ZERO TO HERO
A practical workshop to write a story in the style of
Firebird is a classical folk tale that uses many popular tropes found in world-literature. For me, the most interesting is the journey of a anti-hero no one trusts or likes to becoming a powerful and respected member of society.
In our workshop, the children get to choose a main character, a magical helper and a quest for their own version of the myth.
We will construct a five-step plot which we can expand into a proper story, with a well-thought out beginning, middle and a satisfying ending.
We’ll also look at the keywords we want to use in the text that will give our story a feel and voice of its own, and we’ll find out how work out the ratio of narrative to direct speech.
I will need a writing board or a flipchart and pens. The kids will need something to write on.
Book 1 of
THE WOLFSONG SERIES
It's 2500BC and the Neolithic is slowly giving way to the Bronze Age. In a remote village in the Orkneys now known as Skara Brae, 12 year old Wolf is in trouble. He has let a stranger into the village. And when a sacred spear is stolen from the local burial mound, Wolf is accused of facilitating the theft.
Determined to right the wrong he has caused, Wolf sets off on a dangerous quest to find the stolen spear. Will he and his faithful dog, Shadow, survive the storms at the sea, unscrupulous kidnappers and sorties into haunted burial mounds?
Publishes Summer 2020!