Read lots. Write lots. There is a real benefit to making freewriting a frequent, even daily, habit. The more you write, the more fluent you become. Confidence grows. And you are likely to find yourself playing, experimenting. Freewriting is for you alone. You can write whatever you wish. It can be freeing in many ways. … Continue reading Writing freely
Jamb-friend: A jamb is a supporting timber, of course, which makes a jamb-friend an early 19th-century word for a friend with whom you could quite happily sit by a fireside talking and relaxing well into the early hours. In the UK we are nearing the time when we will be able to meet with others face … Continue reading Jamb-friends
When I write …
Take a moment to reflect on what you know about writing. Make a cup of tea, if you like, or pour something stronger into a glass. Sit (or stand) and freewrite for ten minutes. Keep going for longer, if you have the energy and the will. Start with the words “When I write … “ or … Continue reading When I write …
Today it is all about touch: about hot and cold, about rough and smooth; slimy or dry; crispy or silky. Make a list of words that are all about the touch of things, the texture of things, the heat and shape of things. Now let’s freewrite. Here are some sentence starters to get you going: walking … Continue reading In touch
Back to nature
We're going back to nature for the next week... or maybe longer if we really get into our groove. People talk about having a teacher 'toolbox' and all kinds of formulas and tricks for teaching writing, usually involving some complicated acronyms and pretty rigid approaches. Nature is my toolbox! It can provide enough inspiration to … Continue reading Back to nature
What’s all the fuss about freewriting? You may have noticed that many of our writing prompts include the use of freewriting. But what is it and why do we think it’s important? Imagine you want to run a marathon. You can’t just turn up on the day and hope for the best, you need to … Continue reading
Who are we?
A pair of educators, passionate about writing and reading. We are forever plotting projects designed to celebrate English, the language and the literature. We want children and teachers to discover for themselves how reading and writing, talk and drama have an important place in their lives. We would like everyone to be able to take … Continue reading Who are we?
It feels like a very long time since I’ve been in anyone’s home other than mine. I’ve learnt that it is very possible to be homesick for other people’s homes! But inside my head and in my writing there are lots of familiar places that I like to visit. One of my favourite picture books … Continue reading Houses
Points of view
A little technical challenge today. You need something to write with and something to write on. We’re going to do five minutes of freewriting about what you did yesterday or this morning; describe in as much detail as possible. Write in first person, using ‘I’ and ‘we’. Try and find something to time yourself. Go! … Continue reading Points of view
This is your life
Last year I stumbled across this collection of belongings at a car boot sale. As soon as I saw the black cardboard box, my mind was racing with questions and my heart was thumping at the thought of somebody's precious belongings ending up under a pile of junk on a 50p stall. Of course, I … Continue reading This is your life