Saturday, 16 November 2013

Winter Tales: Creative Writing for Kids 3

Following on from the popular Creative Writing for Kids 1 & 2, I decided the next one should be themed around Winter. This gives me the excuse to indulge my love of all things snowy and to have lots of fun with Christmas and New Year ideas too.

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.
Cantankerous kittens
No cat food
Broken house
Bells and baubles
A little bed
Naughty claws

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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Friday, 8 November 2013


Big red phone,
Receiver heavy in my little hand,
Hard to hold steady,
Or understand,
The deepened, dark, night-time voice,
Was my grandfather.

How confusing for a small child,
To hear a much-loved voice,
Contorted by the line.

Stretched between here and there,
Linking what we know and what we remember.
These days, I'm too small to lift the receiver.
It rings in another room.

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