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21 October 2023

Posted by Abbie Hills


This week at the young writers group, we focused on telling stories through photographs - not only what’s in the photograph, but what can be imagined beyond the frame. 

Both young writers and juniors were asked to bring photographs with them to the session. We saw family members, pets, holidays and memories. After explaining their photos in a show and tell format - the images were pooled in the middle of the table, allowing inspiration to strike!

Beginning with character profiles, the writers would think about personality traits of someone in the photo; likes, dislikes, hobbies, age and more to build a character. Then, they wrote a story based on the character (a mixture of fiction and non-fiction) to share with the rest of the group. 

The junior writers were encouraged to work on their visual descriptions after listening to sections of The Book Thief to inspire them. This really helped with world building and painting a picture. 

Being the last writers group before half term, and so close to Halloween - the junior writers were encouraged to write halloween stories. They took inspiration from eerie photographs, and also from their minds. After sharing scary stories, the students were sure to give compliments and thoughts on eachothers writing after a productive session, ending with a clap for everyone!


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