Students and staff at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University together with Kelly McCaughrain (Children's Writing Fellow and great friend of Fighting Words NI) have made these wonderful ‘tiny masterclasses’ which focus on all aspects of creative writing, to help and inspire young writers.
Flash Fiction with Kelly McCaughrain
Kelly McCaughrain shows us how we can tell stories in just a few words, that leave our readers wanting more.
I Remember... with Sam Thompson
Sam Thompson shares a very useful exercise if you ever get stuck for something to write. 'I remember' is a great way to start telling a story that only you can tell.
People Watching with Shahminee Selvakannu
Shahminee leads us through a useful exercise for collecting and building up characters - people watching!
Soundmaps: with Andrew Rahal
Andrew makes a sound map of his backyard, and tells us how we might use the sounds around us in our own stories or poems.
Food: with Cara Marks
Cara reads two poems about food, and asks us to think about how food is described and enjoyed (or not!) in poems and stories.
Point of View: with Carmel O'Reilly
Carmel shares some stories told from different points of view, and shows how each perspective gives us different ways to understand a character or tell a story.
Odes: with Milena Williamson
Milena reads 'Ode to My Socks' by Pablo Neruda, and shares some tips for writing your own poems about the people, places, (and socks) that you love.
Visit the Seamus Heaney Centre at https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/seamus-heaney-centre/resources/SHCXFightingWords/