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May Half Term 2016 – Creative Writing Workshops for Children

KS2 creative writing workshops for children written and delivered by acclaimed children’s authors. We are based in London. Reserve your place now!

Are you looking for an educational, fun holiday camp or holiday activity for your children? Then what better way to keep your child inspired over the holidays than through a creative writing workshop led by published writers? Holiday workshops are held throughout the year, during all half-term breaks and in the Christmas, Easter, Summer holidays.

Our creative writing workshops are written and delivered by our authors-in-residence. Outlines are designed to stimulate children’s creative thinking and improve their creative writing skills in a fun and entertaining way. Each workshop runs for three hours a day, with a fifteen minute break. During the session the group will perform a series of short guided exercises leading up to writing a short story! Our holiday workshops are small in size and always about having fun and exploring new ideas, whilst developing creative skills.

Please see below the variety of workshops that we have on offer. The session options are versatile, with something to suit every taste.

The club is exclusively for Key Stage 2 and 3 (six-year-olds and near sever-year-olds cannot be admitted, regardless of ability). Children are expected to be independent writers.

SUMMER COURSES 2016

 

May Half Term 2016 Creative Writing Workshops
31 May-03 June 2016

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    31 May-03 June. The Whole Story. Magical Powers, Mythical Creatures and Hidden Dangers. A 4-day Course on Building Great Fantasy Worlds (8-12 Yrs)

     

     

    Led by Margaret Bateson-Hill

    Join award-winning author Margaret Bateson-Hill in this special 4-day course.

    Some of our greatest stories are set in fantasy worlds – think of Narnia, Middle Earth, Oz or my own favourite, Earthsea.
    This week you are invited to set your story in a new world of your own imagining. We’ll begin by letting your hero and villain help you explore this new world – discovering the landscape, housing, transport, food, clothing, technology, even the government.
    In discovering the details of your world you will then discover what deadly perils might befall your intrepid hero. Will they be on a quest for a magical object, performing a daring rescue or overcoming an evil tyrant? Using your newly acquired knowledge of your world you can plot some terrible and dastardly dangers so that your hero can prove his or her mettle.
    Over the week we’ll explore different ways of telling the story using various narrators and points of view experimenting with different tones (comic, tragic, scary?) use different forms of writing (letter, monologue, dialogue, report.)

    Your child will receive individual written feedback at the end of the course. Max 8 children per group.

    • Age Group : 8-12 Yrs
    • Course Duration : 4 days. 12 hours.
    • Workshop Dates : 31-May, 01-Jun, 02-Jun, 03-Jun 2016
    • Time : 10:00-13:00
    • Venue : St John’s Notting Hill Church of England, Landsdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    • Notes : All materials provided. Bring your own snack for a break time, Copyright © 2016 by Chelsea Young Writers Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction or distribution in any form of all or part of the course materials is prohibited., Individual written feedback provided at the end of the course. Group size: max 8 children, Terms: please note that by making a booking through our site you agree that you have read, understand, and accept our Terms & Conditions and you agree to be bound by these.
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    31 May. Seven Basic Plots, Thousands of Stories! (7-11 Yrs)

     
     

    Led by Andrew Weale

    How do we create a story plot? What are we after in our story? Who is our protagonist and what do we want them to experience? Would we send them on the Quest or to overcome the monster? How do we decide if we write a comedy or a tragedy? In this workshop we’ll be exploring the Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker as basics of plot-writing. You will then choose one plot for your story which we can’t wait to hear!

    • Age Group : 7-11 Yrs
    • Workshop Dates : 31 May 2016
    • Time : 10:00 - 13:00
    • Venue : St John’s Notting Hill Church of England, Landsdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    • Notes : All materials provided. Bring your own snack for a break time, Copyright © 2016 by Chelsea Young Writers Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction or distribution in any form of all or part of the course materials is prohibited., Terms: please note that by making a booking through our site you agree that you have read, understand, and accept our Terms & Conditions and you agree to be bound by these.
    £55.00 (Inc. VAT)

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    01 June. Gladiators, Gods and the Glory of Rome (7-11 yrs)

    Led by Sarah Mussi

    Over this one-day course students will visit ancient Rome and spend a day in the company of gladiators in the Colosseum, or march alongside Caesar as he fights the Hun – or perhaps escape from Pompeii as the ash of Vesuvius threatens to bury everyone alive…
    Using extracts from Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff or tracts from Pliny the Younger, young writ-ers will engage with what life was like in the Roman Empire: it’s laws, its pastimes, it Gods. You will be invited to join the great Roman tradition which includes the writings of Julius Caesar, both Plinys, and Virgil of scribing your experiences and recording your adventures in the Glorious Roman Empire!
    Imagine the scene. It is 79AD. The volcano so long asleep has been shaking the ground, waking up… you have consulted the Oracles and paid tribute to the Gods, and you know that a great tragedy is going to play out all around you… you hurry to Rome, to warn the country, but they are all preparing for a great round of Gladatorial challenges.

