Story-Making Workshops

Bookings are now open to all schools for November 2023 - June 2024 workshops.

 

Our creative writing workshops are for everybody, from the loudest voices in the class to the quietest. Our simple yet revolutionary model encourages participation from even the most reluctant writers, as well as incorporating the ideas and enthusiasm from the most voracious readers.

Here's some things you should know before you book your workshop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoom workshops take place on Tuesday mornings and afternoons.

In-person workshops take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays, mornings or afternoons, in our Connswater Shopping Centre writing space.

Every contribution is celebrated, whimsy is welcome and there’s no such thing as a bad idea!
Every child leaves a published writer with their first title under their belt.

We believe that everyone is creative, everyone has important things to share and that stories are best told in the unique voice of the writer. The children already have everything they need to write a good story, but a healthy dose of magic dust can help the process along. The magic dust is our volunteers, who provide focused attention, encouragement and support to help every child to have a fun and rewarding experience of story-making.

 

How do I book a workshop?
Choose a date and time that suits your schedule and book via our Calendly calendar:

 

What do I need to participate in a Zoom workshop?
A computer or laptop with a microphone, speakers and camera.
An internet connection and ability to open Zoom.
A classroom screen.
Pencils and paper.
A group of primary-school children with any level of enthusiasm for writing stories, from zero to 100%!

If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing outreach@fightingwords.co.uk

 

What kind of workshops are available?
There are two models to choose from, all available either online or in-person:

  • Story-making workshop: students will be guided through an exploration of the basic elements of a story, deciding what they want to write about as they go and transforming a blank page into a completely new and original story-beginning.
  • Time-capsule workshop: starting with watching a short animation, students will discover a time capsule hidden by children 100 years ago. The treasures inside will inspire stories about what life was like then, what it’s like now and how it might be in another 100 years. This workshop is best suited to P.5, 6 and 7.

 

What does a workshop* look like?

The workshop begins with an ice-breaker of introducing everyone with their name and their favourite story (which can be a book, movie, TV show, song, comic or video game). There is then a creative brainstorming session to come up with original ideas and decide which to use in their story. (It'll look something like this!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the group collaboratively builds Chapter One sentence by sentence as it is typed up on a screen. While they are working, an artist brings their chapter to life with an illustration. (This is what goes up in our Library of Stories on our website!)

Once the start of the story has been created collectively, the children have the opportunity to write the next part by themselves. Each child is encouraged to take the story in the direction they want, and are free to write or draw whatever they imagine. The goal is for them to be creative without the pressure of worrying about rules like spelling or grammar. Volunteer mentors will help them during this time, including scribing if needed.

At the end of the workshop, the children have the opportunity to share their chapter twos. We will also take the time to show them their chapter one published on the website, and our artists illustration.