For the fourth year
running, Cheltenham College Junior School hosted the Young Writers' Day as part
of The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival's Education programme. The event
was open to Year 5 and 6 pupils from primary and prep schools all over Gloucestershire
and this year a total of 30 children from Bisley Blue Coat School, Bourton on
the Water, Oakridge Parochial School, Rose Hill Westonbirt, St Gregory the
Great and Cheltenham College Junior School attended the day.
author, Vivian French, led three workshops, teaching pupils to explore new and
unexpected ways of creating characters and helping them to plan gothic stories
with a twist. Vivian has written over 200 books. She is well known for her
Tiara Club series and the comic fantasy series Tales from the Five Kingdoms and
she has a gift for creating extraordinary characters.
Mr Noll Jenkins, Acting
Headmaster of Cheltenham College Junior School commented: "This is a
wonderful opportunity for children to let their imaginations run wild in a fun
and exciting manner. Not only does it give them a valuable insight into the
world of fictional writing but it teaches them how to channel their own ideas
into words. "