Thursday, February 9, 2017

Writing Club, onwards and forwards

Week 3 of Writing Club with 1st and 2nd class, and it really feels like a club. We know where we're at, what we're doing and more or less where we're going. But of course, there's always going to be surprises along the way and things never quite go according to plan...
We experimented with that very idea with our first game this week. We played Chinese Whispers and with over 10 of us repeating (only once!) a silly sentence full of alliterations and tricky words, the end result was quite... interesting!

On the left, the original. On the right, the VERY original result.
We then went back to our long-term project and used everything we had produced so far to do a bit of planning (plotting). We looked at the main things that need to happen a story: a beginning, a middle and an end, and we paid particular attention to the middle: the problem, the solution, and wondered: is one of each enough or is it too easy?
Most of the writers used all this thinking to continue on with their story (and finish it!) while others revised their plans and decided to use a different setting, a different problem or, in extreme cases, different characters. It's part of the game, after all: you're allowed to change your mind!
A lot of writing was done and we even got started on our book covers!

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