Launch of the Teen Igniting Writing Fairy Tale Contest!

Launch of the Teen Igniting Writing Fairy Tale Contest

Igniting Writing is now launching the second wave of writing challenges for teens to have a go at, in place of our regular sessions at Wokingham Library! 

The topic is fairy tales. Pretty much everyone out there is familiar with what goes into fairy tale stories, as they generally follow similar patterns in terms of their plots, characters, moral lessons and so on, but that also means it can be fun to play around with the expectations a reader might have. Fairy tales are often based on traditional folk stories too, which means that you can incorporate lots of other genres (tragedy, fantasy, horror, ‘coming of age’ stories etc). If you fancy having a go, visit the blog for full details of the contest.

Have a look at the Igniting Writing Blog for more writing ideas including the  ‘create your own session plan’ challenge.

The deadline for the fairytale contest is Sunday 24th May 2020. All details can be found here.

Igniting Writing ‘Distance’ Poetry Contest and Bingo Challenge 2020

Igniting Writing ‘Distance’ Poetry Contest and Bingo Challenge 2020

After a flurry of submissions, the Igniting Writing online poetry contest and bingo challenge are both closed for entries. The turnout was really impressive, with a total of 30 teens contributing to one of both of the writing challenges, and several teens from outside our regular group members also got involved. Thaks to everyone that sent in an entry and below are the links to all the submissions received:

Poetry Contest

Adam Kim’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616040381956718592/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Annabel Jones’ submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616040500049461248/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Becca Hamman’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616040603131707392/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Cameron Clark’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616040960099516416/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Alicia Russell’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616041053025419264/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Amelia Silverthorne’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616041167260450816/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Anya Bensouiah’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616041336938938368/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Archie Lind-Smith’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616041473185660928/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Christopher McAlliter’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616041577039659008/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Connor Reed’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616041755144601600/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Connor Wilkinson’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616041909385871360/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Csenge Kertesz’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616042035945897984/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Daisy Bidgood’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616042116515266560/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Ella Donathy’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616042223347417088/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Emily Bull’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616043781951750144/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Emily Foster’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616043875297050624/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Evie Howes’ submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616043947103551488/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

George Pullen’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044023650680832/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Georgie Poole’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044119292313600/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Grace Wilkinson’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044189330948096/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Harriet Butler-Walker’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044273576591360/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Lara Groom’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044341938520064/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Lucas Huddleston’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044414649958400/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Noah Robinson’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044495193128960/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Sofia Hopkins’ submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044582751305728/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Tabitha Weaver’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044665242894336/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Tara Thomas-Krstovic’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616044741304451072/igniting-writing-distance-poetry-contest-2020

Bingo Challenge

Adam Kim’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616045076516306944/igniting-writing-bingo-challenge-2020-submission

Annabel Jones’ submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616045213930110976/igniting-writing-bingo-challenge-2020-submission

Benjamin Gallagher’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616045432061214720/igniting-writing-bingo-challenge-2020-submission

Lucy Wright’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616045734697041920/igniting-writing-bingo-challenge-2020-submission

Sanika Kaushik’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616045920546652160/igniting-writing-bingo-challenge-2020-submission

Christopher McAllister’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/616046187506761728/igniting-writing-bingo-challenge-2020-submission

It took a lot of thought to decide on a winner for the poetry contest, but eventually the decision was made to choose Becca Hamman! Becca’s poem was awarded the win for the way in which the emotions were built in throughout and the subtle hints of there being more to the relationship between the main character and their partner than meets the eye. Well done to everyone that submitted an entry and there will be more writing challenges on the way soon!

Igniting Writing, Wokingham’s Teen Creative Writing Club

If you’re between 11-18 years old, based near the town of Wokingham in the UK and enthusiastic about writing, this is the group for you! We bring young writers together to develop their writing in a fun, relaxed group setting. Our writing sessions cover everything from building settings and creating characters to exploring the world of sci-fi and beyond.

 

Congratulations to volunteer Alex Baker for receiving a civic award from Wokingham Town Council.

IMG_5079Nominated by Wokingham Borough Libraries for his contribution to supporting teenagers with creative writing.

