Research, Writing & Publishing Workshops
› Travel Writing: Destinations Lesser KnownBurkina Faso, Azerbaijan, Macedonia and St. Kitts and Nevis: can you point to any of these countries on a map? In this workshop, students will research a lesser-known country, learning about its population, customs and local attractions. After gathering their research, they will create a travel article, promoting the country that they have learned about. Travel-lovers unite as we make Djibouti the ‘Must Visit’ destination of 2014!
Special Workshop: Writing & Drama
› What's He Building in There?A picturesque neighbourhood: white picket fences, pies cooling on window sills, children scribbling in chalk on the sidewalk. All is idyllic. Except for one house. The neighbours whisper and gossip about it; the children dare each other to see who can get the closest before running back in fear. The question on everybody’s lips is, “What’s he building in there?” Inspired by Tom Waits’ song of the same name, students in this creative writing and performance poetry workshop will develop writing as well as drama and public speaking skills as they speculate about a mystery house, create their own spoken word pieces, and then practise and record them.
Special Workshop: Board Game + Writing
› Play & Write: Demigods & Dungeons (Ages 8-11)
Percy, Annabeth and Grover aren't the only demigods around--and they're certainly not the only ones to go on epic adventures. In our latest creative writing and board game workshop in collaboration with Press Start Hong Kong
, students will again write to play and play to write. This time, they'll be creating their own demigod heroes to battle the monsters in our custom-designed version of the board game, "Welcome to the Dungeon". Based on the events of the game, they will write profiles of the heroes, warnings to newcomers and of course epic stories to be included in the dungeon's official records, Chronicles of the Dungeon...
› From Plate to Paper (Ages 9-11)Food lovers unite! Meal times aren’t just about filling your bellies (although that is half the fun); they are about getting together with loved ones, sharing stories, and creating memories. In this food writing workshop, students will discuss their favourite (and not-so-favourite) dishes and face the challenge of making their writing as discerning as their palates! They will recount the stories behind their most heart-warming meals, try their hand at being food critics, and consider what it takes to create mouth-watering menus, among others. Pens at the ready and bon appetit!
› Fan Fiction (Ages 11+)Can’t get enough of Hogwarts or Diagon Alley? Don’t think Katniss made the right decision in The Hunger Games? In this summer fan fiction writing workshop, students get a chance to make their favourite characters do things their way or write a new story in the same fictional world! They can alter plots, reincarnate characters and do plenty more. There’s only one rule: it needs to be convincing.
Note: Students must bring at least one book from their chosen series to refer to during class.
Essay Writing Workshops
› Intro to Analysis: Pop Songs (Ages 11+)Learning to read texts carefully is an important skill as students read more complex texts across all subjects. In this workshop, students will be introduced to textual analysis—through pop songs! They will analyse the lyrics of some popular songs, looking at the structure and literary techniques that the songwriters employ to express their feelings and ideas. As they listen, read and analyse, they will also learn to write clear and well-organised essays explaining how the songwriter's choices as a writer make their lyrics compelling.
Creative Writing and Publishing Workshops
› Eat at Your Own Risk!How would the world look if you were a mouse? Imagine a child the size of a hamster getting through rush hour on the MTR! When a baking experiment goes wrong at a neighbourhood bakery, a batch of hungry young customers will shrink and live to tell about it. Listen to these characters describe what it feels like to grow small as they problem solve from a new perspective and try to find their way back to big.
› Independent Writing or Self-Publishing Project
We have had the pleasure of working with a number of dedicated young authors on their independent writing projects and even supporting some to self-publish their books with Green Elephant Books
. These writers work one-on-one with an ECP teacher who serves as their first reader and editor to guide them through the process of revising and editing their manuscripts. While the focus may be on refining and completing a particular project, the primary objective is to support aspiring authors to develop the skills, perspective and mindset for a lifelong writing journey.