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Creative Writing – Character Development

Character Development achieved through a visual approach brings energy and enthusiasm to creative writing projects.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein

Starting a project with an element of visual collaboration naturally fosters group responsibility for the success of the project overall.  Encouraging students to talk about their personal expected outcomes and the actual results in a conversational way creates a shared experience and a shift in group dynamics creating, in most cases,  group polarisation.


Buoyed by the shared experience students, through all Key Stages, connect in a personal way to their visual creation and are more inclined to bring a lateral approach to populating a story or interpretation of curriculum texts. The benefits of this approach are outlined in this report for Education Scotland in 2013

Working in groups: Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse is a round the table exercise using formula to create imagined stories, descriptions or drawn figures.  Using a variety of approaches, combinations e.g.:

  • Who, what, when, and why
  • Red, yellow, blue and green
  • Silently, cautiously, suddenly and instantly
  • Head, shoulders, middle and legs

Students fold over their image leaving a small indication of the continuation of the line for the following development.  Working with the resulting image which has in put from at least four other students participants go on to develop a story directly from this or further development through a second round of writing or drawing.


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Primary & secondary school workshops

I use a range of approaches designed to excite and energise your student’s creative writing projects and curriculum texts through visual connections. More details

Why Drawing Together works?

1 in 4 children struggle to read and write, educational research shows that learners motivated by interes and enjoyment want to achieve more; leading to positive outcomes. More details

What do the courses contain?

The courses contain Illustration and/or Printmaking, evey workshop is taylored to the classes needs. More details

When, where and how much?

I travel throughout West Devon, East Cornwall from Coast to Coast. I charge £140.00 for a half day and £230.00 for a full day. More details

How it works?

There are 6 easy steps from booking to course delivery, the first step is to get in touch. More details