Kids' Half-Term Creative Writing Workshops
Kids' Half-Term Creative Writing Workshops
23rd to 26th October 2018
Four new creative writing workshops for 8-11 year olds in Finchley, north London.
Over half-term I’m running a week of creative writing workshops for children aged 8-11, taking place from 10am-12pm Tuesday-Friday from 23rd to 26th October 2018. We’ll be foraging for story ingredients, diving under the surface of poetry, visiting alternative universes and writing pieces of flash fiction that crackle like fireworks.
These sessions will be held in small groups and are about fostering creativity, boosting confidence and having fun. We’ll write stories and poems as well as more unconventional forms, whether it’s a monster’s to-do list or a ship captain’s log. Every workshop will give children techniques for making their writing vivid, imaginative and engaging.
All workshops will run from 10am to 12pm at a well-appointed home in North Finchley. Full address on booking. Nearest tube: Woodside Park.
On this page you can book the workshops individually (£25) or as a block (£100). If booking individually, you can choose more than one workshop by adding them to your cart one at a time.
Please note this is a new booking system – 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, but if they forget, there will be paper and pens provided.
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, am 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.
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 Miriam's Mysterious Maps workshop this summer. After a few hours with Miriam, he couldn't stop talking about the worlds he was creating, and how thrilling writing now seemed. She transformed writing from something that was a chore into something that was 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
Tuesday 23rd October: Pick ‘n’ Mix Stories
First, we’ll forage for ingredients – main characters, names, lines of dialogue, pictures. 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 unexpected, wacky ideas.
***Please note: there are very few places left on Tuesday’s workshop, so please check with me before booking.***
Wednesday 24th October: Under the Surface – 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.
Thursday 25th October: 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’s deciding what choices to throw at your readers! Create your own ‘decision tree’ with which you can 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.
Friday 26th October: Flash Fiction – 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. A piece of flash fiction can contain everything you’d get in a longer story – character, conflict, imagery, twists and turns – but concentrated into a tiny space. They’re fun to read and write, and are great for learning how to edit your own work.