Brighton Inkhead

Zoë Bolton biography

Zoë Bolton is an experienced secondary school English teacher specialising in Creative Writing.
In 2009, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at UEA, where she received the Malcolm
Bradbury Memorial Bursary, and worked on a collection of short stories set on the remote island
of Okinoerabu in Japan. Zoë has facilitated creative writing workshops for a wide range of groups
including Inkhead, several schools and the mental health charity, MIND. She has recently moved
to Brighton and is excited about the opportunity to teach creative writing here amongst the sea
air!

Creative Writing section of the English Language GCSE exam

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Course: 

GCSE CREATIVE WRITING EXAM BUSTER COURSE

Do you struggle with the Creative Writing section of the English Language GCSE exam? Do you find planning a challenge? Do you have bundles of ideas but struggle to transfer this to the page? Perhaps you are already a skilful writer but would relish a more creative approach, outside the classroom, to make your writing stand out and really wow the examiner (and yourself!)… If any of these issues sound familiar, the GCSE Creative Writing Exam Buster course is here to help! The creative writing component of the new GCSE English Language Paper 1 exam is worth 50% of the final grade and it is therefore vital that you develop the skills to write with confidence. Led by Zoë Bolton, a qualified secondary school English teacher with over 5 years classroom experience, this course is designed to take the yawn out of writing and bring some pizazz to the page! Guiding you through a range of planning tips and dynamic approaches to creative writing, you will gain the confidence and expertise to bring your descriptions and stories to life.

GCSE Revision 10 am to 1 pm £45 for one day.

 

WHAT IF? – FICTION 8 TO 11 YEAR OLDS

Most stories revolve around a question: What if the world froze but you were still moving? (Hamish and the Worldstoppers); What if our toys come alive? (Toy Story); What if our emotions were really little people in our heads? (Inside Out). We will brainstorm the kind of questions which are answered in stories and help you to find the question that interests you the most. This workshop comes packed with ideas on how to create three- dimensional, dynamic characters; how best to make settings and places come alive using descriptive language; how to plan a coherent plot and how to alter your writing based on the speed and tempo of the story.

What if? Course Most stories revolve around a question: What if the world froze but you were still moving? (Hamish and the Worldstoppers); What if our toys come alive? (Toy Story); What if our emotions were really little people in our heads? (Inside Out). We will brainstorm the kind of questions which are answered in stories and help you to find the question that interests you the most. This workshop comes packed with ideas on how to create three- dimensional, dynamic characters; how best to make settings and places come alive using descriptive language; how to plan a coherent plot and how to alter your writing based on the speed and tempo of the story.

What if? fiction course 10 am to 1 pm £45 for one day.

Testimonial:

Well, I am not altogether sure how Zoe did it (am thinking witchcraft or somesuch) but Tom and Arch have had a ball this week and just loved Inkhead. Archie has really struggled with writing and I could almost weep at him coming home so enthused! Not sure whether it's a threat or a promise, but he told Zoe this morning that he'll be back in the summer. Anyway, thank you both for all the hard work. I really appreciate it.