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  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 17–21 June 2019. The Whole Story. Mini-Me: Big Problems! – (8–12 Yrs)

     

    You are dreaming. In your dream, shapes and colours all around you seem to melt and expand; you feel like you are sinking. It’s not an unpleasant feeling – until, all of a sudden, you feel a heavy weight bare down on your whole body. You wake up with a start – but the heavy weight persists. Is this a kidnapping? You manage to scrabble out from underneath, and look around, hardly believing your eyes. This was not a kidnapping. In fact, you are still laying in your own bed – your own, gigantic bed! Somehow, you shrank over night. At first this seems like fun and games (ever swam in a glass of chocolate milkshake?), but then the inevitable questions arise: why has this happened? Who else has this happened to? And can we trust the big folks any more?

    In this workshop, writers will be imagining a large-scale problem in the world through a small-scale lens. Being shrunk overnight might initially propose moments of hilarity and some awkward situations, but our writers will learn to examine the wider consequences of this unexpected issue. Will there be a pattern to who is being shrunk? Who or what is behind the shrinking? In order to discover the secrets behind the miniaturisation, we will craft a team of heroes and adventurers. Will the little folk band together to reverse the effects of miniaturisation, or can they trust the big folk enough to form a mixed group of allies? No matter how they proceed, young writers on this course will learn to write with empathy, wit, and action-packed pacing.

    Holiday Club: 17–21 June 2019. The Whole Story. Mini-Me: Big Problems! – (8–12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 17–21 June 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Book now
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 24–28 June 2019. The Whole Story. Escape from the Workhouse! A Victorian Diary– (8–12 Yrs)

     

    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?

    Holiday Club: 24–28 June 2019. The Whole Story. Escape from the Workhouse! A Victorian Diary– (8–12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 24–28 June 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Book now
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 01–05 July 2019. The Whole Story. Bungle in the Jungle: Lost with my Class! – (8–12 Yrs)

     

    You are on the school trip of a lifetime – to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil! Today, you and your class are en route to a survival skills workshop at a local nature reserve. You can’t wait to discover what skills you’d need to survive in the jungle! When your bus driver offers to take the class via the ‘scenic route’, your teacher, relenting, agrees. Brilliant! You and your friends gawk out the window at the thickening rainforest, as blurred greens, browns and scarlets flash past. As the jungle continues to thicken, and the terrain becomes more and more bumpy, you notice your teacher looking very uneasy indeed. He leans forwards to talk to the driver, when the bus takes an violent lurch forwards, throwing you clean off your seat. It judders to a halt. You are out of fuel, in the middle of the Amazon! It looks like you might be gaining some survival skills a little earlier than you expected…

    Uh oh! In this course, writers will have to think on their feet as they craft a dramatic adventure story. What threats might they come across in the forest? How will they escape? Our writers will learn that, sometimes, the greatest key to survival has a lot more to do with teamwork than individual acts of reckless bravery. They will consider how the class dynamic will change after days of limited food and water, and create characters with surprising depths – both positive and negative – that will reveal themselves over the course of this story on exceptional circumstances.

    Holiday Club: 01–05 July 2019. The Whole Story. Bungle in the Jungle: Lost with my Class! – (8–12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 01–05 July 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Book now
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 08–12 July 2019. The Whole Story. Deep-Space Detective: Crime in the Cosmos! – (8–12 Yrs) – London or Cambridge

     

    Although much will have changed about the universe over the next few thousand years, in this story, our setting may be somewhat familiar to you: anyone for a Holiday Cruise through outer-space? When it transpires that all is not as it first seems on this luxury cruise ship, you can count yourself lucky that an intergalactic detective happens to be aboard for a their yearly ‘well earned break’. However, their break is brought to an abrupt end when a crew member disappears in mysterious circumstances. The perpetrator has left behind just one piece of crucial evidence: metamorphic residue. This residue can only mean one thing – the culprit is a shape-shifter!

    A classic murder mystery with a Sci-Fi twist! Writers on this course will invent a host of wacky suspects from space to populate their tale. Murder mysteries require a notable amount of prior planning in order to keep their readers surprised and engaged. In this specific mystery, our writers will face the extra challenge of crafting a story in which the culprit can shape-shift into the form of any of the other suspects to confuse the intergalactic detective! With a focus on thorough planning, innovative characters and unexpected plot twists, writers will come away from this course with a detective mystery that’s out of this world!

