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Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, 2010 (Girls’ Division)

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Tips from Writers on Creative Writing Course

Monday, 18 February 2013

Twenty Bolton School Girls’ Division pupils in years 10 to 13 attended a three day Creative Writing course during the half term holidays.

Each day started with a whole group session with local writers with plenty of writing exercises and activities to inspire the girls and get their ideas flowing, including giving them three minutes to write a poem about a tractor! The emphasis was on participation and mutual support, including reading out and sharing their work with other members of the group. Sessions were run by successful Manchester writers - poet Mike Garry and novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, and they passed on their tips for success and writing advice to the girls.

In the afternoons, girls were free to find a computer or a comfy chair in the library to write independently, developing what they started in the morning into finished pieces. The tutors offered 15 minute one-to ones for girls to show work written previously or discuss work in progress.

On Friday afternoon the girls were given the chance to contribute their own poems, short stories and drawings to a Group Anthology. The course concluded with a dinner together, followed by an evening in the Turret Library, sharing readings of their own work and favourites from literature. This time next year, there will be a full week's Creative Writing Retreat at Patterdale Hall on Ullswater, so keen writers should keep their diaries free!

The writing workshop complements the continuing creative successes of Bolton School Girls’ Division pupils. Year 9 pupil Johanna Mercer had her first book ‘Demon Rose’ published in the Amazon Kindle store, while Year 13 pupil Erin Taylor won the poetry category of the prestigious Portico Prize for Young Writers, with two other Bolton School pupils, Annie Simon and Georgia Thurston, Highly Commended.

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Creative writing course

Manchester poet Mike Garry worked with the girls on the course, passing on useful techniques and advice

Creative writing course

Girls took part in exercises to inspire them and get ideas flowing

Creative writing course