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Creative Writing

Writing creatively can be a wonderful experience for many. According to research, there are 5 key benefits to creative writing:

  1. It encourages us to use our imaginations.
  2. It develops reading, writing and learning skills.
  3. It can develop self confidence and identity.
  4. It teaches empathy, as we place ourselves in someone else’s shoes.
  5. It provides an emotional outlet.

We already run a weekly Creative Writing Club, which is very informal – there are no red marking pens! The children are encouraged to try out their ideas, often pictorially to begin with, in a relaxed environment.

However, we have been frequently asked to provide something more structured, which supports the curriculum. And so we have shuffled our time-table around, in order to offer the following class:


The class is for children who are capable writers already, but find it difficult to ignite their creative spark.

As with all of our tuition, classes are £16.50 for 50 minutes, paid weekly in advance. However, if you book and pay for a term in advance, we are offering one free lesson. This is non-transferable and refundable. As the first block is just a half term, the offer is £16.50 weekly or £107.25 for the half term (one lesson at half price).

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It’s competition time

We have some great news…well, actually we have two big pieces of news, but I’m only blogging about one of them tonight.

As you may already know, I run a ‘Creative Writing Club’ every Saturday afternoon, which is great fun. The sharing of stories through the written word and film, all leads to some wonderful writing from the children. I have been overwhelmed by the response the club has received; it has gone a long way to confirming my faith that children love writing.

To celebrate the talent that’s out there, we are running our very own creative writing competition in the New Year. We invite children to write a short story or narrative poem about Mr Frog and Mrs Chicken. The rest is left entirely up to the budding authors.

The fabulous J.D.Irwin will be joining us to whittle the entries down to three final winners (one from each of the following Key Stages – KS1, KS2 & KS3). All entries need to be with us by Saturday 26th January, by post, in person or via email: If you are from a local school and would like to get involved, we can arrange collection of your children’s entries on Friday 25th January.

Julie will present the three winners with their prizes on Saturday 9th February at 14:00, right here at Chicken and Frog Bookshop. In addition each winning entry will be published on our website, so they can grab their fifteen minutes of fame! So, what are you waiting for? Get those pencils sharpened…

P.S. All entries must include the child’s full name, D.O.B and contact details.