In the last couple of months I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in a fantastic activity, organised by Aliyah’s friend’s dad, Boris (who’s also an award winning academic at the uni of Edinburgh by the way).
Every second Sunday, Boris gets himself and a group of kids from the school together and runs a creative writing workshop, in a local cafe. And if you’re so inclined as a parent, you’re welcome to stay and write too. There is usually a warm up writing exercise, followed by the choice of two topics to write a longer piece on. At the end everyone reads out their writing in turns.
What a fantastic initiative!
It is wonderful to see the variety of interpretations and writing styles among the children, and to watch them explore and grow in their writing. Today, there were stories, fables, poems, and my own kid wrote what I describe as a short musical, and got everyone to join in the singing!
I have only stayed to write two times. Both times I have found it great to step out of my comfort zone and just focus on writing something I wouldn’t otherwise have thought to write. I also find the reading out of my writing quite challenging. It is something that makes me feel quite vulnerable and requires for me to really place trust in the listeners. I have found both the kids and the adults to be super respectful and very encouraging during the reading out process.
It is a very good opportunity to grow and build up creative writing skills. Aliyah and I always come out of it buzzing, and enjoy discussing it together on the way home. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning and I just feel so lucky to be able to take part!
Here’s the story I wrote today, based on a prompt of a Japanese doll, if you fancy reading it.