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“Before you find a voice for a story, you have to find a voice as a writer. Before you find a voice as a writer there is something even more important – you have to find something to write about.” – Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best loved story makers, and Seven Stories is proud to be the home of Michael’s archive of notebooks and manuscripts. In this interactive and engaging workshop students will become archivists and explore items from Michael’s collection, before turning their hand to creative writing.

Taking inspiration from Michael’s story making process, students will choose an object to focus on as a stimulus for their story. After beginning their own piece of creative writing students will share their ideas, with the opportunity to continue their writing in class.

The session is broken down into the following activities:

  •          Warm-up game
  •          Exploration of archival materials, discussion and ‘being an archivist’
  •          Choose an object or piece within the archive to be used as a prompt for your own story (facilitator will guide you with the story writing)
  •          Opportunity to share back your story

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Ages: 5-7, 7-11

Subjects: English

Topics: Creative Writing, Improvisation, Poetry, Reading, Storytelling, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, Character Building, Reading (comprehension)

Type: At Venue

Duration: half day

Cost: From £8.33 per student

Dates: Ongoing

Max. Students: 30

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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About Seven Stories.

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Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. They work with schools in many ways including school trips, book subscriptions, author and illustrator visits (digital or in-person), facsimile hire, visits or residencies from their team, and joint projects and research.

Seven Stories schools trips are 2 hour sessions with one hour in their unique gallery spaces and a one hour workshop with their dynamic Story Catcher team. Your group will take part in an interactive and imaginative led-tour of their exhibition where children will go on a sensory and immersive journey, followed by a workshop inspired by one of the books featured in the gallery. The sessions are all linked to the theory that there are seven basic plot types.

They can tailor school trips to a particular book or theme for additional cost.

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