The calendars we have made in our writing club combine words and visual images. We prioritise the words and create images later. We have often chosen simple painting and pattern making techniques -wax resist, collage with objects and collage using paper. You will have many ideas about what medium to choose. We have not yet … Continue reading Start with the image
We have had fun writing and drawing on cardboard. There is usually quite a lot of cardboard around – thin card from food packaging and stouter card from boxes. One of the good things about a cardboard box is that its corners provide an instant hinge. We made simple house books, some cut flat and … Continue reading Cardboard
The truth finally is out. If you don’t already know this funny, lop-sided, unexpected book, seek it out. One of us found a copy in a charity shop. The other one was very jealous! Father Christmas The Truth is written and illustrated by Gregoire Solotareff. This is the ultimate guide to the mysteries of Father Christmas. … Continue reading Father Christmas: The Truth
You may now have a name and a character to fit the name. You may have a story bubbling in your head. Take a moment to think about where the story happens. A lot is written about settings and how you have to describe te place in detail, blah, blah, blah. In fact, when you … Continue reading Where did it happen?
Sometimes the best ideas for writing come from drawing. When you start drawing you find that words start popping into your head and suddenly you've built a whole picture, a whole story. I've been reading a book called 'Flights of Fancy', which was actually a present from Jeni (she's very good at choosing books). There … Continue reading Shape game
Today is earth day. This year, the day marks fifty years since the founding of the environmental movement in 1970. So we thought you might like to write for the earth. Write what you love about the earth and its creatures. Write a praise song. Give thanks. It’s a list! You could begin each line … Continue reading Earth day
It’s a day for drawing and writing. Draw first, then just ten minutes writing. Today’s the day for drawing the wheels that get you around. Do you have a bike, or a scooter, a wheelchair or roller skates? Do you like to ride in the family car or go by bus? Draw your favourite wheeled … Continue reading Wheels
Sometimes it is good to make up a story and tell it to someone. You don’t always have to write your stories down. Why don’t you make a little story folder with pockets? You can draw characters and some props and scenery and pop them in the pockets of your folder. Then you can use … Continue reading Story pockets
Ten minutes a day I think it is time to get writing. Writing has special powers. It is a kind of magic. It can make you feel happy and it can help you sort things out. You can share it with others or keep it to yourself. Writing can surprise you, even when you think … Continue reading Ten minutes a day -again!
I am thinking that writing club should happen everywhere now. You can write alone or you can write with others. I am thinking that each day you could find a slot for writing. Why not start with a drawing and then write for ten minutes. Set the timer. If you want to keep writing after … Continue reading Ten minutes a day