CREATIVE WRITING AT HOME
The great thing about creative writing is you can do it literally ANYWHERE, including at home.
Below we’ve compiled activities to help you and your children to unleash their imagination and create their own stories. To share what you and your kids dream up at home connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Design a Character - With this easy, print and fold template, you can design a new creature, a friend, a sworn enemy or even an alien. The possibilities are endless.
Postcard from the Future - Ever wonder what the future might bring? Write yourself a postcard from the future, to the past, and let yourself know all the juicy details.
Build a Story - Otherwise known as the folding game. Just print it out, write in your section, fold it, and pass it on!
The Story Generator - With this handy story generator, you can generate an infinite number of stories. It comes with the Story Factory guarantee - no two stories will be the same. Designed for kids of all ages.
How To Build Stories, Chapter One - This ‘digibook’ created for ABC Education explains the building block of storytelling. Chapter One explores the essential ingredients in any story. Designed for kids in Years 3 - 8.
How to Build Stories, Chapter Two - What is a story? This chapter tries to sort out exactly what is a story – whether it's fiction, non-fiction, a comic, a poem, a song, an article, a radio segment, a television episode or something else altogether.
How to Build Stories, Chapter Three - Character development. Characters need to keep readers excited, but they also need to think and feel in ways that we can all understand, and remind us of people in our own lives. How do you create characters like that?
How to Build Stories, Chapter Four - Plot. Learn about different story types and how to take your characters from the beginning to the end in a satisfying way.
How to Build Stories, Chapter Four - Genre. The best thing about story telling is that breaking the rules can make for the most satisfying stories.
How to Build Stories, Chapter Five - Language. Description can add flavour to stories and choosing the right descriptions, with the right sort of language, can turn your stories from three-day-old leftovers into haute cuisine.
How to Build Stories, Chapter Six - Heart. What's scarier than a blank page? Probably trying to fill that blank page with honest emotion.
Martian Mail - Print out these Martian Mail packs at home for your little earthlings to write up just what they think life is like on Mars.
Help your child turn your kitchen into a cafe. They can write reviews - of their meals, the customers, the conversations etc.
Watch a favourite movie then talk about what the characters might get up to after it ends. Help your child write this into a script and get together siblings or friends to perform it for the family.
Create a writerly nom de plume. Describe the writer you have created and all their eccentricities. Bonus points: take on the personality of the nom de plume and write a story, play or poem.
Go to the (online) art gallery and pick an interesting painting. Talk with friends or family about the possible stories. Now, create a collaborative story - each participant writes a sentence and passes it on to the next person until the story is complete.
Give your children blank journals or notebooks and have them personalise the cover. Set aside fifteen minutes each day as journaling time when they write about their day. Encourage them to collect tickets, trinkets, and other memorabilia and paste them in their journal.
Encourage your child to become your family historian. They can interview family members to find out about their lives; Encourage your child to write up their stories in an exercise book and present it to the interviewees as a Christmas or birthday gift.
We have online workshops designed to respond to the changing education environment created by COVID19.
OUR PICK OF THE INTERNET
There’s a lot of options floating around on the internet for fun activities to do at home. Here’s some of our picks of activities that are fun, educational and easy to enjoy at home.
Keep a LOCK DOWN DIARY! Keep a record of what went on during this crazy time for your future self with this easy guide of writing prompts.
Story Factory exists to bring the joy of storytelling to kids in under-resourced communities. But we recognise that right now, in these unprecedented times, we need to help all kids develop their creative writing.
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