Narrative Workshop Program

This workshop aims to teach children how to develop their oral narrative and writing skills. They will learn about story grammar elements such as character, settings, plan and action, and then use these elements to develop both oral and written narratives. The workshop uses modeling, story retelling and story generation to help children practice foundational literacy skills. The use of visuals to teach each element of an oral narrative is fun and engaging in a group setting. Children are encouraged to share their ideas with their peers. Evidence has shown a strong link between oral narratives and written expression.

This group is ideal for those children between the ages of 7 and 11 who are having difficulties with confidently retelling and writing stories.

It is likely that our next group will be held in the January School Holidays.  This will be based on the Covid 19 situation in NSW.  We'll update the dates here once we have finalised the dates/times of the group. Please email us to express an interest and we will contact you once the dates are confirmed.

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3 Sessions for $450
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Group Goals

  • Increased confidence with developing an oral narrative
  • Identification and use of story grammar elements
  • Retell familiar stories including key details
  • Describe the macrostructure of a story
  • Develop and apply techniques to improve microstructures of a story
  • Develop characters in their stories
  • Develop settings in their stories
  • Developing ‘take off’ in their stories



Evidence suggests that students will experience difficulties writing a story if they have difficulties formulating an oral narrative. The macrostructure of a story looks at developing the students awareness and use of story grammar elements within a narrative. It looks at developing elements such as characters, settings, plans, actions and complications.


The microstructure of a story looks at the use of grammar, vocabulary and sentence complexity and accuracy within a story. Once students are able to orally form a narrative, they will be given the ‘tools’ to help develop certain elements further through the use of adverbial phrases, adjectives, similes, power of 3 sentences and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Where is the group held?
All group sessions are held at our clinic in Lane Cove. We have a variety of purpose-built therapy rooms that are spacious, colourful and engaging for learning. Families are encouraged to congregate in the clinic waiting area approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. The speech pathologist facilitating the group will meet families there, and accompany them to the appropriate room. The address of the clinic is: Ground Floor, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove, 2066, NSW.
2What happens if I miss one of the sessions?
All group programs are designed so that a session can be missed without hindering future sessions. However, if you are unable to attend, we do appreciate 24 hours notice so that the facilitator can plan accordingly. Unfortunately we cannot provide a refund for missed group sessions.
3How do I pay?
All group sessions are paid for in advance. Our front desk team will provide you details on how to pay to secure your spot.
4What qualifications do the staff have?
All group programs are facilitated by certified practicing speech pathologists.
5Do parents need to stay?
No. Parents are welcome to stay for the first few minutes of the session, however we generally find that children are more involved in group activities when parents are not present. There are plenty of shops and cafes in the local area that we encourage parents to explore while they wait. Families are also welcome to pass the time in our clinic waiting area, offering a small selection of magazines, books and toys.
6What do I need to bring?
Nothing! All resources for the group program will be provided by Sydney Speech Clinic. Children are welcome to bring a water bottle into the therapy room.
7Do groups replace one to one sessions?
No. One-to-one sessions are intensive, individualised, and tailored specifically to the needs of the client. Group sessions are seen as ‘boosters’ or supplementation to one-on-one therapy, and should not be used as a replacement in most cases.