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How to create believable characters in your creative writing was the subject of novelist Matthew Drzymala’s workshop, on Friday 13th March.

He showed pictures of well-known fictional characters as a visual aid to help our Year 7 students create their own imaginary personalities. Matthew even read some of his own work from his comedy book series The Bumpkinton Tales, so students could see if he had followed his own advice!

Or Year 7 writers were then set a challenge to write their own creative short story, which Matthew judged at the end of the event.   

After writing a children’s book Jean and the Dinosaur, Matthew is now working on the sequel Jean, Sprocket and the Men From Mars. Although keen on creative writing at school, he only took up a career in writing aged 27 years.

Mr Kershaw, Head of English, said: “We asked Matthew in to inspire the students to find a real enjoyment in creative writing. This is not about being examined or tested, but to encourage students to enjoy the pure pleasure of writing.”

This activity was made possible thanks to our Development Fund supporters and Parents’ Association. If you would like to find out more about the Development Fund School please click here

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