Creative Writing Workshop
On 15 September, we were pleased to have author Lucy Strange visit us for two workshops on creative writing.
Lucy won the 2014 Montegrappa First Fiction Prize and has gone on to publish three novels with Chicken House in the UK. Her first novel, The Secret of Nightingale Wood, was published in October 2016 and was the Waterstones Book of the Month, described as ‘startlingly good’ by The Daily Telegraph who placed it at Number 10 in the Top 50 Books of 2016. Lucy’s books are published by Scholastic in the US and have been translated into many languages including French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Croatian, Russian, Farsi and Mandarin. The Ghost of Gosswater was published in 2020 and was the Times Book of the Week and was chosen as one of The Times best children’s books of the year: ‘a classic gothic novel for beginners.’
Pupils from the Third Form to the Grecians attended and were able to learn about Lucy’s methods for writing creatively. Many pupils are already engaged in some form of creative writing, through poetry or prose. One junior pupil is even well into writing her own series of books! Pupils said that they ‘really enjoyed hearing about what it takes to be a writer’ and also ‘liked hearing about what inspires Lucy’.