Do you live within Hampshire, Surrey or West Sussex? Are you aged 7-11, have a child of that age either with an interest in writing or a wish to increase their confidence in literacy? If so, these lively and interactive 6-week creative writing courses for Key Stage 2 children might be just what you are looking for. Children can come and learn some new writing techniques, practice what they have been taught in school, work alone or towards a national or local writing competition, all with a chance for mentoring thereafter. Friendships form a big part of what goes on: the children enjoy not only spending time with others who like to use their ideas and imaginations in a creative environment, but also the benefits of sharing their work with others.
Currently based at the Alton Maltings Centre in Alton, the courses are held on Saturday mornings between 9.30 am and 11.00 am with limited places per course. Course 19 is up and running with an emphasis on diary/journal entries, looking at self-expression and the appreciation of life’s positives, running on to a discussion and debate of what body image means to the young. Course 20 will be planning, editing and reviewing the next Bonkers Book, carrying on with discussions and writings on emotions, body image and what it means to be in today’s world, as well as running our very popular artwork table with college volunteer, Tabs.
We are currently looking for another college volunteer to help with writing skills. Please contact Alton College for further details or email us direct 🙂
Dates for the remainder of the school year 2017/2018 are:
Course 20: November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and December 2nd and 9th
Course 21: January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and February 3rd (double)
Course 22: February 24 and March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th (double)
Course 23: April 21st, 28th and May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
Course 24: June 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and July 7th (double)
WATCH OUT FOR: Volume II of The Big Bonkers Doodah Book, A Big Book by Small Children, which was launched on Saturday, March 25th at midday. Copies are available to view in the Hampshire Libraries of Alton, Petersfield, Liphook and Basingstoke or to buy direct.
Run by children’s author and workshop provider, Sarah Lucas, alongside children’s worker, Kate Collins, the Putting Pen to Paper courses are held during term-time, avoiding half-term and main holiday weekends wherever possible. Boys and girls have joined from a wide range of schools, Alton Convent, Anstey Junior School, Bentley Primary, Bentworth St. Mary’s, Binsted CofE Primary, Camelsdale Primary, Chawton CofE Primary, Four Marks Primary, Froxfield CofE Primary, Medstead CofE Primary, Ropley CofE Primary, Selborne CofE Primary, Sheet Primary, St. Andrews Endowed, St. Lawrence Primary, St. Swithuns, The Butts, West Meon Cof E Primary and Wooteys County Primary, to name a few. We are also lucky enough to have pupils and mentors from Perins and Eggars.
This not-for-profit initiative for Key Stage 2 children has a high number of returnees and has been funded by East Hampshire District Council’s Community Projects Fund, several local businesses including Waitrose (Alton), D&G Print and the Alton Beer Festival as well as private individuals.
For the school year 2017/2018, the courses are being funded by the Lottery Fund, Awards for All, allowing costs to families to be kept to a minimum.
If you are interested in Putting Pen to Paper please send your address by email to email@example.com to receive a copy of the Application Form or click on the link above to print one off. A separate leaflet which you can also download, giving future course dates, will be available soon.
Places will be secured upon receipt of a completed form and cheque made payable to ‘Putting Pen to Paper’ with a cost of £20.00 per child, per course. Take a minute to read through the following testimonials from parents and children about their experience of Putting Pen to Paper.
What the parents say:
Year 1, September 2014 to end July 2015
‘Hi Sarah, just wanted to say thank you again for doing these wonderful writing courses. My husband and I could not believe it when K. said that she was going to participate in that 500-word competition. Then, we could not believe it when she actually sat down and started writing it during the half term. But what was even more unbelievable was that she discarded her first story half way through it, saying that it was rubbish! Which was when we thought she was not going to do it anymore, but she sat down and wrote a completely different story! This would have never happened if it were not for your writing course. We are just so happy that K. has so much more confidence with her writing and that she is happy to give it a go. Thank you and Kate for your brilliant work.’
‘R. has loved going to Pen to Paper.’
‘M. has really loved the course.’
‘.. She says she likes writing now and it was a real battle before.’
‘She loves the Saturday sessions.’
‘Ever since E. started the course, her confidence has grown.’
‘K. has definitely started to write things for homework with a lot more interest and confidence.’
‘M. has grown in confidence.’
‘The girls have loved your course.’
‘Thanks for running such a great course!’
‘Z. loves your course. She talks about it all the time.’
‘My daughter wants me to book her in for the next three years she loves it so much!’
‘You and your team are carrying out really motivational workshops – thank you :)’
What the children say they liked about P2P:
‘… getting ideas and writing stories.’
‘ … making animal homes …’
‘Reading out and acting!’
‘… writing whilst making new friends.’
‘Everything, but especially the scriptwriting and drama!’
‘… making new friends …’
‘… the exciting atmosphere …’
‘I really enjoyed writing stories and showing them to Sarah or Kate.’
‘Literally everything, especially ‘being a criminal’ !’
‘Showcasing my work.’
‘The games and writing with people who like to write.’
‘Getting on with our stories.’
‘I loved the writing.’
‘The games. The marshmallow towers …’
‘The social part of it.’
‘Meeting new people.’
‘Just being here.’
‘Everything about it is super cool.’
‘Being a helper.’
‘I loved the teachers.’
‘The bonkers board!’
‘Coming to P2P is the best thing in the world.’