Scottish Book Trust Videos

Author and illustrator Nick Hesketh

Quick and Easy Creative Writing Exercises for the Classroom

Chris Leslie

Creative writing should be an enjoyable experience, and these fun games and activities will help to give you and your pupils a light hearted experience of the craft of writing. The games will help pupils to come up with interesting stories and character names, as well as building vocabulary and developing a writing voice. The guides below explain the rules to the games. You'll also find Nick's notes for teaching creative writing, which pull together all of his tips on writing a great story. Good luck!

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Author and illustrator Nick Hesketh

Teaching Dialogue and How to End a Story

Chris Leslie

In the sixth video of our How To Teach Creative Writing series, Nick Hesketh looks at teaching the writing of effective dialogue, and outlines a great way of ending a story.

Follow the links to below to download all the guides and handouts referred to in the video.

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Author and illustrator Nick Hesketh

The Importance of Word Choice in Creative Writing

Chris Leslie

In this fifth video in our How To Teach Creative Writing series, Nick Hesketh explains how you can increase pupils' understanding of the kind of words to deploy in their writing. Follow the links to below to download all the guides and handouts referred to in the video.

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Author and illustrator Nick Hesketh

Creative Ways to teach Structure in Creative Writing

Chris Leslie

In this video, Nick Hesketh looks at how you can give pupils a prepared story framework and use it to keep them going in their writing. He also explains how to make sure pupils stick to the past tense in their initial forays into writing.

Follow the links to below to download the guides referred to in the video.

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Author and illustrator Nick Hesketh

Engaging Pupils with Creative Writing

Chris Leslie

How do you sell the idea of creative writing to children, particularly reluctant readers and writers? Author and illustrator Nick Hesketh explains how writing your own bad story and sharing it with your class can give you a great base to work from.

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Introduction to Bookbug

Introduction to Bookbug

Sarah Barrie

Scottish Book Trust's Early Years programme, Bookbug, encourages parents and children to share books together from birth. The Bookbug programme provides four free packs of books to every child in Scotland, as well as providing free, fun activities such as Bookbug Sessions in almost all libraries across Scotland. Watch our video to find out how you and your family can get involved.

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