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A fictional short story writing workshop using different genres for inspiration
A fictional short story writing workshop using different genres for inspiration

Duration: 02:09

A story workshop can be a great and entertaining way of encouraging young people to write fiction, especially when they are given suggested characters, genres and memories to weave into their work.

 
Adventure Opening: Luke Jackson
Adventure Opening: Luke Jackson

Duration: 01:02

Dramatised story starter. A teenager leaving a house and walks down the street.

 
Author David Peace Talks About His Writing
Author David Peace Talks About His Writing

Duration: 08:06

Interview with David Peace about his novels, including the 'Red Riding' triology, 'The Damned Utd' and 'Occupied City'.

 
Author Michael Morpurgo on how he writes his stories
Author Michael Morpurgo on how he writes his stories

Duration: 06:20

Michael Morpurgo reveals how he came to write the novels Private Peaceful and War Horse and explains the importance of finding a story's point of view and the voice which tells the story.

 
Developing Mystery
Developing Mystery

Duration: 02:53

A young woman tells a story, intercut with a re-enactment of what happened. She meets a man she knew when they were children, but he doesn't remember her. At first friendly, her manner then changes as she gets her revenge.

 
Developing Narrative Writing
Developing Narrative Writing

Duration: 01:38

A variety of authors provide tips on how they develop their narrative writing across a range of ideas.

 
Elmore Leonard - Advice on Writing
Elmore Leonard - Advice on Writing

Duration: 05:05

Writer Elmore Leonard gives advice on how to write based on his own experience and using specific examples from his novels.

 
Exploring genre
Exploring genre

Duration: 03:58

Various writers explore different ways of adapting the traditional genre of fairy tales.

 
Fairy Tales - Ingredients and Influence
Fairy Tales - Ingredients and Influence

Duration: 04:47

An exploration of the key ingredients of traditional fairy tales is followed by well known authors discussing the influence of such tales on their own writing.

 
Finishing a Draft
Finishing a Draft

Duration: 02:35

Short clips of well known authors talking about the final stages of writing a novel.

 
Growth of the Graphic Novel
Growth of the Graphic Novel

Duration: 07:03

Commentary on the growth in popularity of the graphic novel, with a brief explanation of techniques used.

 
How Famous Authors Get Their Ideas
How Famous Authors Get Their Ideas

Duration: 03:32

Writers discuss what provides them with the stimulus to write a story and stress the importance of the opening of any piece.

 
Mystery
Mystery

Duration: 01:39

Four students meet up in a cafe and talk about their new friend, Liam, who is not all he appears to be.

 
Mystery Ending: The Kid (pt 2/2)
Mystery Ending: The Kid (pt 2/2)

Duration: 00:46

An example of the mystery genre of writing. The clip shows footage of a man and woman arguing in a car plus an older woman reading a letter.

 
Mystery Opening: The Kid (pt 1/2)
Mystery Opening: The Kid (pt 1/2)

Duration: 00:48

Dramatised story starter. A teenager is seen leaving a house and walking down the street.

 
Philip Pullman on the fantastical parallel worlds in his novels
Philip Pullman on the fantastical parallel worlds in his novels

Duration: 05:19

Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, gives fascinating insights into the workings of a novelist's mind, and encouragement to anyone daunted by the task of writing a long, continuous piece of work. In interview and when reading his work he highlights the importance of determination, imagination, memory and being true to one's self.

 
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Comedy

Duration: 01:18

A teenage student is confronted by the girl of his dreams, to whom he has just given a poem. His inner dialogue reveals his turmoil.

 
Stories: Nick Marriott
Stories: Nick Marriott

Duration: 01:56

Dramatised story starter: a hitchhiker visits a stately home. There is something wrong with the building, something strange and ghostly.

 
Story Opening
Story Opening

Duration: 01:08

Drama where a boy travels in time, and is then pressured into disclosing the winning Lottery numbers.

 
Story Openings: Hardridge Hall
Story Openings: Hardridge Hall

Duration: 01:36

A young man approaches Hardridge Hall, buys an entrance ticket from the strangely pale receptionist and goes into one of the rooms.

 
Story Openings: Mike Preston
Story Openings: Mike Preston

Duration: 02:06

Dramatised story with Mike Preston, private investigator, who intervenes in time to thwart criminals stealing art from a stately home.

 
Story Openings: The Letter (pt 1/3)
Story Openings: The Letter (pt 1/3)

Duration: 01:10

Dramatised story starter. Two boys in school uniform enter a school cafeteria and hand a blank envelope to a girl.

 
Story Openings: The Letter (pt 2/3)
Story Openings: The Letter (pt 2/3)

Duration: 0:43

Dramatised story starter: two school boys give a mysterious letter to some girls.

 
Story Openings: The Letter (pt 3/3)
Story Openings: The Letter (pt 3/3)

Duration: 01:37

Writer Colin Ward gives advice on story openings.

 
Story Structure
Story Structure

Duration: 01:04

A description of structure, with some exemplification of how many stories often follow a pattern of opening, complication, crisis and resolution.

 
Top tips for young aspiring writers from author Rebecca Abrams
Top tips for young aspiring writers from author Rebecca Abrams

Duration: 02:31

Rebecca Abrams gives Top Tips for young fiction writers on subjects including plot, character and dialogue.

 
What Writers Think About When Writing
What Writers Think About When Writing

Duration: 01:18

Well-known authors describe the things they consider when writing.

 

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