Alex has been a volunteer with the library service since 2014. Alex gives up every Saturday morning to come to Wokingham Library to run the teen creative writing group which is open to all young people aged 11 to 18 in Wokingham Borough who have an interest in creative writing.

During the five years the group has been running, more than 100 teenagers have taken part in the group’s activities.

The fact that the group members consistently attend and invite others to join in is a testament to Alex’s dedication, encouragement, inspiration and unending enthusiasm.

Alex is a natural with this age group, something which is often remarked on by other library customers. Alex often volunteers to help with other library events not just in Wokingham but across the borough and is a real asset to the library service.

IMG_5078Quote from Alex Baker – “Since first setting up Igniting Writing back in 2014 it has become such an important part of my life – we’ve had over 100 teens attend the sessions, run events in over 25 schools across Berkshire,  led an international teen creative writing competition and had dozens of talented authors, illustrators, literary agents and more from the local community that have kindly given up their Saturday mornings to attend as guest speakers. Running the sessions is the highlight of my week and I’m always impressed by the teens that come and join in. Their creativity, enthusiasm and welcoming atmosphere is what makes Igniting Writing so special and the quality of writing keeps on growing. 

The Wokingham Civic Award may have been addressed to me, but ultimately it’s down to the efforts and generosity of so many people and I’m grateful to all the staff at Wokingham Library, who gave me the opportunity to create the group have been a pleasure to volunteer alongside. In particular, massive thank yous to Elizabeth McDonald and Laura De Moxom for the award nomination, Igniting Writing group members Katie and Esther for representing the group at the award ceremony and all the other Igniting Writing members, guest speakers, parents and guardians for continuing to support the group.”

Igniting Writing is a creative writing club for 11-18 year-olds to develop their storytelling and writing skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Writing can be seen as a solitary activity, so it’s a great opportunity for teens to come together and write as a group, share their imaginative story ideas with others and build friendships with other young aspiring writers.

Sessions are held on Saturday mornings, 10:30am to 12noon at Wokingham Library.

From April 25, 2020 the sessions will change to

  • Year 6 to 7            9.45am to 11.15am
  • Year 8 to 13          11.45am to 1.15pm

Just drop in!

Recommended Books for teens in support of LGBT History Month 2020

Recommended Books for teens in support of LGBT History Month 2020

To celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) month we have put together a list of recommended titles for teen readers:

‘From Prejudice to Pride’ by Amy Lame This book looks at the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement and the different communities, pioneers and stories of heartbreak and courage that have marched alongside it. Perfect for readers aged 11 and upwards, this book will inspire courage and pride in young LGBTQ+ people and help answer questions for all readers interested in gender and identity.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour. ‘I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.

Proud – An anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, responding to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Trans mission : my quest to a beard by Alex Bertie Being a teenager is difficult enough, but having to go through puberty whilst realising you’re in the wrong body means dealing with a whole new set of problems: bullying, self-doubt and in some cases facing a physical and medical transition. Alex is an ordinary teenager: he likes pugs, donuts, retro video games and he sleeps with his socks on. He’s also transgender, and was born female. He’s been living as a male for the past few years and he has recently started his physical transition. Throughout this book, Alex will share what it means to be in his shoes, as well as his personal advice to other trans teens.

Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green  Painfully shy Alex lands a summer job at Wonderland, a run-down seaside arcade. He gets to know the other teen misfits who work there, and he even starts developing feelings for co-worker Ben. Then, as debtors close in, Alex and his new friends take it on themselves to save their employer. But in Wonderland nothing is quite what it seems.

Letting go by  Cat Clarke When Agnes made a promise to her girlfriend Ellie, she thought that they would be together forever. One year later, Agnes is keeping that promise and it’s put her in a situation she never could of predicted; climbing a desolate mountain, in miserable weather, with Ellie and her new boyfriend Steve. But when the weather takes a frightening turn and the sky-high tension between the trio hits its peak, Agnes will have to push herself further than she ever thought was possible.

