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Tim Pegler: Ideas Are Everywhere: Making Creative Writing Easy

Session Info:

This workshop aims to show that’s there’s never an excuse for saying, ‘I can’t think what to write.’ Story ideas are everywhere and it’s simply a matter of looking and listening out for them.

We then explore how to take an idea and flesh it out, by focusing on the basics of a story: Characters Setting (time and place) Back story Plot Tips for good writing

I use my novels as examples of how I turned ideas into stories, along with anecdotes from my time writing for newspapers and the web.

Rather than aiming for lengthy pieces of writing, I use simple group and individual activities to prove that everyone can prepare a story outline if they stick to the basics.

This approach has worked well with a wide range of students, including male reluctant readers.


Generating ideas. Creating characters. Thinking about plot.

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