Creative writing course for Years 5 and 6.

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.

 

Autumn Term 2020

First half term. Alexander and the Battle of the Persian Gate.

It is the eve of one of the greatest battles in ancient history. And you, Alexander the Great, a calculating and merciless hero, are discussing tactics with your trusted friend and confidant, Hephaestion, for what will be one of your most revered battlefield victories.
In your short lifetime, you have survived your father’s brutal assassination, led your men into numerous victories, outwitted those who would plot against you, and won over a mutinous army.
But now you stand, feared by your enemies, revered by your generals, and adored by your friends, ready to take on the ancient world in what will be your attempt to conquer the Persian Empire once and for all.

Second half term. Gladiators and the Glory of Rome.

You are an enslaved gladiator from 1st century Britain, a Celtic warrior, torn from your tribe and with no family or place to call home you have sustained yourself in the bloody arenas of Rome. And now you want freedom. But can you have it?
Gladiators rarely gain their freedom, they fight or die, you know that. But lately, you have dreamed of a life outside the violence of the arena, a place you are certain to be slaughtered, eventually. These days, even the honour and adoration of the crowds can no longer sustain you. You are weary and the toll the games have taken on you is immeasurable. You need to escape, but how? No one ever escapes alive. And, if you could, would you ever truly be free? It’s time to make a plan, if you dare…

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