What if it’s us  by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera Meet Ben and Arthur. Ben is a battered dreamer who’s shipping his ex-boyfriend’s things back to him. Arthur is new to New York and struggling to fit in. After an memorable meet-cute in a New York post office, the boys lose touch only be be brought back together via a ‘missed connection’ advert. Is it fate? It looks like it. But after a series of disastrous first dates, Ben and Arthur may have to accept the universe should’ve minded its own business.

Pulp by Robin Talley Two women are connected across generations through the power of words. In 1955 18-year-old Janet Jones must keep the love she shares with her best friend a secret – in the age of McCarthyism, to be gay is to sin. But when Janet discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in her. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a new-found ambition to publish her own story, she risks exposing herself – and Marie – to a danger all too real. 62 years later, Abby Cohen can’t stop thinking about her senior project – classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. She feels especially connected to one author, ‘Marian Love’, and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity. But is Abby prepared for what she will find?

Read me like a book by Liz Kessler  Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling – that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It’s enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents’ marriage troubles. There’s just one thing bothering her. Shouldn’t it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way – not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out by Susan KuklinAuthor and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender identity. Portraits, family photographs and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken.

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong – why he sometimes fantasises about having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak? In razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story. Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

This book is gay by   James Dawson Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at sexual orientation and gender identity. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.

Two boys kissing by David Levithan The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They’re hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They’re not a couple, but they used to be. Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He’s not sure how he feels. As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love.

Hero by Perry Moore Thom Creed is used to being on his own. Even though he’s a basketball star, his school classmates keep their distance. They have picked up on something different about Thom. Plus, he can’t escape his father’s history. Hal Creed was one of the greatest superheroes of his time until a catastrophic event left him disfigured and an outcast.

The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson David is funny and quirky and has always felt different from other people – but he also has a huge secret that only his two best friends know. Ever since he can remember, he has felt like a girl trapped in the body of a boy.

Like other girls by Claire Hennessy Here’s what sixteen-year-old Lauren knows: she’s not like other girls. She also knows it’s problematic to say that – what’s wrong with girls? She’s even fancied some in the past – but if you were stuck in St Agnes’s, her posh all-girls school in Ireland, you’d feel like that too. Here everyone’s expected to be Perfect Young Ladies – it’s even a song in the painfully-cheesy and sexist musical they’re putting on this year, directed by Lauren’s arch-nemesis. Lauren is not like other girls, and nor is her friend Evan, who’s just come out as a trans boy – which Lauren knows she’s supposed to be cool with but still feels betrayed by. (Having had an unrequited crush on Evan for years doesn’t help, either). Why can’t everyone just be themselves without obsessing over labels? Then Lauren discovers she’s pregnant – the most girlish thing of all.

Fight like a girl : 50 feminists who changed the world by Laura Barcella Feminism is a hot topic. The battle for gender equality is being fought by everybody from politicians to indie social media campaigners, celebrities to school girls. But how did we get here and who paved the way for today’s badass women? ‘Fight Like a Girl’ profiles 50 fearless women – both the historical icons and the unsung heroes – such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Frida Kahlo and Roxane Gay. Each extraordinary life story is accompanied by a stunning portrait, along with eye-opening sidebars on their hard-fought causes and iconic quotes. Be inspired by their stories, arm yourself with their knowledge, get active and ‘Fight like a girl.

History is all you left me by Adam Silvera OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means.

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Teen Writing Session at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival

 

Run Wild – Animal Writing for Teens with Igniting Writing

Writing from the perspective of animals is a common across children’s fiction, from classics like ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Peter Rabbit’ to more modern examples ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. But what is it about animals that makes them so engaging to readers? And how do you write animals in a way that makes them feel like distinctive characters, seeing the world from a different perspective than humans? Join Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s creative writing group for teens, to explore how to write about animal characters in a way that explores their personalities and brings them to life on the page!

A one and a half hour creative writing workshop, with group discussions, fun writing activities and the chance to read aloud to get some helpful writing critique.

