Blog Posts tagged: Creative Writing

Jonathan Meres

Jonathan Meres: 5 Tips for Writing from Experience

Jonathan Meres is the author of the hilarious World of Norm series, and he's back with a new book, Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe. The book is published by Barrington Stoke, which specialises in super-readable titles that are ideal for less-confident readers. In this blog post, Jonathan talks about how his own experience working on a market stall inspired the new book, and gives his top tips to help young writers 'write what you know'.

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Celebrating a School Publication of Pupils' Writing

‘The Doon Review’ is a quarterly journal featuring short stories, reviews and illustrations by Doon academy students. To celebrate the magazine's sixth edition, we caught up with library assistant Chris Kelso and some of the pupil contributors to talk about the stories, reviews and artwork appearing in this issue.

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How Forfar Academy Created Comics and Book Trailers for #ScotTeenBookPrize

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a fantastic opportunity to enthuse pupils about reading. Every year, we run two competitions to enhance the fun: a graphic novel competition and a book trailer competition. In this blog post, Shona Page and Janet Spence of Forfar Academy explain how they approached both competitions.

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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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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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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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