Blog Posts tagged: Creative Writing

Painting by Sir James Guthrie - the Gypsy Fires are Burning for Daylight Past and Gone

Inspiring poetry through art in the secondary classroom

Using images as a stimulus for writing can often unlock pupils' creativity, as English teacher Gordon Fisher found when he introduced pupils to a painting by Sir James Guthrie. In this blog post Gordon shares the approach he took to get pupils writing poetry inspired by the painting. Gordon has also made some of the pupils' work available for download, as well as some of the worksheets and presentations he created during the project.

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Tips for writing funny stories from #LOLLIES-shortlisted authors and illustrators

Scholastic have announced the shortlisted books for the Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017, and to celebrate, we've asked the shortlisted authors to share their top tips for writing rib-tickling stories!

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Sibeal Pounder: My Top Five Tips for World-building

Witch Wars author Sibeal Pounder is back with her brand new series Bad Mermaids. In this blog post, find out how she goes about creating fictional worlds!

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Lari Don: How to create riddles with children

Acclaimed children's author Lari Don is back with the second book in her Spellchasers trilogy, The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away. The books are full of brain-bending riddles, so we asked Lari for her top tips to help you and your pupils come up with your own riddles.

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Our top five writing resources

Scottish Book Trust has a huge store of free resources created by teachers, librarians and writers. In this blog post we bring you some top picks from our store of writing resources, including two fantastic blog series and a video masterclass from a top children's writer.

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StoryCon, the Free Creative Conference for Teens, is Back!

StoryCon, Scotland's biggest creative writing & illustration get-together for 13 - 19 year olds, is back for summer 2017. Learn more and book your place!

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Why I Love Collaborative Writing

Collaborative writing can help boost the confidence and skills of pupils of all ages. In this blog post, Bev Humphrey explains how collaborative writing can be used in a number of ways, including as an aid to understanding Shakespeare.

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Tips to encourage writing in school

Library assistant Chris Kelso has a fantastic track record of getting pupils to engage with creative writing, paying close attention to their individual needs and coming up with strategies to motivate writers of all abilities. Check out this blog post for some top tips from Chris!

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The Writing Process from Notebook to Novel

David Almond, award-winning author of Skellig and A Song for Ella Grey, shares his top tips on turning a messy imagination into neat and tidy printed pages.

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How to Make Your Stories Exciting

How do you create a well-crafted plot that hooks your reader? Beatrice Colin, author of the gripping high-seas drama Pyrate's Boy, is on hand to give some advice for writing a story that'll grab your reader and never let go!

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