RE-WILDING THE WORD
Creative story-crafting workshops
designed for children aged 8+
'Really interesting and lots of fun’ - Beth, 14
'Very cool!' – 10/10! - Matt,11
'Very enjoyable and definitely unique!’ - Quinn,13
Our 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:
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
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
We can design one hour to half/whole day packages. Price guides are as follows (subject to group sizes, preparation/resourcing required and travel costs.)
Storytale Festival 2019
Join us in the Windmill Hill City Farm at 5pm on 29th October (half-term) for an quirky blend of tall tale telling and outdoor-inspired practical activities designed to sharpen those story-crafting skills!
Our inspiration this session will be the WOLF! We'll share stories about Norse Mythology's Fenrir and First Nation shape-shifters, and explore why this creature still captures so many imaginations in tales today!
Age guidance 8 years + but all ages very welcome! No prior experience needed, everything provided.
Places can be booked here. £5 per child.