John Roan Book Week

john roan book week

So it looks like I’m becoming a permanent member of the John Roan community – yup, their lovely Literacy Co-ordinator Angie Smith invited Roshin and me again to spend a day with the Year 9 students during their Book Week last week. As before, I was delighted by the intelligent and insightful questions I was asked after the talk.

The real joy came, though, at the creative writing workshops that we ran later in the day. This was the fun bit as, instead of them listening to me waffle on, Angie, Roshin and I got them to do some writing of their own! First of all we got them to work in groups to describe an emotion without naming it – for example, someone who was nervous might show it by tapping their feet or drumming their fingers. As a writer one of the most important mantras is “show not tell” and this activity was designed to drive home that point. This was a short, fun activity to get them brainstorming ideas and to get the students ready for the next activity.

Here they were each presented with a scenario – a single sentence that they then had to develop into a short story of their own. This was a chance for the students to really get their hands dirty and get creative with their writing. It was also wonderful to see the different and unique ways each student developed their stories – for example, from the same single sentence was born a thriller, a ghost story and a romance! Now that’s what I call creative, and it just shows the talent that each of those students have inside them.

All in all it was an exciting, enjoyable day and I will treasure the short stories that some of the students let me keep as souvenirs. I can definitely see many great writers coming out of the John Roan in a few years’ time!

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Shivon is a young author in the process of writing her trilogy, Prism of Truth, a mystery series about a girl set on vengeance for her mother's death. Contact Shivon now at contact@shivonsudesh.com

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