The Great Escape
The world of children's literature abounds with stories about mice and rats who find themselves on the run: Runaway Ralph escapes from the perils of a school classroom; the Mouse uses his wits to evade the terrible tusks and terrible teeth of the Gruffalo; and Fievel and his friends head across the ocean to a dream land free of cats "where the streets are paved with chee-eese". Students in this creative writing and publishing workshop create their own mousey character(s)--and the nemesis out to get them--and then plan and plot the details of their great escape! This course will run for 7 group sessions, followed by a one-on-one session for each student to provide additional support as they revise and edit their story to be published.
Learning objectives
Specific to this workshop:
  • Primary focus on character, setting and plot development
  • Introduction to anthropomorphic characters
  • Consider perspective based on a character's size and experience
  • Design a specific setting
  • Develop an antagonist character with a clear motivation
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including using storyboards, considering the effect of the setting on the characters' actions, slowing down the action to heighten the drama, 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 booklet for a real audience
Creative Writing & Publishing

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For children aged
8 to 10
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