Able Writers explore the wider world of writing

Able Writers from Years 3-6 took part in a very special workshop on Monday 11 March, as screenwriter and author Andy Briggs came in to discuss the wider world of writing and to expand the pupils' perceptions from music, films, games and literature.

St George's Junior School pupils were joined by children from visiting schools Cardinal Newman, Holy Family, St James and St Charles Borromeo.

One of the key aims of the workshop was to encourage the pupils to see writing as something enjoyable and not a chore.

Andy Briggs talked about some of the books he has written and explained to the children how he travelled 3000 miles into the Congo Jungle just so that he could smell a gorilla and ride an elephant, which he could then write about in one of his Tarzan books.

Mr Briggs explored the fundamentals of storytelling with the children, as well as focusing on structure and characters. 

Max and Orla had a lot of fun listening to Andy's stories, saying: "It was really interesting and funny to hear how Andy smelt gorillas and rode elephants to help him write Tarzan! We learnt that when we don’t know what to write about we can look back into what we have done and make our stories weird and wonderful!"

The pupils then embarked on writing their own creative stories, working in groups to generate ideas, overcome writer's block and create an original and wacky piece of literature.

Olivia and Sadie said it was "fascinating to hear how Andy got the inspiration for his stories," and that they "loved writing their own creative stories."

11 March 2019

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