Chelsea Young Writers is set up as a fun after-school activity to stimulate and develop creativity and writing skills. While schools rightly focus on giving children a critical awareness, the CYW club aims to encourage and extend a child's creative writing skills, critical perceptions and imaginative faculties as a form of expression, beyond the basic demands of the curriculum.
Each week participants will be introduced to an aspect of writing – characterisation, plotting, structure, dialogue, description, style and language, different genres to name but a few – through carefully conceived age appropriate, entertaining but challenging activities, games and exercises. We may use toys, for example, to help devise character, or music for creating mood, or unusual artefacts to fire the imagination. All we require of participants is that they are prepared to fully engage, work hard and are interested in being creative. It’s a club, not a hothouse – we don’t expect children to begin necessarily with a high level of creative writing skills (though we certainly don’t frown upon it if they do!) - but we do expect commitment and enthusiasm (and that’s from tutors as much as from children!).One thing parents and children can be sure of with the Chelsea Young Writers Club is that it will be exciting, enrichening and, in the widest possible sense, educational too. But, most
of all, it will be really good fun!