Kids' Half-Term Creative Writing Workshops
Kids' Half-Term Creative Writing Workshops
Easter holidays 2019
Six fun creative writing workshops for 8-11 year olds in Finchley, north London.
Over the Easter holidays (2019) I’m running six creative writing workshops over two weeks for children aged 8-11, taking place from 10am-12pm. We’ll be creating new worlds, inventing our own monsters, exploring alternative universes, doing a lucky dip for story ingredients, and hunting for the most daring descriptions possible.
In the week of April 15th I’m also running three afternoon workshops for an older age group (12-14 year olds). Book for those here.
These holiday sessions will be held in small groups and are about fostering creativity, boosting confidence and having fun. Every workshop will give children techniques for making their writing vivid, imaginative and engaging. I love enthusing children with a passion for reading and writing stories!
All workshops will run from 10am to 12pm at a well-appointed home in North Finchley. Full address on booking. Nearest tube: Woodside Park.
Workshops are £25 each.
When booking, there’s a pop-up form you have to fill in before you can add an item to your cart. So that you only have to fill this in once, I’ve created options in the drop-down menu for buying any number of workshops in one go. If booking workshops in a block, remember to let me know on the form which ones you’re booking.
Hopefully this should make it as easy for you as possible! If you have any problems please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellations are possible up to two weeks before the date of the workshop, though there will be a £5 cancellation fee per workshop.
What to bring
Please have your child bring a small snack and drink for the 10-minute break. They should also bring their own pen and writing notebook.
Please make sure that any child who needs to carry an EpiPen, inhaler or other medication has it with them, otherwise they may not be able to take part in the workshop.
I’m a children’s writer and workshop leader who teaches creative writing to kids, in groups and one-to-one. My publishing credits include being one of the writers of My Golden Ticket, an award-winning personalised book published last year by Wonderbly. It tells the story of a child’s trip around Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and was published in partnership with the estate of Roald Dahl. I loved getting to build on the world Roald Dahl created in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’ve also written a children’s book for the fiction packager Working Partners, and written my own stories and poems for kids. Before that I studied English Literature at Cambridge.
If you have any questions, email me at email@example.com.
‘My son has always complained and struggled with creative writing for school, but he absolutely loved your Mysterious Maps workshop this summer. After a few hours with you, he couldn't stop talking about the worlds he was creating, and how thrilling writing now seemed. You transformed writing from something that was a chore into something that is an art.’
~ Elizabeth, Alexander’s mum
‘We all spoke very highly of your workshops afterwards, and Ricco thoroughly enjoyed himself. We’d certainly be keen to book again.’
~ Elizabeth, Ricco’s mum
‘Thanks for Friday – Arielle had a great time and would love to do it again. She said it felt like it only lasted about 10 minutes, which I took to mean it flew by as she was having so much fun. I loved that her story revolved around not just trampolining, but specifically trampoline socks!’
~ Peggy, Arielle’s mum
‘A big thank you to you; Maya had a great time every day of the workshop.’
~ Tina, Maya’s mum
Monday 8th April: Pick ‘n’ Mix Stories
First, we’ll forage for ingredients – main characters, names, and lines of dialogue. Then we’ll do a Lucky Dip, put our ingredients together and create fully fleshed-out adventures. Because of its mix ‘n’ match nature this workshop is different every time. It’s brilliant for practising story structure and for coming up with unusual story ideas.
Tuesday 9th April: Dare to Write Differently
We’ve all read stories where the main character’s heart beats like a drum or the baddie’s anger burns like fire. But original descriptions are much more exciting. In this workshop we’ll learn techniques for writing fresh, unusual descriptions – say, a voice that’s as soft as rabbit fur, or a detention worse than falling into a lake of lumpy porridge – to make our work really stand out.
Wednesday 10th April: Making Monsters
Monsters can take any shape; they can be baddies or goodies, funny or serious. In this workshop we’ll use play dough as inspiration to create monsters, each with their own strengths, history and scary features. We’ll write stories about how we overcame them – and then look at things from the monster’s point of view. This workshop is great for coming up with ideas and making your stories exciting.
Thursday 11th April: Choose Your Own Adventure
Choose Your Own Adventure books are fun to read because YOU get to decide what happens; even better to be the writer who decides what choices to throw at your readers! Create your own ‘decision tree’ and write a story that’s different for the reader every time. This workshop is great for learning about the butterfly effect, and thinking about how choices make characters who they are.
Monday 15th April: Sea Voyages, Experiments and Disguises
This workshop is about all the fun, juicy bits that make each genre what it is: the sea voyage in an adventure story, the experiments in science fiction and the disguises in mystery books and thrillers. Understanding genre can help us find more books we really want to read, and can help give us ideas for how to get started when it’s time to write.
Tuesday 16th April: Mysterious Maps
Maps have a fascinating history and can be works of art in themselves. As well as appearing in finished books, they’re a great way of starting stories; by building a rich world with its own rules, sights and sounds, possibilities emerge. We’ll look at a variety of real and fictional maps, create our own maps and then write the journey of a character moving through our imaginary world.