Author gives top tips on creative writing and story building at Gosport event

4/2/12   Sport''Author Judy Waite holds a writing workshop at Bridgemary School Library, as part of National Librarys Day with Shannon Green 11 left''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120409-7)
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QUIRKY characters and imaginative plots were dreamt up during a creative writing workshop.

Bridgemary School, in Wych Lane, Gosport, took part in National Libraries Day on Saturday.

4/2/12   Sport''Author Judy Waite holds a writing workshop at Bridgemary School Library, as part of National Librarys Day''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120409-2)

4/2/12 Sport''Author Judy Waite holds a writing workshop at Bridgemary School Library, as part of National Librarys Day''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120409-2)

The school invited author Judy Waite to come along and pass on her love of literacy.

During the morning the school’s learning resource centre was open to pupils and members of the public to find out more about writing.

The area was decorated with a clown theme to tie in with the author’s new book called Fun Fear.

Around 15 pupils took part in the first workshop with Judy that focused on developing characters.

Shannon Green, 11, said: ‘It was really fun to learn more about creative writing.

‘I discovered how to build characters in a story and I created Jasmine Bowen, who is really good at sports.

‘Then I developed the plot and introduced dragons into it.’

Bridgemary pupil Bethany Brown, 13, added: ‘I heard about the workshops from the posters around school and decided to come along with a friend.

‘I’ve been using my creativity to write stories as it’s my forte and I’ve enjoyed picking up tips.’

Judy Waite has been a children’s author for around 15 years and also teaches at the University of Winchester.

She said: ‘I’m very interested in creative writing in schools and think it is so important it is developed.

‘It’s a great way to use your imagination and is good at stimulating the mind.

‘The pupils in this workshop were great and really responsive.’

Youngsters also got a chance to take part in art and dance workshops.

Art teacher Emma Cairns helped to organise the morning.

She said: ‘We are one of the only schools in Gosport to take part in National Libraries Day.

‘One of the things we’re working on improving is literacy and the creative education.

‘Student librarians held workshops after school to make the bunting and other bits to decorate the centre with.

‘It’s all about generating creativity and it has been an excellent morning.’