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It’s about the story…

We often get asked about encouraging kids to write stories when they struggle with hand writing or are struggling with other aspects of their literacy. We are also asked why we let kids use their laptops or iPads in our sessions, instead of insisting they use paper and pen. It […]

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Start with a Character

When I was sorting out our games cupboard a couple of years ago, I discovered we had multiple sets of Guess Who type games (one was Guess Who, the others were other brands with the same idea). Each set had cards missing… So, I collected all the cards and added […]

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Let them write

It can be tempting to hover when our kids are writing and correct their spelling and grammar, as well as push them into writing the sort of story we think they should write. One of the best things to do, is to just let your children write whatever they want, […]

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Before You Submit

You have written a fantastic story and you want to submit it to a competition or to be published in an anthology. There are a few things you need to do before you press submit on your story. Remember, don’t submit your first draft, unless the rules specifically say it […]

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Create an Alien

Creating weird and wonderful characters are a great way to kickstart the imagination, especially when you have nothing to base your character on. Aliens are one character that can be explored as you’re not limited by mythology. Some kids will start with a stereotype of a green man from Mars, […]

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How to Read Widely

Last week, we talked about reading widely as a way to improve your writing. This week, we’re sharing some strategies to how to read widely. Whether you’re in a reading rut, or you don’t know where to start to find books outside your usual genre, here are some strategies to […]

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Write Lists

One fun activity to do is to write a list. Writing a list can be a fun warm up activity or can help with planning your story. It can also be a way to move your story forward when you’re completely stuck. Here are a few ideas for lists to […]

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Read Widely

Everyone has their favourite authors, genres, and series of books. It’s easy to stick to those same books and read them over and over. If you ever needed a reason to go beyond your favourite is this: one of the best ways to improve your writing is to read widely. […]

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Write Fan Fiction

Fan fiction is writing a story using the characters and settings from a TV show, movie, or book. A lot of young, and older, writers write fan fiction. These are often short stories based on the writers favourite fictional universe, and they are a lot of fun to write. If […]

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Where to find ideas

One question that comes up time and time again is: Where do ideas come from? The simple answer is – they come from all sorts of places! Some of them are: Dreams – every now and again, do you wake up in the morning after a particularly good dream and think That […]

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