BBC Teach and First Story collaborate with contemporary writers to produce a new set of creative writing resources, Inside the Writer’s Mind. A mix of video and document resources, six of the films in the BBC series are accompanied by a free classroom PDF by First Story.
The creative team crosses multiple media, genres and disciplines, including:
- Derek Owusu, novelist
- Hannah Khalil, playwright
- Javid Rezai, screenwriter
- Priya Hall, comedy writer
- Ram V graphic novelist
- Vicky Foster, poet
You can use BBC Teach for free whether you’re at home or at school, The website hosts thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.
Based on the prompt ‘Imagine you’re sat on a train and someone approaches to sit down opposite…’ Use your imagination and to focus on descriptive skills to produce a short narrative.
Write a dramatic scene, considering scenery, sounds, dialogue and characterisation. Include two people who care for each other but disagree about an issue.
Put your own unique twist on a classic fairytale. Work in small groups to rehearse and refine your reimagined scene.
Try writing a short comedy set (just a couple of jokes or funny stories) about someone they care about. Consider stage persona and delivery.
Write the script for a four-panel page from a comic or graphic novel, then collaborate with a partner. Turn each other’s scripts into an illustrated story.
In this exercise, use observation and description and considering all the senses, to produce a ‘cut-up’ poem.