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.
Our online workshops are not much different to our studio workshops! When they enter the Online Studio, our young writers they can find their workshop links, contact their Workshop Leaders directly, share stories, read studio updates, and support each other. Then, once the session begins, they split off into Story Writng Clubs or Writing Mentorship sessions with their Workshop Leaders.
During the workshops, we write (obviously!), but we also encourage discussion to keep the space lively and fun. We talk about books, each other's stories, writing tips, and anything else that comes to mind, just like we would in the physical studio. We also dedicate time in each workshop for sharing work and and providing feedback to each other.
Our Workshop Leaders have each created a space in their homes where they feel comfortable, focussed and inspired - so they can pass this on when they're teaching! Sunlight, quiet, and books are common elements in these spaces.
Similarly, we encourage our young writers to make the space their own, as we always have. Instead of grabbing a cushion, a toy, or a specific pencil, they now set up their own spaces at home, have special backgrounds or avatars, and can choose to communicate by speaking, typing into the chat, or in their documents.
What does your physical and online writing space look like?
Does the look and feel of a space help you to be more creative?
Where young writers (and some older ones) write.