25th to 27th October 2013 saw twenty-two children attend a residential “www” (Weekend Writing Workshop” in Alnwick. We were fortunate that Adam Bushnell, a well-known children’s author, joined us for the weekend, working with the children on characterisation and settings as preparation for story-writing.
Friday evening saw the children gaining stimuli from a range of medieval artefacts (where else can you try on a suit of armour, and touch a real sword?), followed by a range of visits.
On Saturday, a journey to Edinburgh took us to see Greyfriars Bobby, then to the nearby graveyard (always a good source of stimulus). In the afternoon, a visit to the Castle (where we saw the dungeons and Prisoner of War cells amongst many other areas), and finally the Camera Obscura, before returning for spooky stories in the churchyard opposite the Youth Hostel where we were staying. More work on their stories before bed.
Sunday dawned bright and sunny, so after some work on the iPads, it was off to Alnwick Gardens, a tour round the gardens, a special visit to the Poison Garden, and finally a visit to the Tree House.
By the end of the weekend, the children had some fantastic notes in preparation for their stories and the creation of a fantastic book for our library!