Michael Morpurgo - writing tips

Writers, Michael Morpurgo and Philip Pullman, along with poets Caroline Bird and Kate Clanchy, novelists Rebecca Abrams and Charles Cummins share the secrets of creative writing with almost 400 young people at Broughton Castle in Oxfordshire.

This clip is from the series How to Write.

Teacher Notes

Can be used to help students make sense of the tips highlighted in the clip.

The class writes down ten of the tips from the clip, as if they were writing instructions for a friend.

The class agrees on a countdown chart for the tips eg top tip at number one, but tip number ten is read first.

Students then have to use the top tip or top three tips to begin or guide some creative writing of their own.

At the end of their writing they discuss and assess how, or if the rules and tips were useful or helpful.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching English Literature at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.