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500 Words: A workshop for young writers

8 February @ 14:00 - 16:00

Bring your young writers along to a workshop that will equip them with the tools they need to write and submit their very own short story to BBC’s 500 Words Writing Competition!  

About this Event

Steve Katon will be running a creative writing workshop for your young writers, and will help them understand and gain the tools they need to create their own 500-word story ready for submission to the BBCs 500 Words Writing Competition.

Throughout the session they will learn what makes a good short story including how to create characters, setting and plot, the pros and cons of detailed plotting versus character-driven stories, how to generate ideas and how to edit their final piece.

Steve’s main goal is to give your young writers the confidence and tools to submit their own short story to BBC 500 Words. This goal will be met by delivering fun, interactive exercises.

What is BBC 500 Words Writing Competition?

‘500 Words’ is the UK’s most successful short story-writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 13.

It was launched back in 2011, after Chris Evans had a dream. He dreamt of getting children excited about reading and writing. All children: no matter what their ability, experience, or background.

In 2018 134,790 children entered the competition, and since it launched, the competition has received over 800,000 short stories.

It’s super simple. All entrants must pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it online. It can be about ANYTHING you want – space-ships, grannies, insects, microwaves. The list is endless!

Read more here.

About Steve Katon

Steve is a Nottingham-based storyteller and writer for children. He’s currently working on a magical fantasy trilogy set in the 19th century. Steve love stories in all forms, and is really interested in why we tell stories and what makes a good one.

His current project is turning his children’s trilogy into a graphic novel and then into a screenplay. Hopefully it’s clear that he loves stories and learning!

Book your place

The cost of the workshop is £10 per child, £13 for two together and £15 for three.

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8 February
14:00 - 16:00
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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