Schools programme

Created especially to cultivate writing confidence and stamina in children in Cornwall. Courses and training that support school strategies for raising attainment and aspiration.

We can offer:

  • A 6 week programme 
  • One off Immersion Days
  • The Pop Up Writers’ Block
  • Digital Creative Writing Workshops
  • The Story Republic pop up poetry sessions

“Amazing, delightful, terrific. I learnt that you could describe atmosphere only using a colour and write a whole story based on an object as small as an arrow.” St Mewan School

Led by professional writers and educators, pupils learn techniques to enable them to start writing when they think they have no ideas, use free writing as a tool for unblocking, gain inspiration from things around them and begin to edit, refine and redraft work. This toolkit imparts confidence which stays with them in all areas of work. Once young people realise they have a story to tell, they will make the effort to tell it in the best possible way.

We can offer 6 week programmes which include teacher CPD, one off immersion days and a combination of both!

The 6 week programme includes:

  • One CPD day for teachers and teaching assistants: 10am to 2pm inside The Writers’ Block in Redruth.

Through working with each other and our team of professionals, teachers will learn how to inspire, motivate and enthuse even the most unwilling writers.

  • 5 x 2 hour weekly sessions for up to 15 children, accompanied by teachers and support staff

Led by a professional writer children will experience the surprises, reveals and curious worlds of The Writers’ Block and claim them as their own.  Over the five weeks, children will be inspired to write, encouraged to share and develop their ideas and produce work of the highest quality.  

When: Courses take place in six-week blocks (one CPD session and five weekly sessions). Sessions are for two hours a week, either morning or afternoon. CPD can be a twilight.

Where:  The Writers’ Block, The Ladder 2-4 Clinton Road, Redruth TR15 2QE

Cost:     £1250 per school.

One off Immersion Days

These days are particularly useful for kick starting a project back at school or for supporting more able writers to go to the next level. Our most popular workshop is Imagination Firelighters, giving children new techniques for generating ideas and non stereotypical vocabulary.

One day 10am – 2pm is £425 and half day (2 hours) is £250 for up to 15 children.

NEW The Pop Up Writers’ Block can come to your school! We know that transport is always an issue in Cornwall, so for those schools who can’t travel to our unique centre in Pool, we can come to you!

NEWDigital Creative Writing Workshops for schools. The Curious Writer is a 5 part digital creative writing workshop designed for KS2 or KS3 and can be delivered in class or via e-classrooms.

For further information and booking contact Helen Reynolds [email protected]
Helen works Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 07771 981094