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My session starts with demystifying the role of writer. I talk about my journey into writing as a full time career. How I have moved upwards from Go Girl! Into Young Adult fiction pretty much in real time with my daughter’s development. It’s not only her experiences I ‘borrow’ though. I was a teenager once, and am still in contact with that girl.
A reading from Penelope Perfect will be paused several times to encourage the audience to analyse and interact with this complex character and demonstrate their own skills of interpreting behaviours. After the students have built confidence in their own abilities, we will produce a ‘Story Scaffolding’ together based only on a title. There will be fun involved!
Students explore how dialogue is effective in representing character. Through role-plays and fun immersion experiences extracted from Chrissie’s novels, kids learn to differentiate their characters by the way they speak and what they have to say. An exercise in empathy…and all great fun.
Students will workshop a Story Skeleton, given a title and readership. They will go on to creating characters who are layered enough to call the shots regarding how the story unfolds.
There’s currently a great deal of pressure on kids and it starts from when they’re very young. Academic pressure, extra-curricular pressure and social/emotional pressure. Everyone wants young students to achieve their potential, but the layers of stress can thwart and immobilize rather than raise and encourage. My middle-grade series ‘Penelope Perfect’ deals with a main […]
Young writers are often encouraged to ‘write what you know’. But how do you get to know characters and situations that aren’t in your lexicon? Chrissie will share her journey in writing Whisper, which has a teenage deaf protagonist. Join Chrissie in considering how you get to know characters outside your sphere and bring them […]