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The Magic Box by Kit Wright


Sue Wilsea, PhD student in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, used Kit Wright’s poem, The Magic Box, as inspiration for a group of primary school children to write poetry of their own, in the Creative Writing After-School Club she led during 2014. This is a link to Kit reading the poem himself. Some of the [...]


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Kurt Vonnegut’s Writing Tips


Kurt Vonnegut wrote amazing science fiction, short stories and novels,  many of which became extremely successful films. His ’8 Rules for Writing Stories’ are funny and brilliant. Here they are: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at [...]


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Start your story here (3) Idea from Y12


photo credit: minka6 via photopin cc The rooftop was covered, overflowing with every flower imaginable in all the colours of the rainbow. Playing from speakers hidden under all the nature came soft classical music. The lights of the city shone like stars as far as you could see. The fireworks would start any minute now, celebrating [...]


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Angel of the North

City images: inspiration for Heaton Manor School Flash Fiction competition 2012


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The last time I'll go mountain biking

Wish you were here.


What were they doing when they set out? Where did they hope to go?  What will they find? Photographs by Jan Wiltshire http://www.cumbrianaturally.co.uk/ Are they on their way to the centre of the mountain or have they just escaped? What else lives in this wild place, is watching and waiting for cyclists who have to [...]


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Iceberg

The perfect place? Tell the story


The weather can blow a story off course. In the mountains, on the coast, conditions can change rapidly.  In a winter landscape of ice and snow, once the sun goes down temperatures will fall fast- to below zero, and darkness will be total.  The Mountain Rescue tell how useless a mobile phone would be to [...]


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Start your story here (2) Idea from Y12


As I stared into the distance, it occurred to me what we had achieved. Just decades ago, mankind was fighting diseases and themselves. Now here we were, approaching the landing dock on Planet 4. We felt invincible, like nothing could stop us. How were we supposed to know what was waiting for us… can you imagine yourself [...]


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open door

Start your story here (1) Idea from Y12


photo credit: tim ellis via photopin cc He was ready. Finally, this was the big break he’d been waiting for. This was his ticket out of the dull life on the farm, and a future just like everyone else. Everything he’d done, everything he’d worked for his entire life was leading up to this moment. As [...]


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Fly orchid

Aliens have landed


Photo Jan Wiltshire http://www.cumbrianaturally.co.uk/ Have aliens  landed at last? An innocent flower? a bug? the beginning of the end? Write a story in fifty words, to include these words: * alien * sky * child * creeping  


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