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12 March 2022

Short Stories and Triffids Reviews

This week was split into two halves. Firstly, the young writers had to write or outline a short story/scene using a location, a character, and a first line determined by a random wheel of fortune. This meant we had some interesting situations - a drag queen atop Mount Everest saying 'I don't mean to keep interrupting', a wizard's apprentice arriving at the beach asking 'Is this the doctor's office? or indeed the grim reaper on the International Space Station declaring 'I had a weird dream last night'. These spiralled into some fantastic short stories that many of the writers want to take away and develop in the future.

In the second half of the session, we talked about TRIFFIDS! (the gig theatre show we saw the previous week). The young writers talked through what they liked about the production and what they didn't like. We also thought about theatre reviews and different ways people can structure their writing. Could we write reviews as a letter to the writer? Could we write them as a conversation with another audience member. We thought about non-fiction writing as creative writing.

Rohan also showed some clips from National Theatre productions - Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, and War Horse by Nick Stafford - allowing us to react and respond to three different types of theatre and how they are produced.

Next week we'll be continuing to talk about reviewing with Nick Churchill from Lighthouse, as well as thinking about redrafting and coming back to things we've written before.

Have a look below at a couple of the brilliant ideas our writers had this week!


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