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October 2011 Blog Posts (94)

Voting time

Hope everyone that was off last week had a good holiday. The stories and poems are being proof read at the moment so I should be able to get the books under way soon. It is now a very important time for Write Path though - time to vote for your favourite writers and poets! Please do make sure that at the very least you vote but you can of course also get as many of your students to vote as possible (please remind them that any votes for their own school will be discounted!).…

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Added by WP Central on October 31, 2011 at 13:55 — No Comments

Being a writer for Write Path myself

This year, 2011, Bev organised that the last day of WritePath would be adults day, when we had the chance to write our own continuations to stories.  I really wanted to see what the experience was like for the students, and so I volunteered.  The only catch was, we had to write all six story continuations in an hour, which was a big ask!  In the end, I only managed 5 out of 6 - in between student interruptions - but I was pleased with that and relieved to see that I wasn't the only one. … Continue

Added by Caroline Roche on October 21, 2011 at 11:22 — 1 Comment

21/10/2011 Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

I don't care what they say, it's not my fault.

I know I was there and I know how it looks to the outside world, but I'll say it again, it's not my fault.

So, it isn't fair that I'm sitting here in this dark room, with these people (at…

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Added by WP Central on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 — 9 Comments

21/10/2011 Cathy Cassidy

Kazia Moon is the coolest girl in Year Nine. She has honey-blonde hair and creamy skin and a way of tweaking her school uniform so it looks like something off the Paris catwalk. The teachers think she’s smart and sweet; the boys think she’s hot; the girls... well, most of them just wish they could be like her.

Kazia Moon is…

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Added by WP Central on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 — 11 Comments

21/10/2011 John O'Brien 2

Little Felipe’s pass from midfield was weighted perfectly.  The old leather football bumped across the ground kicking up dust and arrived, miraculously, right at Juan’s feet.  Juan nudged the ball with his right foot and pushed off with his left, darting sideways.  The manoeuvre took Carlos – who was two years older than Juan and by popular opinion by far the best footballer in the school – completely by…

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Added by WP Central on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 — 9 Comments

21/10/2011 Tommy Donbavand

The river was in the way – it was the only escape route I had to get away from the vampires. So the question was – did I jump in or not?

Added by WP Central on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 — 9 Comments

21/10/2011 John O'Brien

Cogs, wheels, brass rods and levers.  They rose from the umpteenth line drawing that he had drawn that morning and appeared, fully formed in his mind’s eye: moving, connected, intelligent... and beautiful.  An engine.  An engine of stunning complexity.  No ordinary engine. This engine did not pump water from the mine or drive the locomotive along the tracks or power the Jenny’s and Frames in the satanic mills.  This… Continue

Added by WP Central on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 — 9 Comments

21/10/2011 Cliff McNish

Chestnut, with white-enamelled hooves, and fully eight feet tall: a centaur was galloping through the forest. His name was Valis, and in this part of the world of Aramanth he was a scholar and a leader. Alone and afraid, his powerful equine flanks shone, his close-curled auburn chest hair sticky with the journey’s sweat. Was he really going to do this? The instructions for his task had come from the highest…

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Added by WP Central on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 — 9 Comments

Nearly there

Feeling a little sad tonight - only Grown Ups day tomorrow then Write Path over for another year ;0( . Mind you what a fantastic event it has been this year - yes ok have had some stressful moments (always do!) but it has been so rewarding they fade in my memory. Sometimes I think Write Path is a little like giving birth......you forget the pain afterwards and only remember the joy LOL! Standard of writing from the students has been top notch, and you can feel their enjoyment in every word.…

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Added by WP Central on October 20, 2011 at 19:27 — No Comments

Story session

Wow, that was fun and a bit of a last minute panic, and  I  think Bev thought things were going astray when nothing had been posted until the last 10 minutes!

However this was because the kids were so busy editing , refining,  and suggesting further plot ramifications that they didn't want to stop!

As a class they all agreed it was an amazing opportunity, and they particularly liked the idea that their stories had begun in Australia and travelled across England before being…

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Added by Rosie Pike on October 20, 2011 at 14:16 — No Comments

What a great activity!

