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Alastair Chisholm: We are all storytellers

Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Inspiration, Science Fiction
Age group: 6-8, 9-11
Audience: Children

Alastair Chisholm is a master of storytelling. He has written three picture books, a sci-fi middle-grade adventure, and countless puzzle books. In this event, Alastair explains why everyone can create fantastic stories, and gives lots of inspirational tips and advice on how to get started!

Alastair also works with the Super Power Agency(this will open in a new window), a charity that produces workshops and creative programmes to get young people excited about writing.

Our Creative writing activities for upper primary(this will open in a new window) learning resource is full of brilliant activities you can do in class or at home after watching this broadcast. You can also watch a video with even more of Alastair's writing tips(this will open in a new window) on the BBC website.

If You Only Do One Thing...

We know time is tight so here is just one activity you could do with your class before or after watching the event. Character fact-file (LIT 1-11a, LIT 1-20a) If you’re not sure you can write a story, start with writing a character fact file first. Write out some categories: favourite colour, favourite song, favourite food, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses or add your own categories! Now write out the answers for a fictional character you like, whether from a book, TV or film. If you’re feeling warmed up, why not try and create your own character by coming up with some new answers?