Blog Posts tagged: schools working with writers

Theresa munoz with pupils

Our Poet Visit: Theresa Munoz

In early July 2017, the poet and literary critic Theresa Munoz visited schools across Teesside for a week of workshops as part of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour. Here, Mia Ainsley and Maisie Kennedy, two Year 9 pupils from Our Lady and St Bede Academy, write about their experience of the event and what they enjoyed most.

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One of the 'sweets' created by the pupils, with a tag saying 'Peppermint Planets'

Writing Sweetie-Themed Poems at Comely Park Primary

Primary 6 pupils at Comely Park recently enjoyed a visit from poet Julie Douglas. Find out how Julie got the pupils writing some alliterative, sweetie-themed poetry in this blog post from the pupils.

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Cover of Filmish by Edward Ross

Get Your Pupils Writing Comics

Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature programme can help you fund a visit from a writer, whether you're a school, library or other community organisation. In this blog post, Doon Academy library assistant Chris Kelso tells us more about he used Live Literature to bring in graphic novelist Edward Ross for a comic writing session with pupils.

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Author and Illustrator Chris Riddell with pupils from East Plean Primary School

Creating a Story World at East Plean Primary School

In September 2016, award-winning illustrator and current Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell visited primary schools in Scotland with the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. Flora McMaster, class teacher at East Plean Primary School, Stirling, was hopeful Chris’s visit would spark an explosion of artistic creativity beyond anything they had seen before.

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Author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre with a class from Drakies Primary School

The Value of Illustration at Drakies Primary School

Illustration can be a powerful tool to help pupils understand how a narrative is composed, particularly if they struggle with writing. In this blog post, Drakies Primary School describe how they set up a host of illustration activities, in the lead up to a visit from acclaimed illustrator Sarah McIntyre.

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Nesting Primary School pupils with Renita

Six Steps to a Successful Schools Writer Residency

Developing a sustained project with a writer in your school or library can be a hugely fruitful experience, lending you the skills and perspective of someone who can help unlock children's creativity. In this blog post, author and poet Renita Boyle describes her series of mini residencies on Shetland, and outlines six steps to help you host a worthwhile residency.

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The Large Hadron Collider

Exploring writing through science

How science can inspire great stories

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Dan Smith: Building the past into your writing

Dan Smith offers five pieces of advice on researching your writing project.

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Glenlee Primary Comics

Cartoonists or Authors?

One teacher uses comic art to inspire writing

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How to use an Author Visit: Peter Bently

In this step-by-step guide Donna Bullivant describes how her class went about using an author session in the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Peter Bently

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