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SK Schools Wrap-Round Creative Writing Workshops

SK Schools Wrap-Round Creative Writing Workshops
posted 03 Dec 2020


Creative writing workshops to inspire children are being offered to primary schools in South Kesteven in January and February 2021 to support the Deepings Literacy Festival’s 500 words style competition.

Old Tales to Inspire New Writers

Children and young people from across South Kesteven are being invited to take part in an exciting new short story writing competition in association with the Deepings Literary Festival and South Kesteven District Council’s Cultural Services team.

For inspiration, the district’s young authors will write a short story of up to 500 words creating an imaginative twist on a well-known nursery rhyme or tale. The competition has two age group categories, 5-8 years and 9-13 years.

Deepings Literary Festival Committee Member, Ros Rendle, said: “We want children and young people to really use their imaginations by taking a popular tale and giving it an unusual spin. Perhaps the wolf in the three little pigs was simply misunderstood? Or maybe the witch in Hansel and Gretel was just lonely? The possibilities are endless. We hope the initiative will encourage children to revisit some of their favourite stories and look to retell them in unusual and entertaining ways.” 

A shortlist of the best entries will go to Festival Patron and international best-selling author Elly Griffiths and well-known local children’s author, Hannah Gold, to decide the overall winner.

Councillor Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, the Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy at South Kesteven District Council, said: “2021 will celebrate the third Deepings Literary Festival and once again SKDC is delighted to support this excellent local event. Encouraging creativity in young people is especially important and the fascinating world of words and reading opens doors to the wider world of arts.”   

The first prize will be a £50 voucher and signed copies of children’s books by the judges and book prizes for 2nd and 3rd places too.  For more details and to submit entries email: enquiries@deepingsliteraryfestival.co.uk by: 31st March 2021.

If your school would like a free school workshop and more information please contact Jo Dobbs at jo.dobbs@southkesteven.gov.uk


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