Age range 11 to 18 years old

Igniting Writing is Wokingham Library’s creative writing club for 11-18 year-olds to develop their storytelling and writing skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Writing can be seen as a solitary activity, so Igniting Writing offers a great opportunity for teens to come together and write as a group, share their imaginative story ideas with others and build friendships with other young aspiring writers. Sessions are held every Saturday at Wokingham Library and each session covers a different writing topic, from creating characters and settings to exploring genres like sci-fi, fantasy and beyond. Roughly once a month Igniting Writing also hosts ‘guest speaker’ sessions, where local authors, poets, journalists and other people experienced in the world of writing come and share their knowledge and advice – it’s a chance to get the inside scoop from the pros! Igniting Writing has been running since 2014 and is led by Wokingham Library volunteer Alex Baker.

At Wokingham Library Saturday October 19th at  2pm to 3.30pm

Wokingham Library’s Igniting Writing Group Lead International Teen Creative Writing Contest

Wokingham Library’s Igniting Writing Group Lead International Teen Creative Writing Contest

Over the summer of 2019 Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s teen creative writing club for 11-18 year olds, jointly co-ordinated its first ever international teen creative writing competition. 

The contest was led in tandem with three other teen creative writing groups: Lake Erie Ink (USA), Young Writers Project (USA) and Fighting Words (Republic of Ireland). Members from each group were encouraged to submit a piece of writing of 2,000 words or less linking to the theme of ‘Explore’ in some way and a total of 16 teens sent in their brilliant submissions, ranging from poetry, short stories, screenplays and even extracts from longer stories. 

A contest winner was selected from each participating group and after much deliberation Katie was announced as the Igniting Writing winner, Vince won the Lake Erie Ink award and Tess (aka ‘Mythicalquill’) was chosen as the winner from Young Writers Project. 

Alex Baker, Igniting Writing’s group leader, said: “Huge congratulations to all entrants, especially the three winners, for their excellent writing and hard work. The contest was a big success, with a really high standard of submissions, and it was great to see the teens from all the different groups sharing in a mutual love of writing. We’ll definitely be looking to run another international creative writing contest next summer!”

Read the winning entries below:

Katie’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/187453169873/igniting-writing-explore-contest-2019

Vince’s submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/186778857173/igniting-writing-explore-contest-2019

Tess’ submission: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/187452925163/igniting-writing-explore-contest-2019

All the other ‘Explore’ contest entries can be read here: https://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/post/187454155093/igniting-writing-explore-contest-2019-now-closed

Teens Challenged to read this summer

Teens Challenged to read this summer 

This summer, the borough’s teenagers can take part in the Teen Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough Libraries. The Teen Reading Challenge is a way to keep reading over the summer and there are lots of wonderful books around that young people can read for pleasure.

To take up the challenge all you have to do is have a Wokingham Borough library card. If you don’t have one you can come and sign up for one at your local library.   To complete the challenge teenagers need to collect a challenge card from any Wokingham Borough Library; you will receive a stamp on your card each time you read a book from all six of the genres stated. The challenge starts July 1 and runs until September 1. Any young person who completes the challenge will be entered into a prize draw for a Young Adult book filled goody bag.

There is also a Poetry and Short Story Competition for Young People. We would like Teenagers to write a poem or short story in less than 500 words on the theme of Space. Just pick up an entry form, and hand them both into your local library by Saturday September 19. There are some amazing book themed prizes this year.

Wokingham Library will be hosting special events for Teens too.

Teen Writing Workshops

Ever wanted to try writing and coming up with your own stories? Or share your ideas with other aspiring writers? If so, you’re in luck – Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s creative writing club, are running a series of action-packed writing workshops for anyone between 11-18 years old to take part in!

