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Creative writing chelsea

Holiday Workshops | Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 (Year 1 to Year 6)
Locations: Fulham
Cost: from £307 to £499

Writing is similar to the opening of a chess game: the pieces must be put in place at the start. The key to successful stories and descriptions lies in structure and planning. Both of these are at the heart of what we do in creative writing. Equally popular with boys and girls each workshop is different and offers new and exciting themes so we are thrilled to see children returning again and again to these hugely popular workshops.

By writing a piece each day and talking it through whilst still fresh, the children can immediately see what they have done well and how to improve their work. The groups are small and age-appropriate allowing us to build an understanding of how to write stories based on our “Six Secrets for Success.”

We focus on what is required by schools at the various age levels, but we also want to engender a sense of daily achievement and enjoyment. We know the talent is there, we just help to open the box.

Can’t decide? Ask us! We’re always happy to answer your questions.
Email [email protected]
Phone 020 7731 0695

How it works

Time: 10am to 2.30pm
Venue: Parsons Green Prep School, 1 Fulham Park Rd, Fulham SW6 4LJ
Includes: Supervised outdoor time, snacks and drinks; please bring packed lunch
Suitable for: Children in Years 1-6 (Year 1 students can join from the Easter holidays onwards), suitable for writers of all abilities
Max. students: 10/12 per group

2022 Fulham Dates:
14-16 Feb, 28 Mar- 1 Apr, 4-8 Apr, 11-14 Apr, 30 May-1 Jun, 18-22 July, 25-29 July, 22-26 Aug, 30 Aug- 1 Sept, 17-21 Oct, 24-28 Oct, 19-21 Dec

Notes:

The material used in this workshop will change each week so students can join multiple times throughout the year to maximise their learning.

Children may be placed in mixed year groups according to bookings.

For the July and August workshops, please book the new year group your child will enter in September 2022.

Price varies based on number of days in the holiday. From 3 days to 5 days.

Chelsea Young Writers Club | Creative Writing Courses for Children

Established in 2013, Chelsea Young Writers Creative writing workshops for children are designed by award-winning children’s authors and led by experienced practicing writers and educators. These courses aim to further develop creative and critical thinking techniques, teaching invaluable language skills that can be applied to all aspects of the curriculum. We use a range of programme materials that are completely exclusive to Chelsea Young Writers, suited to absolute beginners as well as more advanced young writers. With small group sizes, children benefit with a mentor-like relationship with their course leader; one of Chelsea Young Writers’ main goals is that children can enjoy writing for fun as well as become more rounded storytellers, and our small-group approach encourages constructive creative freedom!

Given that our groups are small in size to maximise the benefit of the session, spaces are limited and early booking is advised. The After-School Clubs run according to the school term calendar, and our Holiday Clubs are held during half-term breaks as well as over the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.

What’s On Now

Creative Writing Courses

We run a variety of purely creative courses designed exclusively by Chelsea Young Writers to suit a range of abilities: from the very first attempt at a story and basic plotting exercises, through to constructing believable characters and establishing a unique voice as an author. Children benefit from plenty of one-to-one contact with their course leaders each session, allowing a fantastic creative relationship to develop between mentor and writer which allows them to grow in both confidence and ability.

11+ English Exam Preparation Courses

We also offer 11+ intensive workshops run by experts in primary education and 11+ preparation. Specifically tailored to help Years 5 and 6 prepare for their future exams, young writers get the chance to practice the required drafting, planning and comprehension within set time limits. With feedback given not only on their writing, but also their-management, analytical and creative thinking skills, participants will come away from these sessions with a range of techniques to apply to learning beyond the exam itself. Confidence will be increased and nerves will be banished!

School Testimonials:

“Chelsea Young Writers’ offers our girls the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills by working with professional authors. This gives them a wonderful insight into the writing process and the themes explored each term have really inspired them.”

Mrs Jill Walker, Headmistress at St Nicholas Prep & former Deputy Head at Glendower Prep)

“The boys have been enthralled from the very beginning, enthusiastically absorbing all of the top tips from the myriad of superb authors and are penning away with zeal and flair. The session has been repeatedly oversubscribed which is testament to its popularity and there are young authors in the group who have chosen this club over sports clubs, which is an accolade in itself. The boys are noticeably writing with more confidence and pace. The talented and very engaging writers transport the boys to fantastical realms and stimulate some superb short stories. This term the boys have been mesmerised by the Space theme and have been creating some very gripping plots which enthrall and entertain. “

Miss Olivia Baillieu, English Teacher, Wetherby Prep & Senior

“The Chelsea Young Writers workshops provide a creative and original way for children to explore their writing talent.Working with published authors inspires children to be authors too.I am pleased to see budding young writers express their original ideas at these workshops.”

Mr Donal Brennan, Interim headteacher at St Anthony Prep school & former Headmaster of The Hampshire School Chelsea

“Ecole Internationale Franco Anglaise, EIFA is proud to be working in partnership with the Chelsea young writers organisation, their team has been working with our students for the past year. Our Creative writing club has a lot of success with our parents and students. Their programme is really original and helps children to travel in a fantastic world of dreams and adventures.”

Mrs Gael Panhelleux, Head of Admissions, Ecole Internationale Franco Anglaise EIFA

Creative Writing Workshops

I’m always delighted to give lectures and workshops and to tutor individuals of all ages and levels of experience. I teach both in person and on virtual-classroom platforms. To enquire about my availability, simply contact me here.

I’ve delivered creative writing workshops and lectures since 2013 to a variety of audiences: from secondary-school pupils to university BA and MA classes, and from adult education groups to fellow authors. I also teach on a one-to-one basis.

Examples of topics I’ve taught:

  • Full course on the elements of writing, including: story structure; opening lines ; characterisation; sense of place; point of view; dialogue; the effect of tenses
  • Balancing vital dimensions of writing: the imaginative vs the critical; free-flowing creativity vs structure
  • How to draw inspiration from other arts (painting, music, photography, collectables, etc.) and add emotional resonance to your writing. *

* These sessions have grown out of my specialist area of research during the MA at Goldsmiths: namely, the uses of art and artefacts for narrative purposes.

Guest-lectures and workshops include:

  • De Montfort University: ‘Writing craft and editing’ (2022)
  • De Montfort University: ‘Sense of place’ (2021)
  • Middlesex University: ‘Building a writer’s portfolio of activities’ (2020)
  • Middlesex University: ‘Artefacts in creative writing’ (2019)
  • National Association of Writers in Education: ‘Art and artefacts in creative writing’ (2018)
  • St Paul’s Girls’ School: ‘Using photographs for creative writing’ (2017)
  • National Association of Writers in Education: ‘Music in creative writing’ (2016)
  • Libraries Adult Learning, Boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham: ‘Music in creative writing’ (2016)
  • Libraries Adult Learning, Boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham: ‘The narrative possibilities of photographs’ (2013 & 2014).

On my blog you’ll find posts about various aspects of creative writing, such as:

If you require (1) workshops for your university, school or writing group, (2) individual tuition or (3) writing retreats, feel free to contact me here.

Writing by Green Chameleon. Reproduced under CC licence via Unsplash.

Reading by rawpixel.com. Reproduced under CC licence via Unsplash.

Announcement of Creative Writing Workshop: The Narrative Possibilities of Photographs from the The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website.

Announcement of Music in Creative Writing workshop, and front cover of The Kensington Magazine, from The Kensington Magazine, May 2016.