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Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

On this week’s Bright Sparks Creative Burst, Sarah Webb is inspired by Brendan Kennelly’s poem ‘Begin’. Join Sarah as she gives us some great creative prompts for naming characters and starting stories!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

In this #NovelTeens mini masterclass, Anna Carey explains that humour doesn’t mean you’re not taking a subject seriously: it can actually be a way of exploring solemn subjects in your writing!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Try rewriting your story from scratch, says Darren Shan, as he guides us through the editing process.

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

In this episode, Deirdre Sullivan, author of the upcoming Savage Her Reply — a retelling of The Children of Lir — gives us the nuts and bolts of retelling tales, and explains how words can’t be fixed if they aren’t there.

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

In the second edition of NovelTeens, author Dave Rudden talks about how to create a compelling antagonist for your story. What is it that makes a villain really stand out? And how do they put pressure on your story’s heroes?

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

If you had to create the world’s craziest and most delicious ice cream sundae, what would it be like? Today’s creative burst theme is food, glorious food. Join Sarah Webb on an adventure exploring some of her favourite writing games and story prompts all inspired by food!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Have you ever seen a dragonfly? Today’s Bright Sparks Creative Burst is about all creatures, great and small. Join Sarah Webb for stories, word games and poems inspired by animals – with a cameo by Sarah’s dog, Lucky!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Make your own whacky words! Today’s Creative Burst theme is Stuff and Nonsense: join writer Sarah Webb to create some funny stories, word games and poems!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

In this Bright Sparks Creative Burst explore hidden stories by using everyday junk found around the house to inspire us to create some original pieces of work. With a little inspiration from Sarah Crossan’s #wearethepoets postcards, Sarah Webb uses blackout poetry and highlights words to make a poem. Download the materials to create some poetry or prose of your very own!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

In today’s Creative Burst we will be looking at the wonderful world of nature. Sarah Webb takes inspiration from rain rhymes and haiku poetry and encourages you to be inspired by nature too!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

In today’s edition, children’s author Sarah Webb explores the wonderful world of colour and encourages you to use your imagination and add details in your work to truly bring your characters and stories alive! So, what’s your favourite colour?

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

There is a famous saying: ‘A picture paints a thousand words’. On today’s Bright Sparks Creative Burst, Sarah Webb uses photographs, poetry and art to inspire us to create delicious and original stories of our very own!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Sarah Webb will guide you in some story prompts and wordplay that will awaken all of your senses. Inspired by poetry from both Edward Thomas and Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Sarah encourages you to use the theme of jellyfish as a springboard for today’s creative bursts!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Join children’s writer and creative writing teacher Sarah Webb for day two of Bright Sparks Creative Bursts. Using story prompts and word games, Sarah will inspire you to go wild with your imagination!

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Author: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

What’s your spirit animal? Join award winning author Sarah Webb and explore some fun writing exercises and games to get your creative brain buzzing!  Go for it – let your imagination soar.

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