    Holiday Club: 08–12 July 2019. The Whole Story. Deep-Space Detective: Crime in the Cosmos! – (8–12 Yrs) – London or Cambridge

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 8–12 July 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Select Options
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 15–19 July 2019. The Whole Story. Time Travel Trouble: Accidental Alternate Reality! – (8–12 Yrs) – London or Cambridge

     

    “If you step on a butterfly, you change the future of the human race.” – Doctor Who

    When you make an adventurous new friend, you think that your summer can’t get any better! When you discover that they are, in fact, a time traveller, you are sure this summer will be the best one of your life. You are desperate to discover your favourite period of history in real life – but little do you know, that one tiny, seemingly inconsequential action in the past will have a far greater impact on your present than you could possible imagine…

    This time-travelling adventure will ask writers to imagine not only life in the past, but whole alternate realities in the present! Many time-travel stories involve deliberate alterations to history – preventing Hitler’s rise to power, or inventing electricity early, for example – but in this case, we will be thinking about how even the smallest decision could spiral into producing a whole alternate universe. What would happen if you returned to the present to discover that humans are on the brink of extinction? Or that television didn’t exist? Or even that you had never been born? Your challenge will be to travel back and right the wrongs of the past before it’s too late. With a focus on creating multiple plots and settings, this workshop will challenge writers to use effective and believable description and world-building in order to create compelling, if unexpected, versions of our reality.

    Holiday Club: 15–19 July 2019. The Whole Story. Time Travel Trouble: Accidental Alternate Reality! – (8–12 Yrs) – London or Cambridge

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 15–19 July 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Select Options
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 22–26 July 2019. The Whole Story. Cyborg Civilisation: A Mission Stop to the Techno-Plague! – (8–12 Yrs) – London or Cambridge

     

    The year is 2219. Over the past 200 years, human kind’s understanding of technology has continued to accelerate. These days, most humans, including you, are now ‘Cyborgs’: part human, part technology. You can’t imagine life any differently – the tech is simply a part of who you are, and it has some real bonuses! Little do you expect that soon the very existence of Cyborgs like you will be threatened. A techno-plague has developed, which is spreading like a virus between the tech of Cyborgs. With the risk of your essential components short-circuiting, you must stop the plague before it’s too late!

    People often picture a cyborg society as distant, unrealistic and over the top – but in fact cyborgs live among us even today! Many people have technology implanted within their bodies for medical reasons: pacemakers and prosthetic limbs are just some examples. Perhaps it is not such a great leap to picture a future in which devices like our phones have become one with our bodies, too. How would your daily life be different as a Cyborg? And what dangers might arise in this potential future? In this sci-fi adventure, it’s up to our young writers to discover the origins behind, and a cure for, the modern plague!

    Holiday Club: 22–26 July 2019. The Whole Story. Cyborg Civilisation: A Mission Stop to the Techno-Plague! – (8–12 Yrs) – London or Cambridge

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 22–26 July 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Select Options
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 29 July–02 August 2019. The Whole Story. Modern Mythical Monsters– (8–12 Yrs)

     

    You’ve always thought that there is more to myths than just make-believe stories. That’s why you love studying the Ancient Greeks at school; from the Minotaur, to Medusa, to the Cyclops, you’ve always felt as though there’s something very real behind these ancient tales. When you discover an archaic, crumbling tome out of its display case at your local museum, you’re thrilled to see that it’s jam-packed with illustrations of mythical beasts – many of which you’ve never even heard of before. You sit down with it in a quiet corner to pour over the details of these unknown myths. Thanks to this book, you’re about to have an encounter with a creature that is far from fictional…

    In this workshop, writers will learn about some popular ancient myths in order to craft their own one with a modern twist! Together we will explore how the Ancient Greeks used mythical beings in their tales, and create our own, brand new beast! When the creature bursts from the pages of the ancient book, how will it interact with the modern world? Will the creature be a friend or foe to your new character? And what will happen when the wider world discovers a brand new species of being. It’s up to our young writers to decide on its fate: will they devise a plot to return it to the mysterious book, or will they find a way to help it live in peace in contemporary Britain?

