The Bradon Forest Library, in conjunction with the English department, organised a day long writers workshop for the whole of Year 7. The workshop took place on Tuesday 7 December and involved four completely different writers who led four separate sessions on a carousel format. All 220 students got to try out non-fiction, illustrating, ‘writing to entertain’ and poetry.
Brian Clegg is a non-fiction science writer. He guided the student through the process of writing specific non-fiction including the purpose, audience and research techniques. They then had a proof-reading exercise and discussed marketing and how to get your book noticed.
Karin Littlewood is an award winning illustrator who has produced many children’s books. The students worked through the process of illustrating and had the chance to work on their own drawings.
Ash Dickinson is a young poet, writer and comedy performer. He is a multiple ‘slam’ champion and has performed at a wide variety of festivals. He entertained the students with his crowd pleasing ‘slams’ before they wrote and shared their own poems.
Dave Smith is a comedy writer who has done ‘stand up’ as well as writing for various publications. He worked through the different outlets for writing before teaching various tools for writing humour. The students then had to identify those tools from various examples, and then had a go at writing something funny themselves!
The purpose of the day was to get the students thinking about different styles of writing, widen their experience of the variety to read and inspire them to try their and write own!
Jill Kelly, head of English, said; "It was a really interesting and varied day with something for everyone. The contributors enjoyed the day too. Win – win!"
Karen Fernandez, one of the English teachers who helped co-ordinate the day said; "The whole of Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed their day and gained a great deal from it."