Getting Creative with BYT!

Bright Young Things started off our partnership with St Albans Library in the Summer of 2016, starting with a series of five Creative Writing Workshops. We covered a range of different topics, and upon their success we decided we had to do them again. From the 26th February to the 26th March (for the five consecutive Sundays) BYT has been and is running another series of five Creative Writing Workshops at Hemel Hempstead Library.

After our first workshops we opened up our Creative Writing class at our tuition centre, which has been extremely popular with all ages. Our aim with these classes is to make English and writing as fun as possible, but always educational. Creative Writing is needed in all years of school, it is a tool necessary for the 11+, for GCSE English Language exams and for learning the conventional rules of writing, i.e. grammar, punctuation, structure etc. We make our lessons and workshops as interactive as possible so all students can get involved in the learning, as well as completing the creative tasks.

In our Creative Writing Workshops we aim to cover the following topics:

  1. Getting creative with your imagination — this allows students to come up with great ideas and be able to put them into writing in a chronological and coherent manner to be able to create a brilliant piece of writing.

  2. Character development — with every great story, one has to have great characters. In this workshop we teach students to create and develop interesting characters that add positively to their story line, whilst remaining relevant to the genre of their writing.

  3. Creating the perfect plot — when writing a piece of creative text it is imperative that the perfect plot is formed. This allows the story to grab its reader and allow the audience to follow the story line and reach a punchy ending.

  4. Building tension — when creating the perfect plot we always teach the children to make their writing interesting by building tension. This could be through creating a horrible villain or introducing a disaster or dilemma that needs to be solved.

  5. Writing your story — mixing the four above points together we then teach how to productively and efficiently write a story. This allows students to learn to think and plan their work before writing, so what they produce is a well-thought out and excellent piece of writing.

Learning the skills of Creative Writing is extremely beneficial to a student’s learning and they arise from the first years of school, right up to a sixth form standard. These workshops and classes can help develop a student’s vocabulary, which is great for one’s English skills and also for those taking the 11+. Increasing vocabulary can help with Verbal Reasoning and some schools require students to do a creative writing task in their 11+ exam.

In addition, Creative Writing helps students to structure their work, practising paragraph styles and using a variety of sentence types. This also includes using different types of punctuation and ensuring the student is following conventional grammar rules. This will then translate through all their writing.

At GCSE level, English Language exams ask for students to create an original and imaginative piece of writing, this could be writing about a past experience (real, or not so) or creating an article/blog post on a specific topic. All the above skills mentioned are what is needed in the exam process, and can easily get a student extra marks.

We still have places on the three remaining Creative Writing Workshop’s at Hemel Hempstead Library on the following Sundays: 11th March, 18th March and 26th March.

The sessions are £5 each and you can book into just one, or all.

To book in to our Hemel Hempstead Creative Writing Workshops, please click the link! [Creative Writing For Children Edit](