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The Writers Block

A new initiative from KEAP and The Story Republic to support reluctant young writers

It’s great when children take to writing like the proverbial ducks to water. But what about those who, no matter what steps you are taking to help them, remain reluctant to put pen to paper

We know just how difficult it is for some pupils, particularly boys, to write effectively. We know how hard it is for them to reflect on their experience, show their understanding and imagine new worlds. And we know how important it is for them to overcome their difficulties and become confident and creative when writing.

To support the fantastic work already being undertaken in schools to help young writers, we have developed The Writers’ Block.

Hidden inside a 1970s office complex deep in the heart of Cornwall, The Writers’ Block is a curious new world created by writers, teachers, theatre-makers and artists. It is both a creative space and a six-week writing programme designed to encourage and inspire reluctant young writers and cultivate their writing confidence.

“Amazing, delightful, terrific. I learnt that you could describe atmosphere only using a colour and write a whole story based on an object as small as an arrow.”  Student, St Mewan School

The programme includes:

  • One CPD day for teachers and teaching assistants: 10am to 3pm inside The Writers’ Block.

Through working with each other and our team of professionals, teachers will learn how to inspire, motivate and enthuse even the most unwilling writers.

  • 5 x 2 hour weekly sessions for up to 15 children, accompanied by teachers and support staff

Led by a professional writer, illustrator or performer, children will experience the surprises, reveals and curious worlds of the Writers Block and claim them as their own.  Over the five weeks, children will be inspired to write, encouraged to share and develop their ideas and produce work of the highest quality.  They will always be writing for a purpose, so their final piece will become either a series of printed postcards, CD recordings for radio or a performance to support illustration or song. All of their work will be shared at a celebration event at the end of each six-week course. 

When:  Our next set of six-week blocks begin January 2020 (one CPD day and five weekly sessions.)
Sessions are for two hours a week, either morning or afternoon.

Where:  Merlin Building, Cornwall College, Camborne

Cost:     £1100 per school. We can only book 10 schools per half term so spaces are limited

For further information and booking contact helen.reynolds@keap.org.uk / 07771 981094.
Helen works on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.