What is the most effective way of encouraging all children to explore and experiment with creative writing?
The aim is something that we can all aspire to: to make creative writing an enjoyable activity for all children.
But how? Especially with KS2 children who proclaim that they hate writing and can’t do it, and indeed don’t know what to say.
One particular approach that appeals to many is the sense of the utterly absurd – as with a request to write out the differences between a bicycle and a banana.
When an activity like this is then accompanied by instructions which seem contrary to the normal approach to writing (such as “write quickly” rather than “plan carefully”) suddenly the whole meaning of creative writing is changed.
And not only is the child’s vision of creative writing changed at this point, but the child also starts to understand that not all writers work in the same way. For while some do indeed spen
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