I was in my early twenties when I got my first gig teaching creative writing. Freshly trained as a script reader, I walked into an all girls’ secondary comprehensive school. Standing in front of thirty rowdy teenage girls, hoping they will be remotely interested in what you have to say – and praying they won’t heckle too viciously – is a daunting experience. Thankfully, it went well and went on to teach screenwriting and creative writing in many schools, colleges, universities, media centres, community groups and homeless shelters throughout the country, working with adults and young people of all ages and backgrounds.
Over a decade later, I have developed a large selection of worksheets and exercises to suit specific audiences in terms of age, ability and desired outcomes. I felt the time had come to offer these worksheets publicly in one simple pack, grouped according to the particular writing elements they are designed to address. I hope you find them useful.
The exercises do not need to be followed in any particular order, and not every exercise in each section will appeal to every writer. Everybody works in different ways, but it is my intention that the exercises should be diverse enough in their approach that there is something in each section for every writer.
I use many of these exercises when writing my own stories, turning to different chapters of the pack to improve my work and keep practicing. Feel free to get in touch and let me know what has worked for you.