Kids' Half-Term Creative Writing Workshops
Kids' Half-Term Creative Writing Workshops
Half term - 18th to 22nd February 2019
Five 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, Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February 2019. We’ll be examining the world through a microscope, visiting alternative universes, doing a lucky dip for story ingredients, and hunting for the most daring descriptions possible.
On Tuesday 19th I’m also running a one-off afternoon workshop for an older age group (11-13 year olds). Book for that here.
These holiday classes 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.
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, whether it’s two, three, four or five. 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 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 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 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
Monday 18th February: Car Chases, Experiments and Disguises
This workshop is about genre and all the fun, juicy bits that make each genre what it is: the car chase in an action story, the technology in sci-fi and the blow-out row with your best friend in realistic fiction. Understanding genre can help us find books we really want to read, and give us more ideas for stories we want to write.
Tuesday 19th February: The Small But Powerful Haiku
As well as being quick and easy to write, haiku help us focus on the world around us at a micro level. A fly buzzing at the window, graffiti on the pavement, or a jumper with frayed edges can all tell a much larger story if you pay close attention. We’ll peer at the world through one-inch frames and create tiny poems with big-hitting power.
Wednesday 20th February: 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.
Thursday 21st February: 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.
Friday 22nd February: 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.