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Retracing the Hero’s Journey with the Young Writers

A clear structure makes for a much more compelling story, and it was with this in mind that we approached Saturday’s Young Writers workshop. There is no shortage of creativity within the sessions, but we wanted to explore how best to put that into practice. […]

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Whodunnit? – Exploring Unreliable Narrators with the Young Writers

In our most recent Young Writers workshop, we considered the trope of the unreliable narrator. We set up a scenario where guests had gathered at a stately home for a New Year’s Eve party in 1929. All the guests retired, and many woke with sore […]

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Volunteer with us! 

Volunteer with us! DEADLINE 26 MARCH 2024   Are you a creative person with a bit of time on your hands? Are you interested in volunteering with children? The Writers’ Block is looking for volunteers to help support our children’s programme!   Who are we […]

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The Power of Knowledge: Exploring Dystopian Fiction with the Young Writers

Dystopia seems to be an ever-popular theme with our students, and our most recent Young Writers workshop offered a twist on this theme by weaving current events into the workshop. In October the British Library fell victim to a cyber attack where criminals held the […]

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Reimagined Fairy Tales with the Young Writers

Our first Young Writers workshop of 2024 found us in familiar territory, exploring the history of fairy tales. We began by introducing Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, and then started playing with these well-known stories to encourage reimagination. Before bending the rules, you need […]

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Exploring Mystery and Crime Writing with the Young Writers

Exploring Mystery and Crime Writing with the Young Writers Last Saturday’s Young Writers workshop offered an opportunity to explore the conventions of crime and mystery writing. We set the scene by having a conversation about Cluedo, invented in 1949 but still enjoyed today for its […]

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Call for Emerging Short Story Writers

Devonport Writers’ Room: In partnership with Real Ideas at The Market Hall, The Writers’ Block is looking for three emerging professional writers living in or around Plymouth or South East Cornwall who are interested in short form stories for re-telling through digital screening and live […]

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Structured Poetry Fun with the Young Writers

Our most recent Young Writers workshop was prompted by a participant who asked whether we could explore structured poetry. This topic is so broad that the possibilities were almost endless. We eventually decided to focus on two more familiar forms, with the potential to explore […]

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Little Story Seekers Spring 2024

February: Redruth Library: Tuesday 2pm 6th February – Jo Camborne Library: Wednesday 10.30am on 14th February – Ali Redruth Library:  Friday 11am on 23nd February – Jo  March: Redruth Library: Friday 11am on 8th March  –  Nina Camborne Library:  Wednesday 10.30am on 20th March – […]

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Unifying Threads: Exploring Saints and Sinners with the Young Writers

Unifying Threads: Exploring Saints and Sinners with the Young Writers The first Young Writers workshop of the new term gave us the opportunity to explore new territory using familiar forms. We had been asked to support the participants in preparing new work on the theme […]

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