I was back in Fortismere School again recently as their Patron Of Reading. This is a fantastic scheme where an author visits a school regularly over a period of time, working to spread a love of reading and books. I agreed with the brilliant school librarian Gill Ward to work on reading with Year 7, and writing with Year 8.
I did a creative writing workshop with Year 8 last term, in which they came up with ideas for a story. This term, I asked them to bring in some writing they were already working on, and to look at ways of improving it. We talked about elements of stories including characters and places, and what you can do to get to know them better.
We also talked about research, and I showed them some images that I'd found useful while writing Phoenix, including this one of an Astrolabe:
There was lots of great writing going on, and I'm looking forward to working with Year 8 again next term! In the meantime, here's a link to some writing tips I've done on this blog, which I hope will be helpful. And I'm looking forward to returning to Fortismere on World Book Day (March 3rd), when I'll be talking to Year 7 again about reading!