A couple of weeks ago I took part in a picture book writing workshop.
It was hosted by the fabulous 100 Story Building crew.
100 Story Building is a not-for-profit organisation that provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities to foster their creativity whilst developing their literacy skills at the same time. Awesome!
Our “teacher” was Sally Rippin.
Sally is an award-winning writer and illustrator.
The Wifey and I have bought her books for our niece. Did I think to bring any of these books to get signed?….No.
During the workshop we were given numerous writing exercises.
One of the exercises required us to think back on our childhood.
We had to look at scenarios as if experiencing them for the first time.
We could either think of a….
- favourite place
- significant person
- an event that felt like a big deal
Then we had 2 minutes to write.
I chose “an event” and this is what I came up with….
The noise is deafening. I can’t see who’s winning, I’m too short. I’m surrounded by legs. Lots of legs. Coloured scarves and flags wave past me. I jump but still can’t see so I give up and sit on the hard gravel. A stone pokes my bum. I’m glad I brought my colouring books. The siren sounds. It’s so loud that I block my ears. The game is over. I look up at my Mum. We didn’t win….again!
100 Story Building is an amazing set-up complete with manhole and a secret reading nook hidden behind a bookshelf. Unbelievably, I didn’t think to take photos. So here’s a giant lunchbox instead….