Creative Writing

It can be hugely rewarding to bring different generations together in learning activities. In this resource, find out how pupils and older people can interview each other and produce pieces of writing.

This guide from writer Alison Irvine will help you and your pupils get to grips with personal writing. From coming up with ideas to writing dialogue, Alison's resource will help develop a number of key skills to make writing come to life.

John Fardell, author and illustrator, gives his top tips for using drawing as a starting point for creative writing. John's best known illustrated picture books include The Day Louis Got Eaten and Manfred the Baddie.

In January 2018, author and illustrator John Fardell retoured with the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour as part of our 20th Anniversary Tour celebrations. John visited schools across Northern Ireland for a week of exciting school events! 

Ciaran Murtagh, author and screenwriter, gives his top tips on writing for the screen. Ciaran has written for some of our best-loved TV shows, including Dangermouse, Mr. Bean, The Amazing World of Gumball and Shaun the Sheep.

Looking to develop your pupils' creative writing skills? This fantastic resource from primary teacher Susannah Jeffries helps you use Quick Quack Quentin as the inspiration for pupils' own stories, and is aimed at developing skills in lower primary pupils.

In September 2017, author and screen-writer Ciaran Murtagh visited primary schools in Renfrewshire, East Aryshire and Falkirk on the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.

This resource from primary teacher Susannah Jeffries will provide plenty of inspiration to get your pupils writing. The resource encourages pupils to use the work of authors as their inspiration, finding out about their work and going on to create their own stories. Happy writing!

To celebrate Book Week Scotland 2016, Scottish Book Trust took Scottish Hip-Hop artist Dave Hook from Stanley Odd to schools across Scotland! Dave visited 300 pupils at 10 schools to engage teenagers in innovative approaches to reading and creative writing. 

Storyteller and author of The Fabled Beast Chronicles and The Spellchasers Trilogy Lari Don gives her top tips for creating gripping and nail-biting cliffhangers. 

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