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Writing Workshop – October 24th 2018

Today I held another of my FREE writing workshops for children during half term. We looked at creating stories using emotion. I sparked off their creative juices by thinking of scenarios where they felt different emotions and we brainstormed the physical and internal  reactions to different events.


The children were aged between 9 to 14 years old and worked extremely hard on the exercises. Everyone shared a piece of writing and the standard was high.

We payed special attention to the events leading up to an emotional response showing a build up of emotion and going through a variety of emotions. It was fun to hear the children’s writing on how they would feel if they accidentally smashed their phone or if they found a million pounds in a bag like in Frank Cottrell Boyce’s, Millions.


We went on to do exercises in how we use the senses to convey emotions and how we can use dialogue to show emotion. I packed a lot into the one and half hour slot.

We have pencilled in another workshop for the February half term so I am looking forward to doing another workshop then.

Creative Writing Workshop

I am teaching another FREE creative writing workshop at Newbury Library this half-term. It is aimed at children between the ages of 10 to 16 years. There are only 25 places so booking is essential.

Creative Writing Oct 18 2018I have run similar workshops last year, and during the spring and summer half-terms this year. They have taken place at both Theale and Newbury libraries. These fun workshops have been very successful and quickly get over-subscribed.