Being a writer means being open to trying new things. This project focuses on finding the techniques that work for young writers and experimenting with forms they might not have considered before. This is all about developing a toolkit of habits and exercises that will help them grow into confident writers.
Mentored By: Sarah Davy – Writing Mentor
Through the project, students developed ways of writing through creative exercises and exploring writing habits. The process encouraged them to read widely, to consider using techniques that work for them and to think about how writing is found everywhere.
Students explored poetry, flash fiction and novels. They also heard from three published writers who introduced their work and form. Then, they learned how to use everyday objects as story starters before choosing their form and writing and editing their own piece of creative writing.
This is a chance to experiment and to learn how to turn creative ideas into finished pieces of work. They were supported through both the writing and editing stages. The writing stage helped them explore their creativity, and the editing stage helped them learn how to work to a short, concise brief.
As part of the TICE experience, students were encouraged to share some ‘behind the scenes’ footage of them working on their projects. Take a look.
Please view the final results of the students’ work from George Stephenson High School.
What did the students say about their TICE experience?
What was your favourite part of the project?
“I really enjoyed writing in the different styles and ways to transform your writing also, then sending them off for everyone to have their own view and feedback.” Zara Merrilees, George Stephenson High School
What do you think you will take away from doing this project?
“I will take away from this experience of being given an opportunity for my stories and ideas to be read to other people who do this for a living and get more personal feedback directly from them. Also the fact that I’ve learnt for knowledge of creating a story from just an idea from your head.” Zara Merrilees, George Stephenson High School
What do you feel you have personally achieved in completing this project?
“I have achieved developing something I love as I already love my English and my mind can sometimes be full of ideas so I’m happy that I got to write them down for everyone to see and finishing something I’m proud of which I’m so excited to see when it is all done.” Zara Merrilees, George Stephenson High School
What would you say to any young person thinking about doing a TICE project?
“Definitely do it! It’s overall an amazing experience for young people full of creativity as it helps spark new stuff and you get a lot of new knowledge and understanding of where to start and If you’re a person who is interested in writing it really helps shape and bloom you if you have no idea of how to start or where to put your ideas.” Zara Merrilees, George Stephenson High School
And finally… Thank you
Thank you and well done, not only to the students but to the teachers at George Stephenson High School. And a big thank you to North Tyneside Learning Trust, to the companies that have supported and contributed to this project, and to the TICE team that plugged away at the project week after week.
To the students – we hope you have enjoyed this project, we hope in years to come that you can proudly present an industry written project you did, achieved, quite frankly smashed. Well done and congratulations from everyone here at TICE.