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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 2019

First half term. Escape from the Workhouse! A Victorian Diary.

Day after day, the same humdrum life. My hands are blistered and my feet are cold! Don’t even get me started on the food – a lump of heavy grey slop twice a day is as good as it gets around here. My friend Lal found a bit of gristle in her slop the other day, and you’d have thought she’d won the lottery! The matrons are cruel, and the work is never ending. It’s lucky I have my friends, I suppose. One day, we’ll make it out; I can feel it in my bones. I wonder what life would be like outside the workhouse…

Victorian England: a time of good graces, polite etiquette, glamorous parties, and sumptuous food – for some. We’ll be writing ourselves into the narrative of some of the most unfortunate people in the Victorian era: workhouse children. Can you put yourself in the shoes of an orphan, forced to work in dismal environments in exchange for the most basic living conditions? How would you keep positive? In our diaries, we will take a step back in time to craft a compelling character, driven to escape the workhouse with their friends and start a new life. What will their escape plan be? How will they keep it a secret from the strict workhouse masters and matrons? Once they have made it out, will they stick with their team of escapees? Or will they seek the dazzling heights of the Victorian London elite?

Second half term. Mapping Atlantis: The Underwater City.

An impossible quest: the search for the lost city of Atlantis. Debunked as a myth by most explorers who have tried and failed to find the underwater civilisation, you are determined to succeed where they have not. Your family has always had a close connection to the ocean; your Aunt is a submarine captain, and your father has written many books on others’ failed attempts to find Atlantis. You feel as though the ocean speaks to you, and spend many hours there with your feet submerged in the lapping waves. One day after school, you head down the familiar path to the sea. As the cool water breaks around your ankles, you notice something wash up on the sand. It looks like a small, worn, leather pouch. You open it up, expecting to find some old coins from a bygone sailor. What you find in its place is worth far more than any coins, and will set you well on your way to finding Atlantis…

This course will enable writers to work on their world building skills across mediums, as they use both vivid descriptive language and illustration skills to map out the lost city of Atlantis. With the help of their own, unseen map of Atlantis, they will write an epic quest tale, charting a family adventure to the murky depths of the ocean. What perils will they face on their deep-sea journey? What will they discover beyond the gates to Atlantis? Will all be as it appears on your map? And, most importantly, what has become of the people rumoured to reside there?

  • Summer Term 2019: Master Your Creative Writing (Years 4,5,6), Monday (Hampshire School Chelsea, 16:30)

    Summer Term 2019: Master Your Creative Writing (Years 4,5,6), Monday (Hampshire School Chelsea, 16:30)

    • Term: Summer Term 2019
    • School Year: Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
    • Duration: 8 weeks
    • Start / End Dates: 29 April–01 July 2019, No class on 6 May, 27 May.
    • 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: 27 May–02 June 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

    £199.00
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  • Summer Term 2019: Master Your Creative Writing (Years 4,5,6), Thursday (St John’s Notting Hill, 16:30)

    Summer Term 2019: Master Your Creative Writing (Years 4,5,6), Thursday (St John’s Notting Hill, 16:30)

    • Term: Summer Term 2019
    • School Year: Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Start / End Dates: 25 April–04 July 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: 27 May–02 June 2019
    • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, 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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