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New members welcome! We will be working on entries for the Rotary Club's Young Writer Competition at our next meeting on Wednesday 1st March. There are two age categories (11 - 13 and 14 - 17) with cash prizes for winners.
Members, here are the first drafts of the stories, completed so far. Please read them all and leave any comments you have about them prior to the illustrator workshop on Friday 12th December.
Following on from the success of The Reader, the club, now expanded with some new members, has begun a new team writing project; a series of children's books about a group of Camper Vans. The idea has come from a commission from the family of one of the club members, now in Year 11, who have a business called Rainbow Camper Hire in Keswick. Pupils are working in small groups to write seven individual but inter-linking stories about each of the vans.
Next meeting: Thursday 8th January 2015
Friday 12th December
The club worked with illustrator, Liz Million, to decide how to use pictures to accompany the stories.
Tuesday 17th June
The club visited the vans!
Wednesday 11th June
Members worked in groups, using the ideas generated in the last session, to plan the individual story for each van. It's looking good!
Wednesday 21st May
The club worked with Dave Cryer to think about developing the characters of the vans in order to write character based stories. There were also discussions about the problems that could feature in each story and how the vans could overcome this.
Meeting: 5th February 2014
Writers are always looking for inspiration and where better to look than in the news?
The news is full of colorful characters, from the lowliest criminal to the most glamorous celebrity.
Stuck for a plot? Why not use an idea based on something which has really happened to give your story an air of authenticity?
Newspapers could also give you ideas on settings you might not have considered.
The news is jam-packed with starting points for creative writing ideas, all you need to do is season it with a little imagination and you could have a great story.
We have looked at some headlines (see below) and thought about how we could turn news into fiction. Please add your own ideas or comments about the suggestions made.
A writer has allowed his diary, written when he was a teenager, to be published, despite now being ashamed of it.
A story on the theme of shame. What makes someone feel ashamed? What would they do to conceal it and how would they react to someone finding out?
Someone finds / reads a diary which contains a shameful secret. What will they do?
Someone who has never known their mother / father finds a diary written by them. It reveals things they didn't know about their parent. How do they react?
Someone who works in a publishing house discovers an anonymous diary and publishes it. It becomes a famous bestseller and several people come forward to claim that it is their to try and cash in. Whose diary is it?
Have you got any ideas? Please add them!
Council officials threatened to suspend a lollipop man for high-fiving students, saying that he wasn't giving his full attention to the road. He has quit the job meaning there is now no-one helping the children cross the road.
A child gets run over. Who is to blame?
The pupils try to stop him resigning.
Tell the story from the point of view of the man's son or wife.
Have you got any ideas? Please add them!
A huge amount of art, taken by the Nazis before and during the Second World War has been found and values at £846 million.
Story about an art forger.
Nazi plans for super weapons found hidden in art.
Paintings found hidden in the pyramids.
The secret life of painters or paintings.
Paintings with other paintings hidden underneath. An evil painting that has been covered up? What would happen if it was discovered