WELCOME TO INKHEAD
We have been encouraging and inspiring children to write stories for over 15 years. At first, our idea was to share a love of writing (we are all writers ourselves) and use a workshop, rather than a classroom, approach. We felt children would benefit from having a regular time and the autonomy to write the stories they want to write … and they did. Our first ‘guinea pigs’ loved inkhead and came to our clubs throughout their primary school years. Parents could also see the benefit in their children’s schoolwork. We have had countless ‘reluctant writers’ become enthusiastic about writing; and avid writers produce cracking stories, which we send to competitions or turn into books.
From small beginnings, inkhead gradually moved into schools, offering creative writing after school clubs. Parents then asked if we could help their children in the creative writing and comprehension elements of the 7+, 8+ and 11+ exams. We researched these tests and developed materials to show children how to write a well-crafted story within a time limit. We have all studied literature and familiarised ourselves with comprehension tests for the 11+ in order to demonstrate how to ‘read between the lines’ and give clear, informed answers in the papers.
We love books and want to share our passion for reading, not just to help children pass exams, but as a lifelong pleasure. We often use extracts from children’s authors to show our groups how the writers they enjoy use language effectively.
Last year, during the pandemic, we were forced to move our clubs online and we now offer a variety of regular zoom clubs and courses. We also provide group tuition, one to one tuition and story critiques.
Louise Pearce, inkhead founder.