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Creative Approaches to Improving Writing Conference, St Helens

| October 18, 2007 | 2 Comments 

As part of the Write Club 7 celebration week, we were at the Village Hotel, Whiston, today, for a conference on creative approaches to improving writing.

Levi Tafari, Margaret Baxter, Nick Briscoe and myself were presenting different ways of inspiring and recording writing.

Margaret stretched us all by introducing multi-modal writing frames so that children can record their creative thoughts alongside film and sound files.

I really enjoyed Nick’s imaginative use of junk store props, story dice, pictures and other stimuli to inspire and structure stories. “Enchanting” is the word that springs to mind.

Levi had us creating rap-like poetry.

He mentioned his 5 Is of poetry creation. Inspiration. Ideas. Imagination. Information and Imagery.

Levi mentioned how surprised he was that so few schools pay attention to Black History Month Visit the website for a vast amount of useful resources.

I like Levi’s 4 line rhyming challenge

Here is Margaret’s response:

One awful day I was forced to write,

My heart was gripped with a terrible fright.

But, from this day I’ve seen the light,

And now, I’ll reach for that creative height!

That about sums up a motivating and truly varied day.

Thank you to Helen Lee and all colleagues who organised today’s event.