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Creative Writing Theme

For our final Children's Art Week 2020 post, we’re picking up the theme of Literacy and Creative Writing. One of the great things about creative writing is that you can just grab a pencil and paper and do it – with no specialist materials required. Arts Development Officer Stewart is particularly proud of a poem he once wrote on his phone while climbing a mountain.

With that said, there's nothing more terrifying to a writer than a blank sheet of paper. So in that spirit we thought we'd offer you a few prompts to get you started. Wherever your literary adventures take you, we'd love to hear about it – you can e-mail poem and stories to us via ‘stewart.sanderson@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk’.

  • Think of the last animal you saw. Write a poem or story describing its daily routine.
  • Starting with the first sentence of another work – a book, a poem, a newspaper article, or anything else which comes to mind – write a new piece taking the story in a different direction.
  • What one word best describes the last few months to you? Use it as the title for a piece (prose or poetry) about anything you want, but in such a way that it expresses the essence of what that word means to you.

 

Beyond these prompts, it can be really helpful, especially when writing poems, to work with useful constraints, which might suggest creative ideas which wouldn't have arisen otherwise. These could include:

  • Ending every line with the same letter.
  • Sticking to a regular pattern of rhymes.
  • Only allowing yourself a certain number of syllables per line.

We hope you have fun with these prompts. If you're a young writer interested in developing your craft further, you might also find the following resources useful:

  • The UK Poetry Society has a lot of great resources for young poets. Writers aged 11-17 have until the end of July to enter their poems for the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.
  • If poetry is your thing, the American Poetry Foundation is an essential institution – with a huge online library of writing for people of all ages, from all over the world as well as the US.
  • Poetry Daily is also a good site to check as they feature a new poem each day, curated from a massive array of recent publications.
  • The National Centre for Writing has a fantastic selection of resources and free online learning materials available online here.
  • BBC Bite size is, as ever, another good place to go for top tips and e-resources.

Lastly, we’d like to highlight our own creative writing pages – where we’re always happy to feature new contributions. Good luck writing!