Do you spend ages mulling over words and sentences, in fear that they're not 'right' or that you can do better? Do you ever get frustrated with your work because it sounded better in your head?
We believe in building supportive relationships with the young writers in our workshops to give them space to feel safe expressing themselves--after all, creative writing workshops are all about learning to express ideas clearly and creatively!
We asked one of our Workshop Leaders, Feiya, about the connections she forms with the young writers in her workshops, and why they are so important in guiding kids along their writing journeys.
Have you ever listened to a child tell you a story that contains a million amazing ideas, but they don't quite fit together? Maybe you know adults with the same problem!
If our ideas are hard to follow, our audience will find it hard to enjoy the story. This is why it's important to structure our writing.
A well structured story:
As young writers become more confident, they can play with story structure (for example, by starting at the end). This can be a lot of fun! But it's still important to make sure all of the story elements are there, so that readers are never scrambling to fill in too many blanks.
How to help your child plan a well-structured story:
There are many ways you can do this, but here's one we use often!
Once they have their story idea, invite them to:
Then there is just one thing left to do: start writing the story!
Ria (Grade 3) used this prompt to a plan a story about her dog, Rex. Have a listen to her explaining her plan:
Ria turned her plan into a story by expanding her notes with details and descriptions. Read the finished story below!
Our studio space has always been bright, colourful, and full of little details that could spark an idea or a story. Having taught in lots of different spaces, we've seen what a difference this makes. It sets the tone for our workshops: you walk in and know you're in the creative zone! When we're in different spaces, such as a school classroom or online, we get extra creative to try and recreate this feeling.
9 August is Book Lovers Day, a highly prestigious day in everyone's calendar. It will come as no surprise that we love books at Creative Write-it, and our studio housed hundreds in our awesome bookshelves. We'd love to show you, but since we are all at home we'll just have to show you our bookshelves!
We asked our Workshop Leaders to share pictures of their bookshelves and something they love about them.
Read on to discover five things we love about our personal bookshelves.
Where young writers (and some older ones) write.