In The Know: Encourage your child to tell their story!

In The Know: Encourage your child to tell their story!

Tomorrow marks the start of National Storytelling Week, which aims to encourage people both to tell their stories and listen to other peoples’ stories. Here are some ideas to help get your child’s creative juices flowing.

Wicked Young Writer Awards – Writing Competition
This is an exciting creative writing competition, open to young people aged 5-25, that encourages young people to write about any topic that interests them. The prizes vary depending on the age group, but everyone can win tickets to go see Wicked as well as books for themselves and for their school. Older winners can even win a work placement at a magazine! The deadline is Monday 13th March so if this sounds like something your child would be interested in, find out more here.

Debate Chamber – Young Writers Summer School
This summer your child could spend a few days exploring and practising diverse types of writing. They would get to spend time with other young people who share their passion whilst learning from experienced tutors. The aim of the programme is to leave participants with a strong grasp of creative techniques, and a sense of direction and possibility for their future writing.Open to young people aged 11-14, visit their website to find out more and to register.

Roundhouse Studios – Spoken Word for Beginners
This is a great way for your child to find out about the world of performance poetry. Open to young people aged 16+, this 2-day weekend course would give your child the tools required to learn about, write and perform different styles of poetry. They would receive mentoring and feedback from a professional poet and would even receive a filmed version of one of their performances. To enrol your child in this taster session, click here.

If your child is thinking about pursuing a future in writing and literature, GT Scholars could help encourage them to reach for their aspirations. GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides workshops, courses and programmes to help young people get into top universities or enter competitive careers. 

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Kate Lacey
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