S6 Creative Writing Course 2015
We highly recommend Year 4 and Year 5 attending the creative writing course as emphasis on creative writing, structure, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and handwriting are the main components of the English exam.
The Creative Writing Course develops students’ skills, confidence and competence in completing 11+ papers, with a strong focus on creative writing— the latest element to be added to the 11+ exam.
Courses will be taking place at Barleylands Education Suite from Sunday 5th July until Sunday 6th September from 12:00 – 2:00pm.
Within each course students will be introduced to the key skills required within creative writing and these skills will be developed as the course progresses.
Each session will cover a new creative writing element such as:
- Finding a voice
- Using descriptive devices
- The plot mountain
- Short story writing
- Using dialogue
After each session, students will be given a homework task which will cement the skills they have learnt.
At the end of the entire programme students will have the opportunity to have their creative writing published, and will receive a printed copy of their book.
The course will also include a session focusing on other aspects of the 11+ exam paper, covering topics such as; maths, English, non-verbal reasoning and verbal reasoning concepts.
Students will be provided with:
- Step by stop solution strategies
- Practice questions
- Interactive activities
- Follow- up worksheets
Cost: 10 week Creative Writing Course £499
Individual bookings £100 per session.
If you require any further information or would like to book a place, then please contact us as soon as possible.
Creative writing is a form of art, so the more time you have to learn and practice, the better the results on the day of the exam.
- Welcome to the Creative Writing Chalkboard
- Great contributions are being made to the writing blog, including a couple of efforts from students in Years 1, 3 and 4. Well done to those students and to you for your super efforts.
- Write about what you know. Think of a day you have had where you have had a great time, or where you have been disappointed or upset. How did you feel? How would you describe to someone else those feelings? What adjectives and adverbs might you use to describe that event and your emotions? Use those words to help you when you develop your storyline.
- ‘Mind Map’ words – nouns, adjectives and verbs. Try not to Mind Map whole sentences or paragraphs. This is not the idea of Mind Mapping. The idea is to come up with a group or ‘bank’ of words to be able to use in your story. A Mind Map will help provide ideas for sentences and paragraphs that will make sense, because they will relate to each other. Random sentences, patched together, may not.
- With your story structure/format try to imagine you are building a wall of bricks, introducing one layer at a time that connects to the next layer:
- Start with your introduction – create a setting – where is the story taking place? What time of day is it? What’s the weather like? Who are the characters?
- Introduce a problem or issue – What has happened? To whom? How will you describe this action? Build some tension around the problem.
- Resolve the problem – release the tension or suspense. Re-discuss the setting and/or characters. What is happening now?
- Introduce another problem – What has happened? To whom? Describe what is happening in this next stage of action. Build some more tension.
- Create a climax situation – What has happened now? What has changed in the setting? What has happened to the characters? Use powerful words to describe the climax.
- Create a conclusion and resolve the situation. Where is the setting now? What has finally happened to the characters? How does the story end? This can be that the story is resolved in a positive or negative way; or it can be left as a cliffhanger – with the reader not quite knowing what will happen next.
Narrative or creating writing is your chance to let your imagination run wild, but you still need to plan ahead…………..Remember, you are painting a picture with words and the reader doesn’t know what the story is about until it unfolds. You need to paint the picture for them by the way you write.
Use inventive ways to describe what you are thinking about. Write from experience. Use a wide vocabulary.
In story writing there are mostly two types of narrative used. The narrative is the writing style and depends on who is ‘the voice’ of the story.
First person narrative
This is where you, or someone who is the main character is “the voice”or “narrator” and is telling the story. You can tell when reading the story whether this is the case because the language will be “I did this” or “I did that”.
Third person narrative
Is where “the voice” or “narrator” of the story is someone who is not the main character. You can tell this when reading the story because the language will be using Nouns or Pronouns to describe the main characters such as …”Constable Jones was so terrified he took the wrong road to the Castle” or, ….”He was so terrified he took the wrong road to the Castle”.
Think about your composition, paragraph and sentence structure
A good introduction, which is the first paragraph, should introduce one or some of your key characters or points. These will be the main characters or points that will flow through the story.
A key build up – what will happen next and to whom? How will you build up to the middle part of the story? Think about the vocabulary you use, Give your character (s) a challenge. There could be some uncertainty, or risk, to make this part exciting.
The climax of the story – is where the action, or main point of your story is brought to a head. The main part of the story, or turning point, should happen now. You can build up suspense and tension in this part to keep your reader guessing what will happen next.
The ending – will be the last paragraph or paragraphs. Be sure that your conclusion makes some kind of point. This is where you can finish off your story with a happy ending, a sad ending or, an ending with a twist.
Everything you write should be relevant to the plot or storyline.
A paragraph is a group of sentences. These sentences are about the same thing, or follow one another. All of the sentences in a paragraph are related to each other. You need to start a new paragraph every time something, or someone, new is introduced. For example:
1. A new person
2. A different time
3. A new place
4. A new topic
Lastly, paragraphs need to be linked and flow smoothly from one to the next. This can be done by referring back to the paragraph before and using similar language to start the new paragraph. Or, words like Therefore, However, Again, With this in mind, On the Other Hand could be used as link sentences.
Choose appropriate tenses
Think about how your narrative is going to unfold. First person narrative can use past, present and future tenses. Third person narrative generally uses past and present tenses. The tenses will help to create a more vivid picture of the action. Is it happening now? Or when did it happen?
Use apostrophes correctly
Think about all of the grammar you are learning. Where do you use an apostrophe and how? Are the words connected where something belongs? Or, are the words contractions and would be two words if written out?
Use commas and other punctuation to mark grammatical boundaries
In writing one of the worst crimes to be committed is a long long long sentence that has no comma or full stop or any other punctuation and keeps going for five or six lines and becomes very very difficult to read so much so that by the time it finishes the reader is worn out trying to work out where there was a pause and where there should have been a full stop and if there was some question in the sentence and whether or not someone was making a point that needed an exclamation mark and so they gave up and didnt finish reading the paragraph because they were fed up and went to make a cup of tea
I think I have made my point here!! Use punctuation carefully and in the correct places. Is there a pause? Do I need a comma? Is there a question? Do I need a question mark?
Show a clear sense of purpose for the essay
Introduce your characters and then stay with them for your essay. Try not to introduce new, or different, elements to your essay towards the end. This can be confusing for the reader and make the storyline appear disjointed.
Select ideas to inform and engage your reader
What kind of story, or genre, will you write about? Mind map some ideas. If the story line is about “My Day on Mars”, think about nouns, adjectives and verbs that you could use that would relate to the topic.
Use powerful verbs and adjectives for impact
When writing think about (consider) using better (more powerful) verbs to describe what is happening.
For example this sentence sounds fine….
“I walked quickly away from the big house, as the mist and fog was thick and the night began to become dark around me”.
However, the sentence reads much better when you use more powerful verbs and adjectives….
“I sprinted away from the imposing, scary house, as the mist and fog became dense and the darkness of the night closed in around me.”
Use a wide range of vocabulary to keep your work interesting and the reader excited about reading more.
Ensure you write to ‘inform’ your reader
Remember, the reader does not know your storyline; so, you need to keep their interest in the way you describe your characters, places, situations, feelings and the atmosphere.
Creative writing is a wonderful way to explore your own imagination. Everyone can do it!
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