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Master Your Creative Writing

A course unique to Chelsea Young Writers, Master Your Creative Writing comprises a series of workshops designed by our in-house children’s authors. Over the duration of a school term, children will be introduced to a literary topic from a variety of interesting and exciting angles. Each session will see our young learners apprehend the theme in question in new and challenging ways, in a bid to create their own unique written responses. Priority is given to encouraging original thought, the construction of a useful plan, the creative and accurate use of language, and developing concentration through timed creative writing. After attending workshops, we expect children to be outfitted with a well-rounded appreciation of the literary theme at hand – knowledge that will surely continue to pay dividends into the future. We also aspire to have our young writers develop a comprehensive set of writing skills which can be adapted to any time-sensitive written assignment. We do not cover SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) on this course, as our main emphasis is on the creative part of writing. Our workshops strongly encourage creative thinking, avoiding limits such as the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to use the imagination.  As a result, there is no direct marking system - but we do review your child’s work during each session, providing verbal feedback and further guidance on developing ideas/ storyline structures/ descriptive devices. Your child will also receive a short, written feedback upon their completion of the course. This course will benefit  keen or reluctant readers and writers who will then apply their gained skills in writing for pleasure and challenging creative writing tasks in exam papers.

Learning Objectives

  1. To confidently generate original ideas for story writing
  2. To sharpen overall critical thinking and reading skills
  3. To develop a mature style of writing narrative by mastering the structural elements of short prose fiction
  4. To plan out a coherent plot under timed conditions
  5. To learn how to write complex characters, use dialogue effectively and create believable settings
  6. To develop a competent self-editing process, checking for clarity, fluency, vividness and accuracy of vocabulary and descriptive detail
  7. To discuss your own writing with the course leader and group, as well as learn to critique and edit the writing of others

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Understand different ways original ideas can be generated for a story.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of various critical thinking and reading techniques.
  3. Use imagination and sensory details for creating suspense and intrigue – avoiding cliché, sentimentality or melodrama – and demonstrate increased competence in writing varied sentence structures.
  4. Adhere to a story plan in writing, arranging the ideas purposefully and coherently within time-sensitive conditions.
  5. Understand how to write authentic characters, dialogue and setting, identifying what works and what doesn’t work as well.
  6. Demonstrate an effective method of revision, checking over own work for correct vocabulary, use of descriptive devices and overall fluency of the narrative.
  7. Listen to and apply any constructive criticism received, as well as be able to confidently give critical feedback to help improve others’ work.
  8. Work under timed conditions and be well-prepared and equipped for 11Plus creative writing tasks.

 

Spring Term 2018: Rewriting Alice in Wonderland.

Over the term we are going to be writing two stories.

 

1. Down the Rabbit Hole.

Alice has a dilemma. The Hatter has a problem. A BIG problem. And it involves a borrowed item. Or, rather, a stolen one.
He needs Alice’s help, and fast. But what is this curious missing object? And why does the Hatter need her help?
To find out Alice needs to go into Wonderland one more time. But they’re all mad down there. And Alice is in no mood for madness. Yet, if she refuses it’ll be, ‘Off with his head!’ for the Hatter.
Dragged into the Hatter’s crazy plan to retrieve the missing curiosity before it’s too late, Alice must navigate the world of Wonderland one more time.
On her quest to save the Hatter’s head will she risk all and do a deal with the Cheshire Cat? Attempt to trick the Queen of Hearts? Listen to the Caterpillar’s crazy plan? Disturb the Dormouse? Go in search of the White Rabbit?
What curiosities will you weave into your story as we explore the weird and wonderful truths of a strange and fascinating world?
Join us as things get curiouser and curiouser for Alice on this dangerous quest to save the Hatter’s head.

2. Through the Looking Glass.

So, you think you’re pretty good at chess, do you? Good enough to play for your life and the life of a friend?
Let’s hope so, because the Mad Hatter has offended Time… again, and Time is angry.
By order, Time has declared that from now on there will be no more perpetual tea parties. And as the hours tick by, no March Hare, no White Rabbit, not even a sleeping Dormouse. And even worse than that, there will be no more nonsense or funny business. In fact, unless you do something to stop Time, everything you have come to know about Wonderland will be erased… forever! And then what?
But what does Time want? And can you achieve it?
To find out you must step inside the mirror into another world. Once there, you discover you must journey to the land of Chess and win the Eternal Game. Only then can the wonders of Wonderland be restored.
On your quest to save insanity, do you dare to trick the Bandersnatch? Conduct a riddle-off with the Tweedles? Wake a sleeping king from his tree?
The Hatter informs you must first find Hope. But who is Hope? And where does Hope hide? And even if you do find it, can it hep you win the Eternal Chess Game and restore the madness of Wonderland and all its characters?
To find out, you’d better get going, and fast.
The pieces are set. The game has begun. Time… is running out.

  • Spring Term 2018: Master Your Creative Writing, Monday (Hampshire School Chelsea, 16:30)

    • Term: Autumn Term 2017
    • Age Group: Years 4, 5, 6.
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Start / End Dates: 15 January–26 March 2018
    • Half Term Dates: 12-18 February
    • Time: 16:30 - 17:30
    • Venue: The Hampshire School Cheslea, 15 Manresa Road, London SW3 6BN
    • Notes: 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.

    £209.00 (Inc. VAT)

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  • Spring Term 2018: Master Your Creative Writing, Thursday (St John’s Notting Hill, 16:30)

    • Term: Spring Term 2018
    • Age Group: Years 4, 5, 6.
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Start / End Dates: 18 January–29 March 2018
    • Half Term Dates: 12-18 February
    • Time: 16:30 - 17:30
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church of England, Landsdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    • Notes: 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.

    £209.00 (Inc. VAT)

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