Kids' Summer Holiday Creative Writing Workshops
Kids' Summer Holiday Creative Writing Workshops
Summer holidays 2019
Ten fun creative writing workshops for 8-11 year olds in Finchley, north London.
If booking multiple workshops or for more than one child, please read the ‘How to Book’ section, below.
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Over the summer holidays (2019) I’m running ten 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.
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.
How to Book ***PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE BOOKING***
The workshops on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th July are now full so please don’t book for them.
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 per child, I’ve created options in the drop-down menu for buying various numbers of workshops in one go. For example, if booking three workshops for two different children, select ‘Any three workshops’. Then fill in the form for Child 1, add it to your cart, then repeat for Child 2. You can then buy both sets of three workshops in one transaction If booking workshops in a block in this way, remember to let me know on the pop-up form which ones you’re booking.
If you have any problems please email me at email@example.com.
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 in 2017 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘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
‘Thomas was worried a creative writing workshop would feel like a lesson, but he found the content very funny and entertaining. He came out bursting with energy and very proud of what he'd written, and I think we've seen an improvement in his school writing since he's been back at school. Thank you.’
~ Sophie, Thomas’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
****SOLD OUT**** Monday 29th July: 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.
****SOLD OUT**** Tuesday 30th July: What If Your Dog Could Talk?
Animals have strong and varied personalities: just imagine what a dog might say if it saw someone open a packet of crisps. We’ll choose animals that are full of personality and ‘translate’ each of their traits to create funny human characters. Then we’ll put our characters in difficult situations and write stories to see how they cope.
Wednesday 31st July: Poems About Your Favourite Things
In his famous song ‘You’re the Top’ Cole Porter uses interesting metaphors to tell someone they’re great. We’ll come up with our own updated metaphors – ‘You’re honey on toast, you’re a million hits, / You’re a dip at the coast, you’re juice without bits’ – and then make them into fun rhyming poems.
Thursday 1st August: Big Stories In Tiny Packages
Sometimes the idea of writing a whole story is intimidating. Much easier if you know you only need to write 300, 100, or even 50 words. Flash fiction contains everything you get in a longer story, but concentrated in a tiny space. They’re fun to read and write, and are great for learning how to include exciting twists.
Friday 2nd August: 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.
Monday 5th August: Marvellous 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.
Tuesday 6th August: Teeny Tiny Poetry
As well as being quick and easy to write, haiku help us notice the details in the world around us – and details make for rich, vivid writing. We’ll take inspiration from nature and from our own lives to write tiny poems with big-hitting power.
**CHECK BEFORE BOOKING, NEARLY SOLD OUT** Wednesday 7th August: 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! 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 create characters.
Thursday 8th August: Yucky Stuff Workshop
Wriggling worms, mouldy bread and toenail clippings… In this workshop we’ll learn five techniques for writing the most vivid, yucky descriptions possible. Our writing will put all sensible adults off their lunch – and be impressive literary works.
Friday 9th August: Rainbows and Dynamite - Emotion in Poetry
Really good poetry isn’t just about interesting language and clever ideas – it makes us feel something. It’s also easier to write a poem when you feel something about your subject. We’ll use our own memories and experiences to write poems that really get under your skin. This workshop is great for learning about metaphor and how to ‘show not tell’ in your writing.