    • Age Group : 7-11 Yrs
    • Workshop Dates : 01 June 2016
    • Time : 10:00 - 13:00
    • Venue : St John’s Notting Hill Church of England, Landsdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    • Notes : All materials provided. Bring your own snack for a break time, Copyright © 2016 by Chelsea Young Writers Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction or distribution in any form of all or part of the course materials is prohibited., Terms: please note that by making a booking through our site you agree that you have read, understand, and accept our Terms & Conditions and you agree to be bound by these.
    £55.00 (Inc. VAT)

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    02 June. Bring Your Settings to Life! (7-11 Yrs)

    Led by Andrew B Jones

    Stories can happen anywhere – whether it’s somewhere exotic like a haunted castle or a magical market-place; or somewhere everyday like your school classroom, or the fish and chip shop. They can happen in the middle of nature, in the heart of a city, at the top of a mountain, at the bottom of an ocean… Any-where you can imagine, which is why I’d love to share with you some imaginative ways of bringing set-tings for stories to life through description – and through change.

    Because the third-floor corridor at Hogwarts is a very different place at midnight than at midday…
    Because the back garden is a very different place for a Borrower in Winter than in Summer…
    Because London before The Enemy arrived is now a distant memory…

    Maybe you’ve already got a fantastic place in mind that you’d like to find fun ways of bringing to life on the page. Maybe you want to be surprised by what strange locations we can pull out of your brain that you never knew were lurking inside. Either way, we’ll be giving our imaginations a good workout, stretching our descriptive skills and creating surprising new stories as we find fun and excitement in the strangest of places!

    Andrew Barnett Jones has written stories for loads of top kids TV shows including The Amazing World of Gumball, Mr Bean: The Animated Series, Dick’n’Dom’s Diddy Movies and Diddy TV, The 4 O’Clock Club, Dennis the Menace & Gnasher, Zig & Zag, Shaun the Sheep, and many many more. His techniques are easy and fun to use, and immediately effective in unlocking creativity and enthusiasm. Find out more at www.andrewbarnettjones.com

    • Age Group : 7-11 Yrs
    • Workshop Dates : 02 June 2016
    • Time : 10:00 - 13:00
    • Venue : St John’s Notting Hill Church of England, Landsdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    • Notes : All materials provided. Bring your own snack for a break time, Copyright © 2016 by Chelsea Young Writers Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction or distribution in any form of all or part of the course materials is prohibited., Terms: please note that by making a booking through our site you agree that you have read, understand, and accept our Terms & Conditions and you agree to be bound by these.
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    03 June. Writing Funny (7-11Yrs)

    Led by Andrew Weale

    What do we find funny? What makes us laugh? Is it someone slipping up on a banana skin? Or is it a Mis-ter Twit with all sorts of nasties in his beard?
    One way to approach humour is through character. In this workshop we will start by creating a person or animal that we find funny. It could be a ballet-dancing baboon called Zaza, or someone made of jelly.
    Then the fun starts. How are they going to react when they are put into a perfectly normal situation, like going to the supermarket? Or perhaps we could put them into a situation where they really ought to be-have, like a garden party with the Queen. What’s the ballet dancing baboon going to do there?
    Another way to stretch your character is to think of that character’s greatest wish. Maybe the someone made of jelly wants to become a deep-sea diver. What’s the silliest way they can accomplish that plan? Impersonate a jelly fish?
    The possibilities are endless. So, put on your funny boots. Stick spaghetti in your beards, and come along to the workshop!

    • Age Group : 7-11 Yrs
    • Workshop Dates : 03 June 2016
    • Time : 10:00 - 13:00
    • Venue : St John’s Notting Hill Church of England, Landsdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    • Notes : All materials provided. Bring your own snack for a break time, Copyright © 2016 by Chelsea Young Writers Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction or distribution in any form of all or part of the course materials is prohibited., Terms: please note that by making a booking through our site you agree that you have read, understand, and accept our Terms & Conditions and you agree to be bound by these.
    £55.00 (Inc. VAT)

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