27 April 2019
Posted by Lucy Pearce
11-14 Age Group, 11 Attending
For the first week back after Easter, the writers explored fantasy worlds. After discussing current literature that inclusive these; such as Hogwarts and Narnia, we each wrote down an every-day item that would then become the portal to our own worlds, including doorbells, cheese rolls and Hot Wheels Cars.
Once they were handed a random item for the created list, the young writers then wrote a situation in which a character could stumble across this item, and how it connects to the fantasy world. Jake wrote of a mountain climber who uncovered a doorbell perched on the peak of a mountain, which when pressed, transported him.
Next, we all played a game of consequences, but this time instead of a story, a drawing of a monster was created. The purpose of this was to form monsters that could then be used as conflict in their fantasy worlds. As seen in the photo above, the drawings were brilliantly unique!
The young writers then continued with their stories, now involving the monsters in the plot. Some decided that the monsters were mean; chasing their protagonists etc, while others be-friended the monsters, with one even having a slumber party.
14-18 Age Group, 9 Attending
Similar to the younger group, the writers discussed fantasy worlds within literature, and how the authors build these. We also discussed where the line lies between fantasy and fiction, for example, is Peppa Pig a fantasy? The answers were argued and mixed!
The every-day objects chosen by the writers included a scented candle, a toaster, and a manhole - to name a few.
After writing a scene in which their protagonists discover the objects/portal, and the monsters are created, the writers continued with their short stories, some even coming to an end.
Archie wrote of a young man who buys a 'haunted' toaster from an insistent shop-keeper. Upon taking it home and using it, the boy discovers that the bread is being half-eaten while it toasts. In an attempt to unearth what could be hiding within, he sends letters through the toaster, hoping they will be read.