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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.

 

Summer Term 2018

This term at Chelsea Young Writers we are providing children with the chance to understand how two of the most popular genres of fiction writing - Fantasy and Comedy - are such good mediums for storytelling.
These two genres seem to be firm favourites amongst our young writers, and together we will be looking to identify the main characteristics of these very different (though not mutually exclusive!) modes of writing in order to create a two contrasting yet compelling - and fantastical and hilarious - tales.

 

1. Fantasy Novel.

Do you dream of joining Harry at Hogwarts? Or journeying with Bilbo and a troop of dwarfs? Perhaps, a crafty anti-hero like Artemis is more your thing? Or, maybe, you aspire to be the Worst Witch?
Explore worlds of danger, and magic and intrigue as we create epic fantasy tales. Get to grips with enchanting settings; create plucky heroes, canny anti-heroes and dastardly villains.
Populate your stories with shape-shifters, witches, wizards and mythological beasts. Invent potions and spells and devour incredible feasts.
Be inspired by ancient languages as you build high-fantasy worlds. Or, if you prefer, create contemporary settings where everyday objects sit alongside the fantastical. Your world could be parallel to this one, or found in another time and space altogether!
Whatever inspires you, join us as we craft fantastic fiction with powerful plots and cracking characters and sprinkle them with a little bit of fairy dust.

2. Writing Funny Stories.

It’s the last term of a school year! Have you been longing for summer and jolly picnics, good laughs and funny stories we share with our family and friends? In the second half of term, we will get to learn how to create humorous characters and let them live in your funny stories!
What do we find funny? What makes us laugh? Is it someone slipping up on a banana skin? Or is it a Mister Twit with all sorts of nasties in his beard?
One way to approach humour is through character. 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 behave, like a garden party with the Queen.
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 & join us for the summer term!

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