Last of the Great
Fantasy stories from Lord of the Rings to The Chronicles of Narnia have captured readers’ imaginations for years, and people have long had a fascination with finding and observing amazing creatures in the wild. In this workshop, students will create characters who embark on a journey to a faraway place, in search of the last of a great and remarkable species. Will they fulfill their dreams and what might they encounter along the way?
Learning objectives

Specific to this workshop:

  • Understand the specific genre and characteristics of fantasy stories through reading, discussion and analysis of model texts
  • Primary focus on world creation, plot and character development
  • Explore how to develop a cast of characters that complement each other
  • Consider how setting can help to drive plot and character development
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including how to show different characters' personalities, effectively utilise elements of a fantastical world, and pace a quest story

As writers:

  • Develop more complex characters and use a variety of techniques to portray them
  • Develop more complex plots with consistency and logic
  • Make use of research to write convincingly
  • Experiment with new techniques, devices and structure
  • Understand genre characteristics and conventions to stay within the given genre
  • Improve writing skills through individualised feedback from the teacher
  • Consider the purpose and relevance of each part
  • Edit their writing to keep the reader engaged
  • Learn to provide constructive peer feedback
  • Refine proofreading and editing skills 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 by writing and publishing a story in a book for a real audience
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For children aged
10 to 1213 Up
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