How to write a fairy story

Fairy stories start with the words 'Once upon a time' but what comes next?

How to write an adventure story

An adventure story is about something out of the ordinary, usually with a challenge or quest. Discover more about what makes an adventure story.

How to write a scary story

Find out how scary stories frighten the reader through suspense and shocks.

How to write a science fiction story

Science fiction stories are usually set in the future and in a world different from ours.

What is a myth?

Myths were created by early civilisations to make sense of the world around them.

Is the Banshee a myth or a legend?

Find out how the stories of the Banshee vary between different locations.

The legend of Robin Hood

Robin Hood is a legend, as some of the characters in the story are based on people who did once exist. But parts of the story have been expanded.

The Fountain of Youth

Myths are magical tales with hidden meaning, like the Fountain of Youth.

What are fiction and non-fiction?

Find out about different types of fiction and non-fiction texts.

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