‘Ah … poetry at last!’
Whilst all courses are currently cancelled at the Alton Maltings due to Covid-19, learning continues with Course 34 on-line and through information packs. If you have not signed up and would be interested in enrolling, kindly download an application form and either post it or take a screen shot and send it in. Not signed up but would like a pack for home-schooling? Let us know by emailing: email@example.com stating the child’s age, current school, favourite book or author and what kind of genre they are interested in – mystery writing, poetry, factual writing or other.
What We Do: At Pen to Paper we teach literacy skills in a fun and interactive way, in a friendly and supportive environment. We use a wide variety of fun activities, tasks and games to help children aged 7-11 to develop creative writing skills, explore their imaginations, creative thinking skills and self-expression. A strong emphasis is put on developing social skills, making friendships, and building self-confidence and self-esteem.
Working alongside the school curriculum to support and complement academic learning, we operate in an informal and non-pressured setting.
When and Where: Sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 9.30 am to 11.00 am at the Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, with the occasional double. Places are limited to twenty children at a cost of £20.00 per child, per course.
Self-Development: When children move onto secondary school they have the opportunity to come back to work as Young Mentors and then at college they can come in to work as Volunteers which helps with the volunteering category of such schemes as the Duke of Edinburgh.
Who We Are: Run by course leader Sarah Lucas – writer, publisher, workshop provider and language tutor, the courses are held during term-time avoiding half-term holiday weekends where possible. Now in its sixth year, Pen to Paper has been successful in its bid for 2020/2021 from the National Lottery’s Community Fund. We are over the moon about the money and whilst we wait for it to appear in our bank account, we would like to say a massive and heart felt thank you to those local businesses and private individuals who have kept us going since September 2019.
Where to Find Information: Contact Sarah on 01420 587351 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, including to request a copy of the course booklet which contains:
- the aims of each course
- full terms and conditions
- Safeguarding Policy
- Child Protection Policy Statement
- Certificate of Public Liability Insurance, and
- directions to the Maltings.
An Application Form and list of testimonials is also available upon request.
When’s the Next Course?: Course 34, Monster Alert! begun on February 29th and is looking at what comes first in developing a story, settings or character? We have been making monster settings in an egg box with recycled food and creating characters that might live in these extraordinary places. Our creative exercises will feature fiction and non-fiction, playscripts, poetry, rap and, new to P2P, monster stat cards – yes, maybe the beginnings of our first P2P card set – the project is well under way with some exciting designs and characters. Our tester podcast will be ready in the coming weeks, with its updated welcome page animation for the children and their families to explore. Course 34 is now FULL but enquiries are being taken for number 35.
Celebration of the Children’s Work: At the end of each school year, if we have adequate funding, we publish a bonkers book celebrating the children’s writing and illustrative work. The product of each course, the writing undergoes serious editing by the children themselves as well as our guest editor, Christopher Sparkes, and the children decide on the layout and run of the book, as well as the jacket design. Want to Get Involved? Like the idea of volunteering at a fun and lively event for children aged 7-11? If you do, get in touch for a chat. We are currently looking for two college volunteers for 2020. Contact me if you are interested and to see if you can be part of our story (DBS checks apply if you are 16 and over).
Pen to Paper, 07500 359308, email@example.com