Year 12 Creative Writing trip to Newman University

On Thursday 2nd July, I had the pleasure of accompanying some of our Year 12 English Language and Literature students on a Creative Writing Workshop at Newman University. In the morning, students attended three workshops with different writers: Stephen Morrison-Burke, who ran a session on writing poetry; a session on using metaphors in narrative writing with Helen Cross and finally, screenwriting with William Gallagher. The workshops were excellent and really enabled our students to explore different narrative methods and develop their understanding of how language can be used for effect. I am sure that they will use the skills to great effect when they start to complete their A2 Coursework in the Autumn as well as in their own personal writing.

In the afternoon, the students had the opportunity to develop the writing produced in one of the morning sessions. They worked in small groups with one of the writers and produced pieces either individually or in a group. Some were then brave enough to share their work with the group at the end of the day.

Thanks go to Newman University and to Dr Matthew Day who organised the event, as well as the writers responsible for the sessions.

Mrs E. Simpson
KS5 English Co-ordinator

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