The Writer’s Club in Term 2: Living Statues

07 Apr

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Now in its fourth year, The Writer’s Club is an after school writing program that develops both creative thinking and writing skills in a fun, positive, club like atmosphere.

 

The Writer’s Club runs at two venues:

  • Oakleigh Primary School @ 4.15 – 5.30pm on Wednesdays for children in Gr. 2 -6
  • St David’s Uniting Church :Parkdale @ 4.30 – 5.45pm on Mondays for children in Gr. 4-6

The Writer’s Club @ Oakleigh

This year, we have one multi-age group with our Juniors (Grades 2 – 3) and Seniors (Grades 4 – 6) attending at 4.15 – 5.30pm. With myself and another teacher on board, we break into smaller workshop groups for sharing and to to focus on particular skills and concepts. These groups are determined by interest, need and age. There are times when it’s appropriate for the Junior and Senior groups to work independently. We trialled our multi age groups in term 1 and found the format worked successfully.

The Writer’s Club @ Parkdale

In term 2, we have one group in Parkdale for students in Grades 4 – 6. We do allow interested and enthusiastic children Year 3 to join this group. (Please email first to check criteria for younger students.)

Our Philosophy

Our goal is to encourage club members to explore their unique storytelling style and voice. Children have the time and space to experiment with a variety of genres and writing techniques while developing creativity and confidence.We support club members every step of way with effective strategies and tecniques to scaffold learning and enable them to experience success. Class sizes are limited to 16 to allow for lots of interaction and sharing of our work.

 

What Can You Expect?

At The Writer’s Club, you will:

  • Be challenged to grow and build your self confidence as a writer.
  • Exercise your creativity and imagination – they are muscles too!
  • Participate in a range of activities designed to inspire creativity and foster writing skills and self expression.
  • Meet and share your writing talent ( and ideas) with lots of new friends.
  • Develop the essential skills of creative writing in a fun and supportive environment.
  • Be engaged in the writing process from drafting to workshopping and publication
  • Have the opportunity to publish pieces of writing on our blog/website as well as entering writing competitions.

 

Term 2, 2014 @ The Writer’s Club : Living Statues – Bringing Your Story To Life!

What happens when you take a statue and bring it to life in a story? During Term 2 at ‘The Writer’s Club’, you’ll write, edit and publish your own original short story. It’s easier than you think! We’ll use an age old storytelling technique called ‘The Rule of 3′ to help us plan and plot our story. (Believe me, this will change the way you approach your writing!) We’ll explore all the essential elements of a great short story. Along the way, you’ll discover how to:

  • create a setting
  • develop characters
  • plot and plan a story
  • write great beginnings and endings
  • build tension
  • use imagery and descriptive language to add important details
  • make you adjectives and verbs sing

 

Each week, you’ll complete a part of your story, until finally your tale is complete. So join us this term as we develop amazing characters and spin a little storytelling and writing magic!

Cost:

The cost of the term is $150 for 6 workshops. Places in The Writer’s Club are now booked online.   Your child’s place is confirmed through this booking.

 

Workshop 1. Enter The Gallery of Living Statues


Join me for a tour of the Gallery of Living Statues.  You’ll meet some new still life ‘friends’. The mysterious. The historical. The gentle. The totally wacky! They can all be found here and each statue will have a unique story to tell. Which images catch your eye? Which statues whisper your name? Which statues have a story just for you? We’ll try our hand at a series of writing exercises designed to ignite your creativity and allow you to explore this range of very interesting characters.

Workshop 2. Decisions. Decisions.


Decisions. Decisions. A writer’s life is full of decisions! Which statue will you choose to inspire the main character of your story? And what aspects of the statue will you use? Are you intrigued by your character’s face or their stance? You might create an original character or perhaps your character will resemble their counterpart but you’ll mix things up a little. Think ‘The Statue of Liberty’ meets the Super Hero genre! Then, it’s down to the business of creating a visual character map. After all you and your main character are going to spend a good deal of time together – you had better get acquainted!

Workshop 3. Plot and Plan.


