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25 April 2020

Posted by Lucy Pearce

Bake Off - Short Stories Edition

11-14 Age Group, 13 Attending & 14-18 Age Group, 9 Attending

This week the young writers were back to baking (or writing) in three separate challenges. 

Challenge 1 was 'Signature Bake', where the writers were asked to write a short story based around the prompt 'The Place Where I am Happiest'. This challenge also had to include:

- All 5 senses. 

Now, it could be about a physical place, an emotional place, a place we have never even been. It could include other people, animals, object, etc., It was completely open to interpretation! 

Evie created a lovely sea-side town with the smell of fish and chips, calming music playing. 

Challenge 2 was the 'Technical Challenge', where the young writers were asked to write a short story using only 10 sentences. Tough right? Well, they all smashed it! Each writer included conflict and a resolution, some even with surprising twists at the end, in the space of only 10 lines!

And Challenge 3 was 'The Showstopper', where the young writers were asked to write a story using their very best, and unique, writing! 

This could be a short story, or could be the opening/extract of a larger novel. It could be any genre they pleased, and could even be a development of something they wrote in challenge 1 or 2. 

All the writers created such different and compelling stories, Lilly writing about an emotional moment and Rosie using stunning description to bring her tale to life. 

ALSO, some great news - Congratulations are in order for Thomas in our older group, who was shortlisted for Live Canon's Children's Poetry Competition 2020. Well done Thomas!!!



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