/Writing advice

By |2013-09-18T10:47:38+00:00September 18th, 2013|Writing advice|

"Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat." Dorethy Parker

Adventures in writing

By |2013-01-22T09:27:57+00:00January 22nd, 2013|KS2 writing lessons, Writing, Writing advice|

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-VBV5DWHdQ&w=560&h=315] Last week, I led a trip to Arvon's Lumb Bank centre for 14 10-year-olds. A week away from games consoles, mobiles and TV - just us, a stack of good books, paper and pens (oh, and two fantastic authors - Gillian Cross and Steve Voake - who led the children on the first [...]

Space to write (part 2)

By |2015-05-05T10:44:40+00:00November 4th, 2012|Writing, Writing advice|

When I was ten, in my last year at primary school, I experienced what it would be like to be a writer for the first time. Over a period of a few weeks, I wrote a 30 page retelling of the Aladdin story. When I was finished, I handed it to my teacher (Mrs Hays [...]

Why teachers should be writers – what the research says

By |2012-10-08T11:27:13+00:00October 8th, 2012|Writing, Writing advice|

Developing as writers is important because: Writing is an activity in which we can develop alongside the children. Writing isn’t like other activities which get easier the more we do them; it always remains challenging, whether we are facing the challenges of learning to write a story in Year 2 or whether we are putting [...]

Space to write

By |2015-05-05T15:09:47+00:00August 26th, 2012|Writing, Writing advice|

What are the barriers to you improving as a writer? To really giving it a go? Time? Space? If you’re like me, you don’t have a study or a shed to which you can retreat and even if you’re lucky enough to have a suitable bolt-hole, you don’t feel you have the time to do [...]

By |2012-05-01T19:42:44+00:00May 1st, 2012|Writing advice|

"Even the state of defeat was propitious for there is notthing in this world or the next that is not of use to the writer." Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Living to tell the tale.

Kurt Vonnegut on writing short stories

By |2012-04-13T11:13:00+00:00April 13th, 2012|Writing advice|

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmVcIhnvSx8] Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Every sentence must do [...]