Monday, 24 February 2014

Visit By Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

On 12 February, GCSE students from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy attended a creative writing workshop at the University, hosted by the Department of English.
Led by lecturer Dr Graham Atkin, the students completed an exercise called ‘The Character Box’, which helps budding dramatists and fiction writers think about how to create distinct and interesting characters.
Each student filled in a blank box template on a sheet of A4, responding to different prompts and questions from Graham about the character they are creating, such as: ‘Name, Age, and Gender’; ‘Worst Day’; and ‘Dream/Hope/Aspiration’. Having filled in the template and cut out and assembled the boxes, everyone had a rounded (albeit cuboid) character about whom a play or story could be written.