The students had a great time firstly reading all the initial paragraphs then deciding which story they would continue. We encouraged each team to write a draft then edit but naturally they all wanted to dive straight in. There was much busy activity and creative writing and hopefully the stories will now continue to grow. Interestingly, the students wanted to dictate the next part of the story, they didn't quite get that they now have no more control over what was written next. A process of… Continue

Added by Sarah Cook on October 20, 2011 at 1:56 — No Comments

20/10/2011 Sorrel Anderson http://www.sorrelanderson.com/

On my first birthday a speeding car crashed through the wall of our house and crashed back out again, narrowly missing the cot where I lay sleeping. Or so I am told.

 On my third birthday a bolt of lightning struck the roof of our house and the telly exploded, narrowly missing the rug where I sat playing. I have no…

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Added by WP Central on October 19, 2011 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

20/10/2011 Julia Jarman http://www.juliajarman.com/

I found it in the cupboard under the stairs, in the dark, at the back. I’d volunteered to tidy the cupboard – anything to put off doing my homework – and there it was in the dust. Torn and crumpled. If I hadn’t shone the torch at that exact spot I wouldn’t have noticed it, Wouldn’t have known what I know now.

But would I have…

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Added by WP Central on October 19, 2011 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

20/10/2011 Andy Newbound http://www.doublecluck.com/authors/andrew-newbound

It’s not something anyone would expect to lose; ever! So how could Jacob have been prepared for the day when his vanished?

And is vanished the most appropriate word? Had Jacob been his careless self, and simply misplaced it? Or had someone, or perhaps worse still, some thing waited until he’d slept and then STOLEN…

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Added by WP Central on October 19, 2011 at 22:30 — 4 Comments

20/10/2011 Penny Dolan http://www.pennydolan.com/

I needed some kind of holiday job, so I decided to try the old shop, just in case. Maybe the owner would be old too, and wouldn’t notice I was a bit too young to be asking.

 The shop-front didn’t look promising. Trays of broken junk lay at the entrance, and bundles of tattered magazines, all tied with string, held the door…

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Added by WP Central on October 19, 2011 at 22:30 — 6 Comments

20/10/2011 Mark Robson http://www.markrobsonauthor.com/

“Come on you slugs!  Faster!  The Pharaoh is due to visit any day now.  Keep it moving!”

   We gave an extra heave as the crack of the overseer’s whip sounded loud in our ears.  I was exhausted; my lips cracked and bleeding, and my skin burning under the relentless sun.  My tongue felt swollen in my mouth.  Every muscle in my body ached, but that was not the worst of it.  No.  The killer was the dust: the…

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Added by WP Central on October 19, 2011 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

20/10/2011 Alan Gibbons http://www.alangibbons.com/

A hard day's night



Everybody was excited about the trip to Spain. We hadn't seen my older sister Beth for a month. She was working on the Costa Del Sol for the summer before starting university. The mystery started the moment we arrived at Malaga Airport. Beth wasn't there to meet us. Worse still, when we got to…
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Added by WP Central on October 19, 2011 at 22:30 — 4 Comments

Wahoooooo!

Was a little tight at the end but we managed to get them all uploaded nearly in time!

 

Was as always a wonderful experience which I'm hopefully going to write up completely this afternoon with how we run it in our school. I'm also going to upload some pics too!

 

Thanks again Bev for organising!

Added by Adam Lancaster on October 19, 2011 at 13:16 — 2 Comments

19/10/2011 Joe Craig http://www.joecraig.co.uk/

“How do I get here?”

The voice startled me. I’ve had trouble hearing for the last few years, so maybe the boy had already asked me once and I hadn’t noticed. I looked round to make sure he was talking to me. Of course he was. Everybody else had hurried out of the station while I had to take stairs more…

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Added by WP Central on October 19, 2011 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

19/10/2011 Di Toft

Everyone agreed that whatever had crashed into Atlantic had been huge.

‘So, it wasn’t a car then?’ asked Ravi, stuffing a Jaffa cake into his mouth.

‘Nope,’ said Blake excitedly, ‘Look!’…

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Added by WP Central on October 19, 2011 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

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