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 21 kicks off looking at Books & People: Judged by their Covers?. We will be looking at characters, how their personalities are depicted through body shape, leading to the creation of strong and weak characters with impact. Our very popular artwork table with college volunteer, Tabs, will be buzzing, working on ideas of body shape and how it can affect characterisation, opening up and encouraging discussion about the topic amongst the group.
We are currently looking for college volunteers to add to our existing team of two students to help the children with their writing skills, enjoyment of the written word and confidence. Please contact us direct by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01420 587351.
Dates for the remainder of the school year 2017/2018 are:
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 our Book Launch on Saturday 3rd March 2018. Volume III of The Big Bonkers Doodah Book, A Big Book by Small Children, is now available to pre-order £9.99 per copy or through Hampshire Libraries to reserve in the spring.
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 School, 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 lucky to have a solid team of Year 7(+) pupils and mentors from Eggars School who come and help with setting up, working one-on-one with the children as well as running class exercises.
This not-for-profit initiative for Key Stage 2 children has a high number of returnees and has been funded for the school year 2017/2018 by the Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All, allowing course costs 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 direct. A separate leaflet can be sent to you by post if you’d prefer.
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:
‘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.’