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09 March 2019

Posted by Lucy Pearce

Mystery Box

To kick off the first ever session and relax the nervous faces, the young writers took turns in saying who they are, and what their favourite book is. After this, each student expressed what they would like to gain from this experience, before we collectively decided on a few ground rules in order to help frame the expectations of each session, examples including: respect each other and listen while others are reading. 


This week’s session was based around a ‘mystery box’ prompt. As a group, the writers discussed where the box could have come from, before exploring the possible five senses of the box. From contortionists using it as a home, to the box being a portal to hell, the students created a variety of imaginative and exciting ideas. 


Once writing these down and exploring them further, the students each took an item from the box and wrote uninterrupted using this as a prompt – from tiaras to a human horse, the mystery box had everything. The 11-14 year-old opened the prose with ‘It all started the day I found the…’, while the 15-18 year-olds were encouraged to open with a line of dialogue. 


To end the session, some students shared their fantastic work while others gave helpful feedback. The writers formed wholly diverse pieces with a span of genres, each with their individual stamp of style. 



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