Blog Posts tagged: Creative Writing

Author David Almond working with a group of pupils

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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Spoken word artist Steven Camden takes a selfie with pupils

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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David Almond writing tips

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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Beatrice Colin

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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Author writing on a laptop in front of a fire

Where I Write: Sarah Urwin Jones

New Writers Awardee Sarah Urwin Jones reveals how, where and when she manages to carve out some writing time for herself.

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Matt Dickinson

Cliffhanger! Keeping Your Reader On The Edge Of Their Seat

Matt Dickinson, author of the teen titles ‘Mortal Chaos’ and ‘The Everest Files’ gives us his tips for raising the tension of your story to fever pitch!

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Children and parents taking photographs on Ipads of Lego scenes

Using Lego to Inspire Storytelling

The Skoobmobile, Renfrewshire's fantastic mobile library service for children and families, has become involved in a host of projects within the community and schools. In this blog post, Skoobmobile co-ordinator Pauline Simpson explains how the mobile library staff have used Lego to help develop children's storytelling skills.

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Bestselling author Karen McCombie

5 (Shouty) Tips to Make You a Better Writer

Karen McCombie is the best-selling author of over 80 books and is full of indispensable writing advice for young people. In this blog post, discover the writing advice Karen swears by!

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Pencil with shavings, Image by Alan Cleaver on Flickr

Our Top Five Resources for Reluctant Writers

Writing can be a challenge in the classroom, but as these resources show, there are lots of different approaches to the creation of a narrative. Featuring our brand new Getting Pupils Writing resource, this list will give you some great ideas to help the most reluctant of writers.

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Ten steps to creating alcohol monologues

Young people can discover the true power of creative writing when they discover its potential to capture the grit of life. In this blog post, English teacher Gordon Fisher explains how his pupils produced resonant dramatic monologues from the point of view of people affected by the alcoholism of loved ones. Gordon outlines his success criteria for the pupils to help you introduce this task into your classroom!

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