    Holiday Club: 29 July–02 August 2019. The Whole Story. Modern Mythical Monsters– (8–12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 29 July–02 August 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Book now
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 05–09 August 2019. The Whole Story. Lost at Sea: The Unlikely Captain – (8–12 Yrs)

     

    Everyone thinks that life as a pirate is always dramatic and thrilling, full of action and heroism. As the long-suffering potato peeler aboard The Dark Skull, however, you think otherwise. The ship is rumoured to be cursed, with each of its captains earning a grisly death at sea for as long as the ship has been sailing. What’s more, ever since you were forced to join the group of infamous swashbucklers, you’ve been constantly teased and belittled, leaving you right at the bottom of the heap (of potatoes). When a savage storm hits The Dark Skull one night, Captain Grey Feather is thrown overboard into the icy waters, leaving the cursed position empty. Not a single person aboard the ship wants to be Grey Feather’s cursed replacement. So, when the vote for a new captain is announced, the heads of the cowardly crew members turn to you…

    In this course, our writers will focus on crafting an underdog character to be the driving force behind a thrilling pirate adventure. Why is your protagonist an unlikely captain? Perhaps they face challenges in their everyday life, which have lead them to be underestimated. How will they overcome their self-doubt, and the reservations of their shipmates, to lead the crew into an epic pirate adventure? What challenges will their personal difficulties raise throughout the story? And how can they use their own position as an underestimated ‘outsider’ actually be used to their advantage on their quest?

    Holiday Club: 05–09 August 2019. The Whole Story. Lost at Sea: The Unlikely Captain – (8–12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 05–09 August 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Book now
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 12–16 August 2019. The Whole Story. Fierce Female Characters: Amelia Earhart – (8–12 Yrs)

     

    You’ve always felt more at home in the air than with your feet in the cloud. When you told your friends that you wanted to be a pilot, they told you that your head was in the clouds. ‘If only they could see me now!’ you thought, with the wind whipping at your hair as you soared in a small plane thousands of feet above the ocean. With your head in the clouds was exactly where you wanted to be…

    This series of workshops will concentrate on one strong woman from history in particular: Amelia Earhart. Earhart set numerous flying records across her life: in 1922 she became the first woman to fly above 14,000ft; in 1932 she was the first woman (and second person ever) to fly across the Atlantic Ocean; in the same year, she was the first woman to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and became woman to fly solo across the United States without stopping; in 1935, she became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the USA. On her second attempt to be the first ever pilot to fly around the world, however, Earhart disappeared. She had completed 22,000 miles of the flight, and had just 7,000 miles to go when she disappeared without a trace. No crash site or bodies have ever been discovered, and there are numerous theories about her fate. As such, it is up to our young writers to continue the story of Amelia Earhart. Did she survive? And if so, how?

    Holiday Club: 12–16 August 2019. The Whole Story. Fierce Female Characters: Amelia Earhart – (8–12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 12–16 August 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Book now
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 19–23 August 2019. The Whole Story. Awesome Antiheroes: Twisted Fairy tales – (8–12 Yrs)

     

    Fairy tales. They’re great… if you haven’t read them all a hundred times at school and before bed. What would happen if you turned the classic fairy tale inside out and on its head? What would happen if the villain of your story became the hero?

    In this workshop young writers will be writing a fairy tale with a twist! They will choose a fairy tale and turn it completely upside down, as rewriting it from the antagonist’s perspective! Was the big bad wolf actually just desperate for a place to stay, but turned down by three snobby hotel owners with a grudge against wolves? Perhaps Snow White was a vain teenager, obsessed with her looks, and the ‘evil queen’ was merely trying to show that beauty doesn’t come from the outside. Maybe Hansel and Gretel were two greedy siblings, who carelessly destroyed a kind old lady’s project for the town baking competition in their search for sugary snacks. We’ll be using all of our empathy and imagination to reinvent well loved tails from a seemingly impossible perspective!

    Holiday Club: 19–23 August 2019. The Whole Story. Awesome Antiheroes: Twisted Fairy tales – (8–12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 19–23 August 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Book now
  • Chelsea Young Writers creative writing course

    Holiday Club: 26–30 August 2019. The Whole Story. Mapping Atlantis: The Underwater City – (8–12 Yrs)

    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?

    Holiday Club: 26–30 August 2019. The Whole Story. Mapping Atlantis: The Underwater City – (8–12 Yrs)

    • Age Group: 8-12 Yrs
    • Duration: 5 days. 15 hours.
    • Start / End Dates: 26–30 August 2019
    • Time: 10:00-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
    • 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
    £369.00 Book now