Trading Places
While many kids can't wait to become adults, there are many grown-ups who wish they could turn back time. Inspired by Amy Swartz's Bea and Mr. Jones, students in this creative writing and publishing workshop will create their own adult and child characters and explore what happens when they trade places. From snack time and recess to business meetings and conference calls, students will enjoy walking around in someone else’s shoes and will experiment with writing from two different perspectives.
Learning objectives

Specific to this workshop:

  • Primary focus on character and setting
  • Introduction to perspective and situational humour
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including using storyboards, considering the effect of the setting on the characters' actions, using contrast 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 booklet for a real audience
Creative Writing & Publishing

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For children aged
8 to 10
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