students will learn the importance of giving their readers the ‘when’ and ‘where’ in stories, and will discover tools for creating rich and vivid story worlds in their written and illustrated works.

Key Concepts:

  • What is setting, and how do you decide the ‘when’ and ‘where’ of your story?
  • The importance of creating atmosphere and environment in your story.


  • Language tools for creating vibrant, interesting settings.
  • Setting in illustrated works.
  • How to convey mood, feeling and emotion through setting.

Resources for Place & Time

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students, each with their own activities and supporting resources.

Series 3 Lesson 3 resources on green background
  • An adjectives of place reference poster.
  • Worksheets that encourage students to explore different approaches to writing setting, including visual prompts.
  • Writing examples that model the worksheet tasks.
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About Place & Time Creators

Elise Hurst

Elise Hurst is an illustrator, fine artist and author, specialising in children's books.

Published both in Australia and internationally, her work travels around the world as cards, prints and books. And her fine art pieces and commissions have found their homes in corporate and private collections from Melbourne to London.

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Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders (OAM) is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning writer, multidisciplinary artist and consultant.

She’s partnered with global organisations, Google, Vogue, Fender, Qantas and Aesop to celebrate stories and cultivate change.

Her celebrated books among include ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’, ‘Our Dreaming’, ‘Bindi’, ‘Kindred’ and ‘Returning’ (2023, Magabala)

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