This week, we’ll call in The Rule of 3 to work its magic. (You will recognise this narrative structure in many of your favourite stories). Are you a planner or a ‘fly by the pants’ writer? Either way, this age old narrative structure will help get your story started. By now you’ll have your character and setting. You’ll know what your character looks like and how they usually behave. You may even have an idea of their particular weakness. Using the tools of the trade, ( think mind maps/ story boards/ Post It Notes…) we’ll plot a series of events, plan the rising tension and create a cliffhanging climax! Your character is in for the ride of their life.

Workshop 4. B and E’s : (Beginning and Endings)


A good story hook will set your story off on a rollicking pace. Anyone for Story Beginnings Bingo? We’ll explore six sensational ways to start your story and you’ll choose the one that works best for your story. There will be time to play and workshop your ideas. Then we’ll look at what options you have for your story ending. Happy? Sad? Ironic? Armed with this information, there’ll be no ‘And then I woke up’ endings around here! A little  story twist always comes in handy here.

Workshop 5. Writing Small: Imagery and Descriptive Language


This session will include a short workshop and a period of quiet writing time so you can get lost in your imagination. What details can you add to your story? Your words need to paint pictures in the minds of your readers so adding small details can make your writing authentic and real. Literary examples will inspire us and we’ll think about what details might be important for our stories.

Workshop 6. Make Your Adjectives and Verbs Sing!


This session will include a short workshop and a period of quiet writing time so you can work on your story. Our workshop today will focus on how to choose your words carefully. A mouse can eat cheese or nibble cheese? Which verb is more effective? Look at your story – where can you make changes to make your verbs sing? Let’s get our verbs and adjectives working hard for us!

And Finally…

On the last night for the term, parents are invited to a reading where our young writers share a part of their story. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to email me at beth@writeawaywithme.com

BOOK  A PLACE IN THE WRITER’S CLUB TODAY

 

Flip The Switch!

31 Mar

 

Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me posts a writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.

Often we approach writing tasks in a similar way. We rely on our bank of favourite words. We stay in our usual style groove. Perhaps it’s time to flip the switch. (I love a writing activity that forces us to try something new!) Continue reading →

An Underwater Writing Prompt!

24 Mar

 

Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me will post a writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.

Lately I’ve become a little obsessed with collecting images of statues so I thought I’d share this obsession with you. Here’s are some images of underwater staues to inspire your students’ writing this week. Continue reading →

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The Character Hall Of Fame

17 Mar

Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me will post a writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.

In the course of a week, I meet all sorts of young writers. There are some children who dive confidently into any writing activity, ideas spilling out effortlessly onto their page. (I certainly envy them!) But for some children, the ideas do not flow so freely. Under pressure, they’re tempted to recycle characters and plots from their favourite books and movies or even borrow an original idea from the person sitting next to them. Instead of being fun, the writing process becomes a great source of frustration.  Continue reading →

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Action Verb Poetry

10 Mar

Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me will post a writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.

Action verbs bring a story to life and paint vivid word pictures. But it’s important to encourage young writers to choose the verb that really matches the action they want to describe. For example, mice nibble rather than eat. When it comes to action verbs, there are lots of exciting choices:

  • Run or sprint or jog.
  • Laugh or giggle or squeal.
  • Yell or scream.
  • Hit or punch or slap.

This writing activity encourages team work, builds word knowledge, explores parts of speech and creates interesting word lists! It takes about fifteen minutes and can be adapted to any topic.

Level 1

In this writing activity, children choose a noun and then write six verbs associated with this noun. A sentence to expand on the subject (the original noun) completes the poem. That’s level one.

Here’s an example using the noun – Magic

 

Magic

Devinate

Charm

Confuse

Reincarnate

Float

Craft

I love creating mischief with magic

Level Two:

Level Two is a little harder. Children are divided into teams and are given the same noun to use for their poem. For each original verb they have, they recieve a point. They need to really stretch their brains and extend their word knowledge.

Happy writing this week!

After 25 years teaching experience, from Early Childhood to VCE, Beth Cregan combined her passion for books, writing and storytelling to launch ‘Write Away With Me’. Now in its fourth year, Write Away With Me offers a wide range of original and creative storytelling and writing workshops across Victoria. Our high energy workshops cover a wide range of writing styles/genres and a flexible approach, means we can tailor the experience to match the needs of your students and your school. Interested in booking a workshop for your class? Check out our range of storytelling and writing workshops today! Workshops for secondary classes and professional development are also available.

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