So, what does happen when we give young people a few simple writing tools and FREEDOM ?
I’m excited to be able to share snippets of work that some brilliant 13 and 14 year old writers at Didcot Girls’ School have created this week. (And I should add that these are drafts produced in a very limited space of time. I am entirely unashamed of their crossings out and spelling mistakes.)
The quality and originality of their writing wasn’t the only thing that blew me away!
Just take a look at some of their brief reflections on the workshop process:
So this evidence all begs the question: What do we need to do to provide an environment that enables young people’s creativity to flourish?
I think that the most important element is summed up by one student here –
‘I loved how much freedom we were given.’
Reassure these young writers that there are no ‘rules’; that there are no right or wrong answers; that there is no pressure to offer up what they write; that this writing is first and foremost PLAY and EXPERIMENTATION.
Then sit back and wait…