Outdoorsy storytelling workshops for secondary schools

'Really interesting and lots of fun’ - Beth, 14

 'Very cool!' – 10/10! - Matt,11

'Very enjoyable and definitely unique!’ - Quinn,13

 

My 'Re-wilding The Word' workshops offer young people a fresh new perspective when it comes to experiencing literacy, language and literature.  Both aspiring authors and reluctant writers will discover plenty to engage and enthuse them as we set about sharpening story-crafting skills in this session for older children. 

 

Every session is focused around a sensory storytelling set. Once we've enjoyed a tale or two together we can dissect the stories and track the impact of particular literary devices with a series of practical activities that encourage young people to approach tales and texts from weirder and wackier perspectives e.g. exploring what it might be like to be Katniss Everdeen by engaging in a bit of escape and evade! This crazy combination of sensory exploration and storytelling encourages students to articulate new and exciting ideas about texts; prompting them to experiment with different and more dynamic description and detail in their own writing. We also enjoy some slightly wilder methods of proof reading and providing constructive feedback - more often than not, making messy use of mudboards for experimental spelling and grass stain highlighters!

Schools: Each day / half day workshop is carefully tailored to engage pupils at exactly the right level in order to have maximum and immediate impact. We can design workshops that cater for a wide range of needs, including Pupil Premium, Gifted & Talented, English as an Additional Language, pupils working below their expected level and reluctant writers.  We recommend group size is between six to eight students. Depending on the length of the session and the requirements of the group, the young people will create collaborative and independent pieces of writing. We will also provide additional resources and follow up tasks that teachers and parents can use if they wish. 

Packages can be designed to include a mix of the following elements:

  • Magical amulet making

  • Literary trivia / outdoor-inspired games

  • Interactive storytelling with audience participation and accompanying soundscape

  • Outdoor-inspired arty crafty activities inspired by our story e.g. Making wooden Excalibur swords, crafting parent scaring spiders, wand making, moulding magical creatures - all using a wide variety of natural materials freshly gathered from the Great Outdoors!

  • Saga-stone demonstration and collaborative storytelling​

  • Crafting own saga stones

  • Slate storyboarding

  • Creature and character creation - off the page and onto paper!

  • Outdoor sensory investigation - inspiring our writing!

  • Writing imaginative manuscripts

  • Sharpening narrative skills for aspiring authors

 

One hour to half/whole day packages available. Price varies according to group sizes, preparation/resourcing required and travel costs.

Re-wilding the word

Drop me an email to find out more, I'd love to hear from you!

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