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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 2019

First half term. Wild at Heart: Animal Packed Adventures.

Wherever you look, there are Animal stories to be found. They cover a wealth of themes and genres, from factual accounts made by soldiers telling of the animals who served with them during the Great War, to short stories, to full length fiction, and poetry. In libraries and bookshops, you will find a wealth of wonderful animal stories. Examples of these might be classics such as Watership Down by Richard Adams, or War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, or Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Then there are equally enthralling tales such as A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean, or Varjak Paw by S.F. Said.
Whether told from an animal’s point of view, or their human counterpart, each story explores a universal theme whilst putting animals at its heart.
Join us as we take an incredible journey and explore the themes of Michael Morpurgo’s writing.
Taking inspiration from the likes of War Horse, we will delve into the heart of these modern classics to examine deep story structure and learn to create a layered back story, whilst putting an animal right in the thick of the action.
Whether your preference is for the African Plains, the jungles of the Amazon, or the war zones of France, you’ll learn to how to view the world through the eyes of your narrator, placing empathy at the core of your writing.
Will your story break hearts, make us laugh, or educate?
Whatever you choose you can be sure that we’ll get right to the heart of the story on this animal packed adventure as we weave observational fact into fictional tales.

Second half term. Biosphere Guardians: On a Mission to Save the Planet.

The modern world faces huge environmental challenges, from climate change, plastic pollution, and animal extinction, to name just a few. All these themes are regularly explored in children’s stories, with a range of exciting authors taking on the challenge of crafting stories about issues that they care deeply about.
Michael Morpurgo is one such author. His books and short stories touch on some of our deepest fears about the world we live in without losing sight of what books are about – crafting a killer plot that the reader can immerse themselves in.
Inspired by some the best known children’s authors, such as Morpurgo, we’ll explore some difficult environmental themes and place them at the heart of storytelling.
What subject matter captures your imagination? Is it the plight of polar bears? The rise of sea levels? Desertification? Endangered species? Or something a little different?
Perhaps, you’re an intrepid space explorer whose mission is to alert the Earth of an impending environmental crisis in space.
Whatever your passion, you’ll learn how to put your most treasured concerns at the heart of a cracking tale without losing the magic of story. You’ll craft tightly woven plots and populate them with believable and compelling characters all of whom are ready and willing to champion their environmental cause.

  • Spring Term 2019: Master Your Creative Writing (Years 4–6), Monday (Hampshire School Chelsea, 16:30)

    Spring Term 2019: Master Your Creative Writing (Years 4–6), Monday (Hampshire School Chelsea, 16:30)

    • Term: Spring Term 2019
    • School Year: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Start / End Dates: 14 January–25 March 2019
    • Time: 16:30 - 17:30, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Half Term Dates: 18–23 February 2019
    • Venue: The Hampshire School Chelsea, 15 Manresa Road, London SW3 6BN
    • Terms and Conditions: 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, Cancellations received less than 30 days before the start of the program are not refundable

    £229.00
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  • Spring Term 2019: Master Your Creative Writing (Years 5,6), Thursday (St John’s Notting Hill, 16:30)

    Spring Term 2019: Master Your Creative Writing (Years 5,6), Thursday (St John’s Notting Hill, 16:30)

    • Term: Spring Term 2019
    • School Year: Year 5, Year 6
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Start / End Dates: 17 January–28 March 2019
    • Time: 16:30 - 17:30, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • Half Term Dates: 18–23 February 2019
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church of England, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN
    • Terms and Conditions: 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, Cancellations received less than 30 days before the start of the program are not refundable

    £229.00
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