It’s a Monsterful Life
Alice tumbles through a rabbit hole and is taken on an unexpected tour of Wonderland. But what if you woke up one morning and found yourself in Monsterland? Students in this workshop write about human characters that do exactly that, and the adventures they have as they befriend some monsters and learn all about their monsterful lives!
Learning objectives
Specific to this workshop:
  • Primary focus on setting and plot development
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including world creation, sensory description, wordplay in naming conventions, plot planning, developing a primary side character and using dialogue to show personality
As writers:
  • Write with confidence and independence
  • Become aware of the disconnect between what the writer knows/imagines and what the reader knows if it’s not written down
  • Express ideas with detail
  • Slow down to elaborate each part of a story fully
  • Follow a simple story structure
  • Sequence ideas logically and step-by-step
  • Use vocabulary that they know in their writing
  • Improve writing skills through individualised feedback from the teacher
  • Correct identified technical errors in their work to prepare writing to be published
As learners:
  • Develop creativity and collaboration through a workshop environment
  • Develop grit and perseverance by working on a challenging and long-term writing project
  • Develop time and project management skills to see a project through to completion
  • 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
6 to 8
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