Fanfiction Addiction

Everyone has a series they love getting sucked into, whether it’s a book, a TV show, a   movie, or something else entirely. If you’ve ever wanted to explore Hogwarts, or write about Sherlock Holmes in a whole new series of adventures, this workshop is your chance to give it a go and discover an amazing range of stories you can tell with characters and settings you know and love. Saturday July 27, 10.30am to 3pm

Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Classic fairy tales, like Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, have been retold countless times. But what is it about those stories that make fairy tales so timeless? And how can they be reimagined and written in the modern day? This workshop will focus on the core elements of fairy tale stories, from characters to settings, and give you the chance to     create your own fictional fables. Saturday August 3, 10.30am to 3pm 

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills. There will be a lunch break, so make sure you bring something with you.   £5 charge, per session. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

Book Recommendations for Teens Summer 2019

Book Recommendations for Teens Summer 2019

Title Author
Hurricane in my Head Matt Abbott
Love, Hate and Other Filters Samira Ahmed
Fierce Fragile Hearts Sara Barnard
Music and Malice in Hurricane Town Alex Bell
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? Holly Bourne
Nobody Real Steven Camden
Toffee Sarah Crossan
Rosie Loves Jack Mel Darbon
Proud Juno Dawson
Monsters Sharon Dogar
Unstoppable Dan Freedman
A pinch of magic Michelle Harrison
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Lauren James
A curse so dark and lonely Brigid Kemmerer
Kick the Moon Muhammad Khan
Rose, interrupted Patrice Lawrence
We Are Blood and Thunder Kesia Lupo
Truly, Wildly, Deeply Jenny McLachlan
When Dimple and Rishi Sandhya Menon
How to rob a bank Tom Mitchell
Killer T Robert Muchamore
No Fixed Address Susin Nielsen
Heartstopper Alice Oseman
The distance between me and the cherry tree Paola Peretti
Jelly Clare Rees
Outwalkers Fiona Shaw
Run, Riot Nikesh Shukla
The boy who lied Kim Slater
The Exact Opposite of Okay Laura Steven
Dear Martin Nic Stone
We See Everything William Sutcliffe
Fated Teri Terry
On the Come up Angie Thomas
Watch Us Rise Renée Watson
Home Girl Alex Wheatle
Paper Avalanche Lisa Williamson

Igniting Writing – Wokingham Libraries Teen Writing Group

Igniting Writing – Wokingham Libraries Teen Writing Group

Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s teen creative writing club, meet every Saturday during termtime.

Each week there are various topics, to inspire and encourage creative writing. The programme for the next few weeks will be:

  • Saturday 15th June, Utopias
  • Saturday 22nd June, Songwriting featuring Gary Kingham, a local musician with the band Mellor
  • Saturday 29th June, Critique session.
  • Saturday 6th July, Rap battles
  • Saturday 13th July, Food writing
  • Saturday 20th July, Writing games

To book call Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

The group will be restarting on September 7, 2019.

Look out for the Summer Creative Wiritng Workshops with Igniting Writing

Fanfiction Addiction – Everyone has a series they love getting sucked into, whether it’s a book, a TV show, a   movie, or something else entirely. If you’ve ever wanted to explore Hogwarts, or write about Sherlock Holmes in a whole new series of adventures, this workshop is your chance to give it a go and discover an amazing range of stories you can tell with characters and settings you know and love.

Saturday July 27, 10.30am to 3pm

Once Upon a Fairy Tale –Classic fairy tales, like Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, have been retold countless times. But what is it about those stories that make fairy tales so timeless? And how can they be reimagined and written in the modern day? This workshop will focus on the core elements of fairy tale stories, from characters to settings, and give you the chance to     create your own fictional fables.

Saturday August 3, 10.30am to 3pm 

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills.

There will be a lunch break, so make sure you bring something with you.

£5 charge, per session.

Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

 

Chill Skills sessions for Teenagers

Chill Skills sessions for Teenagers

If you know a Young Person that would benefit from Relaxation strategies, Mindfulness Moments and time to think about their own Wellbeing – so that they can be their Best Self. Please get in contact to find out about this FREE Workshop, there are limited spaces and each Young Person will take aware a Self-Care Kit.

Run by Alison Relax Kids Wokingham AreasContact Alison Relax Kids Wokingham Areas to find out more on alisonrelaxkids@gmail.comchill skills free workshop poster-page-001

Reading Well for young people

Reading Well is a collection of books that can help you cope with the pressures of life, boost your confidence and help you with difficult feelings and experiences.

The 35 books have all been chosen by young people and health experts and can be borrowed from our libraries. They contain information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress, or experiences such as bullying. Visit the Reading Agency website for more details.