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Developing Characters for Creative Writing Projects

Setting The Scene – Drawing Stories Workshop

About Developing Characters for Creative Writing Projects

Creative writing starts with a main protagonist and a scene. Asking a student to reinvent this gives a starting point but traditional depictions can limit intuitive exploration. Creating a unique character for a story can encourage students to think laterally and explore riskier options in story development.

Images developing characters and setting the scene for creative story telling workshop with Heles School year nine pupils

Card Character development

Using random shapes in different colours students construct figures. This helps move them away from the fixed idea of how they should depict the protagonist in their stories.

Once they have built their figure it can help to show examples of how other students have tackled their images development but often, and the most appealing for the students, is to watch a particular figure being developed live. This helps them see their own characters as individuals and personal to them. The students are free to offer advice and ideas on how I should develop my card figure and this can be followed by discussions on initial formative ideas and the key stages in the development process.

The talk will focus on how character development can help make a story but also introduces the concept of setting the scene.

Students use collaged elements to build scenery, being encouraged to use shapes and random elements from different sources. Providing a wide variety of content and imagery is helpful here and, incidentally, introducing students to different information sources and opinions. Collecting source media in advance helps ensure a range of material.

As the seed to creative writing the discussions also briefly cover

· page dynamics (page turn and story tempo),

· Use of media.

· Composing images and

· placing text

This can be a half or full day workshop but also as part of a longer creative writing project whilst introducing the concept of sequential narrative.

An alternative development workshop using collage and cacography (scribbling)

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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

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