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I’ll welcome everyone into my studio and we’ll begin the session by reading a chapter from one of my books.
I’ll tell a story from my own life and talk about how it inspired part of the story (it might be the time I learned to balance another person standing on my head, or when I moved to Australia aged five and didn’t understand my teacher’s accent, or maybe even my first ever school detention…)
I’ll show the students my messy notebooks full of ideas and my drafts covered in edits as well as an email from my publisher.
We’ll have a question and answer session.
I’ll give the students a story-writing provocation to work on later.
* The writing process
* Editing and rewriting
* Making your fiction seem real, by paying attention to your own feelings.
Zoom is preferred. Can also work with Skype or Microsoft teams
I’ll welcome everyone into my studio and we’ll begin the session by reading a chapter from one of my books. We will write a story together as a whole group. This is a fun, interactive process where I ask a series of questions structured around developing character, setting and plot. The students will answer questions […]
This session offers a range of fun story-making tools which teach the elements of narrative while inspiring your students’ creativity. A hands-on, interactive workshop using collage and theatre games. Topics covered: Games which lead to laughter and story inspiration Making a collaborative story: reinforcing the key elements of narrative Making and publishing a collage story-book […]
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: […]
In this fast-paced, fun workshop, students write, illustrate and publish their own 8-page book using collage. Inspired by Ailsa’s work with Kids’ Own Publishing. Topics Covered: How to fold an origami 8 page book Simple story-structure/non-fiction structures What goes on the front and back covers? Sharing your story: the power of publishing Editing
Ailsa tells the story of the making of the award winning graphic novel, The Invisible War – a research process which took her from the trenches of the Western Front to meeting an epidemiologist in Cambridge, as well as hunting down her own family’s war records and reading the journals of several WWI nurses. This […]
Do your students want to make change? Something small in their local community or even something dauntingly enormous? This workshop gives students a chance to start changing the world by writing a letter. Ailsa will ask students what issues they think are important and talk about basic letter-writing structures. Then there will be a discussion […]