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Stories written by children, for children.

Once upon a time

when....

Do you have a crazy imagination?

Do you love creating stories?

Would you like to be a part of an amazing book written by children, for children?

we're looking for SCHOOLS IN THE UK AND OVERSEAS TO SUPPORT OUR INITIATIVE AND ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN to write the beginnings, middles and endings of stories. Each participating school will be given one of the 3 sections to work on and once completed, these will be sent to another school where other children will continue, and so on. Eventually we will have an amazing selection of heartfelt, crazy and inspiring stories, in the words of children!

Let children delve deep into their imaginations, get lost in characters, plots, twists and turns and tell the best story ever!!

let's see what happens when we create stories, together!

A PERCENTAGE OF PROFITS FROM OUR BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH CHARITIES.

Ready for School

The Beginning

Writing

We would like you to create and write the title and beginning of a story.

Imagination

It can be based on anything, so let your imagination go wild!

Introductions

Make sure you introduce us to the main character / characters and describe the story's setting.

Inspiration

Have a look at the beginnings to a selection of well known stories, below. Which one draws you in?

The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Once upon a time there were three children, Joe, Beth and Frannie. They lived with their mother and father in a little cottage deep in the country. They had to help their parents both in the house and in the garden, as there was lots to do.

Now, one day their mother had a letter. She didn't very often have letters, so the children wondered what it was about.

                             

Matilda by Roald Dahl

It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.

Some parents go further. They become so blinded by adoration they manage to convince themselves their child has qualitites of genius.

                                                        

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

Butterflies live only short lives. They flower and flutter for just a few glorious weeks, and then they die. To see them, you have to be in the right place at the right time. And that's how it was when I saw the butterfly lion - I happened to be in just the right place, at just the right time.                                                    

           

Paddington by Michael Bond

Mr and Mrs Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform. In fact, that was how he came to have such an unusual name for a bear, because Paddington was the name of the station.  

                                               

Image by GR Stocks

The

Middle

Image by Mike Tinnion

This is your chance to take the story in any direction!

OK, so you've chosen your favourite beginning and now feel inspired to write the middle. Hopefully the characters that you've read about make you smile, or intrigue you, so let's see where they can go and what adventures they get up to!

And don't forget, it's your special imagination that will make this come to life, so don't hold back!

Think about how you would like the reader to feel, during the story.

Try to use lots of adjectives and adverbs to make the characters, settings and actions come to life.

What is the main character/s trying to achieve. Don't forget about this as it will shape the ending when it's written.

Introduce new characters. Who are they? Where have they come from? What do they add to the story?

You could reveal a secret or hidden piece of information. Maybe something from the past that makes the present relevant.

It's OK for the main character to fail in their task as you can show how they overcome this.

All of the characters don't have to be good.

Give your characters choices.

Let the reader know when things are happening, such as straight away, tomorrow or next year.

Image by Daniel Cheung

The Ending

Image by Jon Tyson

Let's create the best ending EVER!

OK, so you've chosen a story that really grabs you, makes you smile and inspires your imagination, now it's your chance to write the ending! Dig deep, give it your best shot and look forward to the sense of achievement when it's finished!

This is your chance to shine!

The reader has already met the characters and become attached to the plot, but where will the ending take them?

Remember, you don't have to follow the obvious choice, why not think of something different?

Make sure that you tie up any loose ends, or questions that the story has created, so far.

The reader needs to feel happy that the ending answers all questions.

Could there be a twist and turn at the end? Maybe everything isn't as the reader thought.

You could really create a 'WOW' moment here that will make everyone remember the story!

Most importantly, have fun! Writing the end of the story really gives you the chance to express yourself and be creative.

Enjoy and good luck!

In submitting all stories, drawings and above listed information, you are agreeing to have them published in our book. stories may be lightly edited to ensure that they read smoothly.

Due to a large number of submissions, only selected stories will be published, however all authors will be acknowledged on our website. All authors published will receive a free copy of the book.

 

All children will retain ownership rights over their contribution to the stories. 

please can you includE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR STORY SECTIONS:

Name

Age

Location

School name

Contact details

One amazing fact about yourself!

If you have any drawings that relate to your story, then please feel free to send them in as well.

Submit story sections - see above for details required.
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