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Creative writing and creative reading: using humour and real life to tell stories.
As a parent of a 15-year-old, I know that teenagers should be reading and writing a lot more than they do – so my aim is to inspire kids to get excited about reading and writing. Using extracts from my highschool novel SCUM and humourous newspaper columns I have written, I hope to show young people how their own lives are an endless source of material for stories, and how humour is a great way to tell those stories.
How to write something funny
How to mine your own life for material
How the truth is usually more interesting than something made up
Not to be afraid to break rules and go crazy and even be a (little) bit rude
How to use lots of different writing tools to structure your own personal stories