Creative writing workshop: Keeping up appearances

Add to My Folder

This content has not been rated yet. (Write a review)

By Teresa Saunderseducation journalist and children’s writer

Invite your class to create their own individual and exciting characters

Fairy

Our Creative Writing Workshop series looks at story characters in depth and detail, providing exciting opportunities for children to explore their favourite character – and create believable and interesting characters of their own. This article concentrates on the appearance – how writers use physical appearance, clothes and accessories to create distinctive characters.

Creating thrilling, unforgettable characters is the essence of good storywriting. Think of some firm favourites – from Alice in Wonderland to Tracy Beaker, Huckleberry Finn to Harry Potter, Hercules to the great Gandalf – and see how they move their stories along, generating atmosphere, drama and tension, stirring their readers’ imaginations and orchestrating their emotions. Explain to the children that great characters are not just conjured out of thin air – writers go through a range of different thought processes as they pursue their ideal character.

Time to think

Member-only content

Scholastic Resource Bank: Primary - join today!

  • Over 6,000 primary activities, lesson ideas and resources
  • Perfect for anyone working with children from 5 to 11 years old
  • Unlimited access from just £1.25 per month
Join now

Reviews

You need to be signed in to place a review.