September – December 2015

‘People and Places’

How to write vivid, well crafted pieces with a sense of style!

Real authors agree that a good story must have five 'P's: plot, perspective, people, places and a point of view. Our latest course is entitled ‘People and Places.’

As many of you will have noticed, when young students write stories they have a tendency to race through the action to get to the climax! They often show us what characters are doing but they frequently omit important information about the environment in which the action is happening – as a result, readers can find it difficult to envision the setting.  It is not easy for young writers to understand the need to slow down and stretch out each ‘scene’ in a story, or to flesh out these same scenes with descriptive sensory details, which can add so much life and energy to the characters and the mood of the story.

In this course students will learn to describe people and places in new and exciting ways. They will learn to observe closely and they will be asked to make notes (entries) about people, and places they know. Students will collect multiple entries, and they will go on to use this ‘data’ to write short ‘real time’ stories, written in the present tense, in which they themselves become the main characters.

This course will be very much about generating text, building stamina and fluency, learning how to use sensory details effectively, and, developing a writing habit

Skills and strategies to be taught during the course:

1. How to use a writer’s notebook effectively.

2. How to make entries that matter.

3. How to develop entries into paragraphs.

4. How to develop paragraphs into real life ‘story scenes’.

5. How to use sensory details to draw readers into the scene/setting.

6. How to use specific, important details, to ‘stretch’ out story scenes.

7. How to zoom in on a setting and ‘reveal’ it slowly to the reader.

8. How to weave dialogue, action and details into settings by using Show Not Tell.

9. How to use ‘just right’ words to show emotions – students will be introduced to, and encouraged to use, a more sophisticated vocabulary to describe emotions.

10. How to use simile and metaphor to enhance the reading experience.

Registration is now open for our September courses. Please complete an application from and send it to us (as a pdf file) by Friday 21st August at latest. N.B. several classes are already quite full! If you need a space for your child do get in touch as soon as possible.


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