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Ailsa Wild: Improvisation, collaboration and the elements of story

Session Info:

 This is a raucous, creative session where Ailsa uses theatre, music and messy notes on the white-board to create a story with the entire group. Ailsa will demonstrate how the story-basics of characters, setting, problem and resolution can be a whole lot of fun.

Guaranteed absurd story-outcome – for whole school groups.


Topics covered:

  • How I came to be an author, what inspires me to write
  • Stories aren’t just in books – we make stories every day
  • Theatre improvisation games to generate story elements – character, setting, plot and description
  • Working together to create a story
  • Celebrating the outcome


“What a great experience it was having Ailsa Wild do a workshop at our school. So much laughter, energy, fun and wide eyed thoroughly engaged students. While it was fantastic that the keen writers were able to learn about the process that a published author goes through, the greatest outcome was witnessing highly reluctant writers, both boys and girls, become enthusiastic story creators. What was even better was seeing this enthusiasm carry through the classroom as active, adventurous students realised that writing could be for them too.”

–Kerry Hill, Year 3 teacher, Hawthorne East Primary School


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