Complicated Companions
Many boys and girls dream of having a pet of their own, be it a puppy, a hamster—or a dragon. In this workshop, students will read and write stories about characters that acquire unusual creatures and try to keep them as pets. For any pet, adapting to a new home and owner can be a difficult process. As these pets create more and more chaos, the characters must make some tough choices about what is best for themselves and their complicated companions.
Learning objectives
Specific to this workshop:
  • Primary focus on character and plot development
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including story arcs, storyboards, writing dramatic scenes rather than narrative summaries, using exaggeration for effect, and showing characters' personalities through their thoughts, reactions and dialogue.
As a writer:
  • Be introduced to ECP process of writing, revising and publishing a story
  • Stretch creative thinking and take creative risks
  • Express ideas with detail and specificity
  • Slow down to elaborate each part of a story fully
  • Improve writing skills through individualised feedback from the teacher
  • Revise writing for continuity, consistency and focus
  • Practise proofreading skills and correct identified technical errors in their work to prepare writing to be published
As a learner:
  • Develop creativity and collaboration through a workshop environment
  • Learn to look at own work critically and consider how to improve it
  • Learn to be open to and respond to constructive feedback
  • Gain confidence as a writer by writing and publishing a story in a book for a real audience
Creative Writing & Publishing

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For children aged
8 to 10
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