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KS3 English: Creative Writing Workshop

24 August @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am BST

£7.50

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Welcome to your Creative Writing Workshop!

Creative writing lessons are often referred to as ‘workshops’, but I suspect we rarely pause to wonder why.

Well, picture a workshop. What tools do you see hanging on the board behind the workbench? A hammer, I bet. Maybe spanners and screwdrivers too. Possibly a few loose nails here and there, some scrappy off-cuts of wood lying on the bench, and maybe something (yet to be completed) held tightly in the vice while the glue dries. There are more tools lurking in drawers and finished projects perching upon shelves. There is a sense of calm here. A sense of possibility and opportunity. Of objects as yet unmade, but soon to be crafted into existence.

But what of the writer’s workshop? If we could make the tools of good writing real objects, what would a creative writing workshop look like? What tools would be hanging behind that work bench? A simile, some plot… maybe bits of alliteration left scattered across the bench? These are the tools of the creative writer (amongst others, which are carefully stored in a toolbox ready for use at a moment’s notice), and with these tools and the right skills we can craft incredible writing. Here too there is a sense of possibility, of opportunity. Of things as yet unmade…

So let’s make those things. In this workshop, we will focus on acquiring new tools, sharpening old ones and developing the skills to use them effectively. We will focus our writing on certain themes, but students will be encouraged to follow their interests and write in whatever form they like – be it poetry, play or prose.

All abilities are welcome, and students need not have done much creative writing before. An expert tutor will be on hand to guide and give feedback in real-time, so students can be sure they will be supported and encouraged – creative writing, after all, can be a scary thing to do!

We have small group sizes (max 10), so everyone has a chance to share their ideas and writing (if they would like to), and there’s plenty of time for discussion and for students to get to know each other. We have students from all around the UK, so there’s a good chance of some friendships being made right across the country!

We will spend some time writing together in our lessons, but students might wish to write in their own time in order to be prepared for the next lesson.

Small group classes

  • These small group lessons will contain no more than 10 students per class. Small groups enable tutors to get to know individual students, tailor teaching to meet group needs and create maximum opportunities for interaction and engagement via cameras, microphones, chat, polls and quizzes (all are optional).
  • Tutors are available online 10 minute before the advertised start time of the lesson. This is a great time to get to know each other, review last week’s learning or have specific questions answered. Students completing all lessons in a topic will receive a certificate congratulating them on their work – these can be useful if evidence is required for schools or local authorities.

Your Tutor

David Martin MA, PGCE

David is a qualified English teacher with a master’s degree in contemporary literature.  He worked in secondary schools for four years before leaving to become a professional tutor. David has been tutoring a range of students for two years now and really loves the opportunity to make a real difference and inspire young minds! He also teaches philosophy lessons and is a co-founder of Tutor Led Learning.

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Details

Date:
24 August
Time:
11:00 am - 11:50 am BST
Cost:
£7.50
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Suggested age group
KS3 - 10+
Lesson dates
Tuesdays @ 11am 03/08, 10/08, 17/08, 24/08