Six students from Year 7 & Year 8 went on a trip to Thistley Hough Academy on Tuesday 16th October in order to take part in an ‘Able Writers’ workshop’ delivered by a highly talented contemporary poet, Andy Craven-Griffiths.
The session began with an icebreaker whereby Andy delivered a poem called ‘Words’ which included everyone’s name in the room – a great opener to the day!
Andy cleverly structured the day by getting the students to initially think about the 4 principles needed to construct a poem: 1) Play 2) Honesty 3) Trying things 4) Craft. He elicited personal memories from the students which they then transformed into similes and metaphors for literary effect. The use of the senses, functions and emotions also helped to extend their basis for their final poem which they could perform at the end of the day.
All of the elements of the day were drawn together to help the students create their own personal poems. Some students were courageous enough to perform their poems individually to the whole group; they excelled with their performances and did our Academy extremely proud.
The central focus of the workshop was to encourage our young writers to write about anything they want to, to make it personal and humorous and to use the correct tone when reading a poem.
The students involved had impeccable behaviour and used many opportunities throughout the day to speak aloud, showing their enthusiasm for writing and confidence in delivering. They truly came to the realisation that writing your own poetry can be so much fun! A great day had by all.