Monthly Archives: January 2014

A request to my children’s school: Please reinstate World Book Day celebrations!

Dear Headteacher, I’m writing you this poem As it’s nearly World Book Day. If you have time to listen, There’s something I’d like to say: In our house we all love books, The characters and their stories. So the kids would like to get dressed up, In costumes full of glory. For two years now […]

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR CHILDREN? CHAPTER 11 GET ON AND WRITE IT!

So now you’ve worked everything out in your head, write the damn thing! Regard this as the creative “anything goes” phase, and get the story down on paper. Don’t worry about making it perfect, or following the rules, just get the words out! Keep in mind a few key things: make sure it is the […]

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR CHILDREN? CHAPTER 10. COME UP WITH A PLAN!

As a primary school teacher, I have helped children plan stories in their literacy lessons, and we talk in very simple terms about the “story mountain”. Here’s an example from the Communication4all website (a fabulous resource for teachers by the way!) http://www.communication4all.co.uk/http/Story%20Writing.htm  In my own writing this is my initial general idea, I have to […]