Workshops

May Half Term & Summer courses

Write A Story With Us

We show the group how to write a story based on two characters - a hero and a villain. We will ask them to think of what the main character wants, what is at stake, and who is stopping the character (the villain) getting what he or she wants. We will show them how to plot a story, describe the setting, build up the conflict, use pace and timing and end the story with panache.

Streatham library - 31st July to 2nd August 2019

Effraspace - 31st July to 2nd August 2019

Suitable for ages 8+

Crime Writing

 

We show the group how to set up a crime and leave clues for their detective to solve. This process requires them to carefully plot their stories, dropping clues and red herrings to their readers and working out how their criminal set out to commit the crime. It involves thinking of the character's motive and hooking the reader into their stories step by step. If you have any young Sherlock's at home. Send them to us!

The Old library West Norwood - 22nd to 24th July 2019

Streatham Library - 27th to 29th August 2019

Suitable for ages 9+

 

Being A Word Detective

We show the group how to read between the lines and understand a selection of short texts from classic literature. They will be drawing the characters, writing their own extremely long sentences and poems - all in an effort to engage them in poetry and prose, which may seem difficult at first. (We didn't want to call this a comprehension course for obvious reasons!) 10 am to 11 am each day.

Upper Norwood library Hub - 12th to 16th August 2019

Suitable for ages 10+

 

Write Your Own Myth

Children love mythical stories because the characters are generally extraordinary and have super-powers. We show them how to create their own mythical creature and think of a hero(one)'s talisman which could fend off the forces of evil. Their stories may contain an axiom or moral which, they will think up themselves.

Upper Norwood library Hub - 24th to 26th July 2019

Manor House library - 27th to 29th August 2019

Suitable for ages 9+
Write and Read Out

This course will show the group how to write a story and read it out with dramatic impact. Sharing their work with the group not only improves a child's writing but is also a confidence-building exercise in itself but we will show how to make the most of holding centre stage.

Manor House library - 31st July to 2nd August 2019

Upper Norwood library Hub - 27th to 29th August 2019

Suitable for ages 8+

 

Courses and Venues

We run courses at West Norwood LibraryEffraspace in Brixton, the Neighbourhood Church in Beckenham (Cromwell Road), Manor House library, Streatham LibraryCUFOS in North London and in Hove Library in Brighton.

West Norwood library

16 Knight's Hill, West Norwood, London SE27 0HY

Effraspace, Brixton

21 Effra Parade, Brixton, London SW2 1PX