There are a mixture of exercises including story writing, poetry and general creative literacy, such as letter writing. There are also two full-length projects, The Christmas Play and The Journey to Winter’s End.
A lot of the exercises have example answers and advice to help children tackle the activities. The emphasis is on having fun, rather than treating it like school work.
All the exercises are flexible and can be used by children of different ages and abilities.
This book is suitable for children aged 7+.
Winter Tales is available in the UK and the US and will be out in paperback soon.
I have two extracts here. One is a short story-starter an the other is part of the book project, Journey to Winter's End. Feel free to use them and enjoy, but please respect the copyright!
Six line stories: Cantankerous Kittens
You are going to write a story in only six sentences. Using the ideas below, make a proper little story with a beginning, middle and end. And don’t cheat by making your sentences extra long!
Try to use at least three of the ideas below in your six line story.
No cat food
Bells and baubles
A little bed
Book Project: Journey to Winter’s End
We are going to write a book together, called Journey to Winter’s End. Don’t panic, you won’t be writing the whole thing!
Winter’s End is a big old house in the country. It used to be the local manor house but has been empty for a long time. Now it is being repaired and put up for sale. Your main characters go there, searching for proof it should really belong to them. They have to find the proof before Winter’s End is sold and lost to them forever.
Firstly, you need to create some characters. Think of two main characters then decide if they will be boys or girls. Choose names and start to think about what kind of personalities they might have.
Here is an example to give you some ideas. If you like, use this as one of your characters and then create another yourself.
Barney is 9 years old and very big for his age. He is clumsy and likes to play football indoors. He has messy brown hair and shouts a lot.
Do you see how I have described Barney in both looks and personality? Now you have a clear idea of what Barney is like and can imagine some of the things he might do!
Once you have two main characters, you can either write more about them or move onto the next exercise.
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