500 Words 2018 - Live Lesson

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Calling all story writers!

Now in its 8th year, Chris Evans' 500 Words is one of the most successful story writing competitions for kids in the world and is open to every 5-13 year old in the UK. Its mission is to get children excited about reading and writing, regardless of their ability.

Content and resources for this literacy Live Lesson are tailored for both 5-7 year olds and for ages 7 and up. Joining our hosts Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood, are acclaimed authors and 500 Words Judges Charlie Higson and Frank Cottrell Boyce. The lesson is brimming with top tips, and provides pupils of all abilities with an essential story-telling toolkit to get them started on their stories.

We also have a follow-up programme called Live Lessons EXTRA that can be viewed here. This builds on the outcomes of the live programme, featuring an activity that looks at opening lines for stories, and puts more of your questions to our experts.

Please note that this page is for the 500 Words 2018 - Live Lesson only. The 500 Words story-writing competition opens on 15th January and competition entries close at 7pm on 22nd February 2018 . Full details on the 500 Words 2018 website here.

Please note that all entries for 500 Words 2018 must go through the 500 Words website.

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