Lockdown Life Creative Writing Workshops – #LiverpoolWrites
You can run ‘Lockdown Life Creative Writing Workshops’ using this suite of free learning resources: Read Now Write Now – #LiverpoolWrites resources
They have been created by author Charlie Lea from Read Now Write Now, and tried and tested in a local secondary school as part of the #LiverpoolWrites 2021 Year of Writing programme. The objectives are to inspire children and young people to express their own voice and articulate their thoughts, interests, and feelings, particularly over lockdown, to themselves and others.
The resources are designed mainly for Key Stage Three students and are adaptable to suit all schools requirements. The aim is for young people to write about themselves and they can present their own story in many different ways: as a narrative; poem/song/rap; diary or postcard as examples.
During sessions young people, working in groups and on their own, take part in games and exercises to help them think about what they want to write about. This includes watching YouTube videos of similar aged people across the world expressing their own voice about life. To further help inspire, the sessions include looking at song writing and how writers such as Paul McCartney, Adele and Olivia Rodrigo write about themselves or a particular theme to connect to their audience.
The sessions also include guidance on using the literary technique of show not tell to help young people make their own stories come alive including how to set a scene, use action and dialogue.
Young people are then encouraged to showcase or exhibit their work: for example in a display in school or at a storytelling event.
Written by author and creative writing tutor Charlie Lea the resource contains a guide to the workshops as well as worksheets, session plans, quizzes, PowerPoints, literary and other examples.
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