Reading-based writing workshops
› Chapter Chasers: Novel Study & AnalysisCurling up with a good book can be pure enjoyment in itself, but fully understanding and interpreting a story means more than just racing to the finish. In this workshop, students will do close readings of one or more selected texts and discuss key elements together, with particular focus on analysing characters, relating to themes, and identifying writing techniques used by the authors. Students will do both creative and essay writing, as well as learn new vocabulary and practise using it!
Essay Writing Workshops
› Issues in Fiction (Ages 12-14)While fictional texts are often written to engage and entertain readers, many also raise important questions and issues facing our society today. Reading fiction then offers an opportunity to begin discussions with students about important issues and relate the stories to what they know or can learn about in the real world. In this workshop, students will read and discuss excerpts from works of fiction as a springboard to explore various contemporary issues. As they discuss and analyse, they will learn how to write about these issues, explaining what they know, asking questions they'd like answered, and sharing experiences and opinions of their own.
During the summer, different texts will be studied each week, so students can sign up for multiple weeks without repeating material.
› Fiction Analysis Plus (Ages 11-13)Learning to read fiction texts carefully is an important skill as students read more complex texts across all subjects. In this introduction to textual analysis, students learn to identify a writer’s purpose and tone and analysing the techniques and strategies that a writer employs to achieve his or her purpose. In this "Intro to Fiction Analysis Plus " workshop, students will consider these techniques as both readers and writers. They will explain their analysis in structured paragraphs responses and essays and try their hand at applying some of these techniques and strategies to writing pieces of their own.
Creative Writing and Publishing Workshops
› Going for Gold
A quick look at the headlines during the Olympics or World Cup reveals that the world of competitive sports is filled with as much drama and heartache as any epic journey. Whether or not athletes are playing at the international level, the winners’ list never tells the whole story. Behind that one moment are countless hours of training and preparation. Individuals and teams going for the gold medal need to juggle friends, family and school, as well as their coach’s expectations. Students in this creative writing and publishing workshop will read and analyse examples of sports stories as they weave together the trials and tribulations of their own characters’ athletic journeys.
Book published from this workshop
› The Trumpet: Creative Magazine PublishingStudents in these creative writing and magazine publishing workshops will be key contributors to ECP’s magazine, The Trumpet! Over the term, students will focus on four particular writing skills and write different text types, such as stories, newspaper articles and poems. They will revise and edit all of their pieces, but select their two favourites for publication in the magazine, which will be published in print!
(For ages 6-11)
› 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.