Friday 23rd March 2018
30 children across year 5 were invited to attend a free writers’ workshop, offered to us by “The National Centre for Writing” based in Dragon Hall, Norwich.
Firstly, we explored “free writing” where the children were encouraged to keep their pen moving for 4 minutes, to encourage capturing their ideas, freely.
We looked at the idea of “translating” ideas from the fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel” into our own versions, after establishing the basic framework of the story. Lewis encouraged us saying “let your imagination run wild within the framework.”
At the end of the session, he listened to some of our stories. “I don’t mind if it’s not finished, it’s left us wondering….” He encouraged.
He chose Kailan, Ashleigh and Ava to record their stories which will be edited and woven into a pod cast, with children from other schools who have taken part. He will also add music to their recordings.
As he finished, Lewis told the children that, “your lives are interesting…your stories are important….I’ve given you some ways of telling them.”
When this project is finished, it can be found on the “Writers’ Centre” website.