CHILDREN from across the Hunter are being given the chance to "think about being creative" as a result of the Newcastle Writers Festival kids' program, organisers said.
The children's section of the festival has been running since Wednesday and will continue with events until tomorrow.
About 1700 children are expected to participate across the three school days, many from schools in Port Stephens, Maitland and Stockton.
Carol Edmonds from Newcastle Library is one of the program organisers, and said children had been "overwhelmed" by the breadth of it.
"The reaction has been fantastic, I think kids have really responded well.
"It really is a great opportunity to meet real authors, engage in the workshops, and have access to these things they normally wouldn't," she said.
She said seeing authors as accessible is a positive experience because it shows the possibilities of being a creative person.
On Wednesday, Newcastle illustrator Liz Anelli held a class promoting the fun of creating their own illustrations, and yesterday children's authors including Aaron Blabey and Tristan Bancks did readings.