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Christopher Edge, author of ‘How to Write your Best Story Ever!’, shares his top 10 tips to help your child write amazing stories.
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Coming up with a great story idea can be tricky, which is why we’ve gathered together four fun activities to inspire your child’s creative writing.
Every story needs a star! These four fun activities will help any aspiring author dream up some page-turning protagonists.
Plastic has been revealed as the Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for the BBC 500 Words Competition. British children have once again shown themselves to be fabulously inventive, funny and socially astute.
Find out how using dictionaries and thesauruses can expand your child’s vocabulary and help them enjoy learning.
Oxford Dictionaries for Children has teamed up with BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words – the nationwide competition to find the most talented young writers in the UK!
Oxford University Press is proud to be partnering with the 500Words: Black Lives Matter story-writing competition. Our language experts collect and analyze every story received to better understand children’s language and inform learning, so get your pens at the ready!
Harriet Muncaster gives her top tips on how to write a story, from developing the characters to designing the plot.
Finished a first draft of your short story and not sure what to do next? Read Christopher Edge’s top tips for polishing your story to perfection.
From storytelling games to alternative Christmas stories, encourage your child’s creative writing during with our top tips for creative writing at Christmas.
Are you a budding David Walliams or the next J. K. Rowling? Find top tips, videos, activities, and books to help unleash your inner author.
A must-have write-in book for kids to put down their ideas, set the scene, choose their characters and craft their best short story in 500 words. With colourful illustrations throughout, it has prompts and ideas for building plot, action, characters and scenes. It also has suggestions for beginnings and endings to help children who are looking for a starting point.
Miss Trunchbull likes nothing better than to insult her pupils, and she uses some clever techniques to make her insults even more effective. Create your own insults!
Create your own dastardly villain with this character profile.
Five tips on writing a Christmas story, inspired by Christopher Edge’s How To Write Your Best Story Ever!
Tips, tricks and activities on creative writing from Harriet Muncaster.
Make up the details for your own dastardly villain with this description sheet.
Have a go at writing your own limerick about Bruce Bogtrotter.
Find the odd word out in each group of words that relate to being brave or courageous, then solve the word search.
Choose the adjective which best describes Miss Trunchbull’s actions and write it down. Then pick a word that means the opposite.
Look at the word webs and add your own words and phrases to describe being scared or being brave.
Created to inspire and guide budding writers, this book covers tips and advice for plot, characterisation, world-building, tone, editing, and much more to turn initial ideas into powerful stories.
How much do you know about Winnie the Witch?
Tips on how to write a gripping opening for your story.
Draw and write about your own superhero!
Write your own tongue-twisters.
Write your own magic key adventure!
Make your own vile villain!
Create your own pet.
Riddles are word puzzles. Can you work out what is being described?
Use these word cards to create sentences.
Tell a story based on your favourite headline.
Make up your own story!
Which disgusting ingredients would you use in a spell?
Change one word into another by changing one letter at a time.
Fill in the gaps in this story, and write your own ending.
Imagine what it would be like to go back in time.
Guess what happens next.
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