The End

Writing a satisfying wrap-up for your story

Series 3 | Lesson 4

Creators | Leanne Hall & Meg McKinlay

If we’re really invested in a story, everything leads to the story ending – and in this lesson, Leanne and Meg will explore ways to write them.

This lesson explores the art of writing story endings, and gives students some skills they need to plan satisfying conclusions for their stories. They will explore the different ways that stories can end, and will examine what makes a good and ‘bad’ story ending. Students will be challenged to think about their endings as ‘delivering on the promise of the story that came before it’.

Key Concepts:

  • What makes a good, satisfying story ending?
  • What is the purpose of a story ending, and what should it set out to achieve?


  • Techniques for writing good story ending.
  • Different ways a story can end, from happily ever afters to cliff-hangers.
  • Planting ‘story seeds’ for a well-planned, rewarding ending.

Resources for The End

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

Series 3 Lesson 4 resources on green background
  • A reference poster for students to identify the different kinds of story endings.
  • Imaginative worksheets to inspire experimentation with writing endings.
  • Activities that reinforce the importance of planning and ‘sowing the seeds’ of a story ending.
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About The End Creators

Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall is an is an award-winning Australian author for young adults and children.

Her debut novel, ‘This Is Shyness’, was the winner of the Text Prize for Children's and Young Adult Writing. Her novel ‘Iris and the Tiger’, won The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature. Her most recent YA novel, ‘The Gaps’, won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Adelaide Festival Award and the Ethel Turner Prize.

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Meg McKinlay

Emily Gale has worked as a children’s book editor, a book buyer for Readings, a reader for a literary agent, and a writer-in-residence in a high school library.

Her novels have been shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the WA Young People’s Literature Award, and the Aurealis Award.

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