Our Top Five Resources for Reluctant Writers

Writing can be a challenge in the classroom, with pupils often intimidated by the thought of having to fill a blank page. However, in the age of the wider text, we have a bit more freedom to embrace different forms of writing and follow different paths into the written word. With that in mind, here's a selection of our most popular resources for reluctant writers. Whether you're looking to change perceptions of writing, embrace technology or simply look at some great practice in teaching the short story, there's something here for you!

Getting Pupils Writing

Get some fabulous ideas from teachers and librarians across the country! This resource gathers together tried and tested ideas from our Teachers and Librarians blog, showcasing lots of innovative ways to change pupils' perceptions of writing.

The Getting Pupils Writing resource gathers tried and tested ideas from our blog, showcasing innovative ways to change pupils' perceptions of writing

How to Teach Creative Writing - Video Series with Nick Hesketh

Writer and teacher Nick Hesketh uncovers his secrets for success with reluctant writers in this great video series. Nick explains how you can provide frameworks and ideas while giving pupils space to learn skills and contribute their own suggestions towards creating a fantastic and gripping story. Nick's approach is innovative and highly practical - check it out now!

Authors Live - Creative Writing Workshop with the Etherington Brothers

Whether you choose to write a comic or a purely prose text, writing is about having fun - and this hugely popular duo know a thing or two about making writing enjoyable. Your P4-P7 pupils will enjoy this mirth-filled writing workshop, featuring a host of implausible characters from a French Harry Potter to a skydiving pig. The Etheringtons break down the process of writing and show your pupils how to unlock their imaginations, covering everything from setting to character, plot and more.

How to Create Book Trailers - Video Series and Activity Pack

If critical essays and imaginative responses aren't finding favour with your class, creating book trailers can be a great way to elicit responses from pupils. A pupil must have a solid critical understanding of a book to create a trailer, but it's as much a writing task as it is a reading one, developing skills in use of structure, language and creating atmosphere. Pupils are also motivated by the meaningful use of technology. This video series guides them through the process step by step, and there's an activity pack with lesson-by-lesson guidance too.

Book trailers help develop skills in use of structure, language and creating atmosphere

How to Write and Film a Great Scene

All the fundamental skills of creating a narrative are covered in this fantastic filmmaking resource from freelance writer Cat Hepburn. Using the books of Anthony Horowitz (fantastic for reluctant readers) as a test subject, Cat explains the process of bringing character and atmosphere alive on screen, covering topics like planning, storyboarding and editing.

Want to browse more of our resources? Check out our recent 'best of' blog series, or head on over to our resources section.

Check out our book list for reluctant readers to find some great reading suggestions!

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