Creative Writing Workshops
These are a selection of workshops which can be adapted to run as half, one-day or a series of events, tailored to suit the age group.
They are designed to stimulate and engage children in order to inspire them to enjoy writing.
- Greek myths (Midas, Odysseus and the Cyclops, Orpheus and Euridyce…)
- Creation stories (from Genesis to Egypt and beyond)
- Talk about Short! (Miniature stories)
- Smelly, tasty, gooey writing (effective description)
- The Hobbit – write like a film producer
- Poetry: write your own for Mother’s Day, on animals, school, transport, horror, limericks, haiku…
- School reports on famous people (research to writing) eg Charles Darwin : “I flunked school then I became famous”,Terry Deary, Laurie Lee, Roald Dahl …
- From pen(cil) to playscript
- A family biography or autobiography
- Bringing Shakespeare to life!
With drama, debate, media, research, letter-writing, diaries, magazine articles, newspaper headlines, fancy dress, with an optional school presentation and materials for display purposes.
Bringing Shakespeare to life!
Romeo & Juliet
The plot will be ‘discovered’ by the pupils throughout the workshop in serialised form, with opportunities to guess what happens next. Family trees will be issued.
- Invitations to the ball, RSVP
- The Ball: posters, costumes & masks, dance steps
- Love at first sight: text, tweet, What’sApp or FB
- Trade insults, Street mob, fight scene, duel, BBC News crew
- Juliet and her au-pair: Agony Aunt/ Uncle advice column, Juliet and her mother: magazine letters, Fathers! A Blog
- Arranged marriages – designed to last: debate
- Dilemma: to run or to stay, that is the question: peer advice, problem-solving, discussion.
- Smoke screens, potions, herbal remedies and science.
- Postal strike! Newsflash.
- Tragedy! Newspaper headlines, articles, BBC News
- Obituaries & Headstones
Optional extra: presentation to the school.
Help! How do I revise for my GCSE English?
Choose which workshop you need most…
Creative Writing : short stories, picture essays, descriptive writing
Non-fiction writing: information, advice, persuasion, argument
Writing Format: letters, speeches, articles
Excellent essay skills: what the examiners are looking for, how to structure an essay
Poetry Analysis: how to analyse poetry, revision templates
Unseen Poetry: what do I look for? How do I compare two poems?
Unseen prose: how to identify a writer’s use of structure and language techniques