Bolton School Senior Boys

Writer in Residence Helps Boys Get Creative

Bolton School’s Writer in Residence, Iris Feindt, who also works as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, is currently running a six-week writing project at the School.

Working with the whole of Year 7, Iris, who also writes for children and has edited a collection of short stories about animals for children called ‘Animal Stew’,is developing monologues about British inventors with the classes.

The monologues are merging fact with fiction. The main aim is to instil a sense that in order to produce a strong piece of writing, being able to ‘make something up’ is just as important as doing research.

Gaining confidence in their own ideas and understanding the process of producing a piece of original writing, from first thoughts to the finished monologue, will help pupils develop a skill set that will be useful across the board.

When Iris was asked what she gets out of it, she said, “Projects like this are great fun because the pupils tend to get very excited and that’s wonderful. The best part is seeing their ideas develop into fully-formed stories. Also, the pupils seem to get more and more confident in their ideas as the weeks pass. They usually go from asking ‘Is this right? Can I do it like that?’ to just having a go and coming up with some truly fantastic ideas.”

Writer in Residence Iris Feindt

The boys performed their monologues to camera and in front of an audience of classmates

Writer in Residence Iris Feindt
Writer in Residence Iris Feindt