Recently, the Year 9 and 10 Girls’ homegroups attended a workshop run by Maxine Beneba Clarke, a successful author who has published fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Maxine’s workshop was mainly about her collection of short fiction, Foreign Soil. Which is a prize-winning collection of short fiction. Some of the stories in the book include Harlem Jones, David and The Sukiyaki Book Club and many more exciting stories. The other part of her workshop was how to make a perfect story and how to make a character. The image down below shows the structure she uses to write creatively:
She uses this type of structure every time she writes. Then in small groups she told us to make up a character. Once we made the character we had to make three sentences of dialogue that the character would say which describes them as a person but doesn’t blatantly describe who they are and what the look like. We did this activity to make the reader piece all the elements together to discover who the character is. This workshop was an amazing experience for everyone who attended as I believe everyone learnt something new and interesting about creative writing.
By Summer Jordan 9A