Easter Winners

I hope your enjoying your Easter break.  I’ve been enjoying reading all of the competition entries this month and have chosen our winners.  See the winning stories here.

We’ve just announced another competition and the deadline isn’t until the 1st July, so there’s plenty of time to get writing.

If you’re in need of some Easter activities, why not purchase our writing magazine if you haven’t already.

In need of Easter inspiration?

Just in time for Easter!!  Our April creative writing magazine is out now.  Join Mr Bones as you go on an excavation dig for dinosaur fossils, work out the mystery of the dragon’s guard and write your own adventures to tell his story.  Use our picture and sentence prompt to create a space adventure and rewrite a popular song with your own lyrics.  These are just a few exercises to stimulate the creative brain this Easter.

Buy your copy today.

Books, books, books!

World Book Day falls on the 4th of March and the motto for this year is to make sure that every child has access to books.  Libraries will be open soon, but there are plenty of books online to access, with some libraries donating their books for free downloads.  Oxford Owl, Monkey Pen, Free Children’s Stories are just a few websites where you can download free children’s stories for free.

Reading is vital for children’s development, not only does it improve brain connectivity, it also increases vocabulary, sentence structure as well as allowing children to experience other people’s lives and experiences through the art of story-telling.

Writing stories also stimulates the same creative part of the brain, so why not try rewriting a favourite book this World Book Day?

Check out the events on World Book Day here.

We have lots of stimulating exercises here.

Why Write?

Why write?  There are many benefits of creative writing, here are just a few.

We exercise our bodies, therefore the mind is just as important.  We need to exercise our brains and imaginations and writing is the perfect sport for this.  As you enter the realm of writing, you can go anywhere and explore many different worlds, letting lost wherever your mind takes you.  This is particularly important at the moment, book sales went up dramatically during the three lockdowns; people need escapism, which is what stories and storytelling provides.

Children sometimes struggle to express their feelings, so writing is the perfect place to explore those feelings and thoughts.  Mastering creative writing can also boost confidence and self-esteem, particularly when winning writing competitions.

Lastly, it’s fun, enjoyable and has hidden educational benefits, such as spelling and sentence structure.  Subscribe to our magazine today and get writing and exploring.

Our jam-packed magazine this month features creative writing tips, a time-travelling worksheet where you’ll discover a time machine, judging a writing competition and finding your winning entry, designing a theme park and creating the advertising poster.  

Top Tips for Creative Writing

Firstly, enjoy what you write, have a passion for it and the words will come to you.

Choose a subject that either you know about or one that you’re happy to research.

Plan. Make a rough outline of the story so that you know which direction the story is headed. And much like a car journey, if you get lost you can refer back to your map!

Don’t ramble. In books and stories, every word counts, every word, sentence and paragraph is in there for a reason, so make it count.

Take your time. Unless you have a deadline, writing doesn’t need to be rushed. Let the stories run through your head and allow the characters to come alive.

The most important tip is to write for yourself!

This is a top tip Rachelle Gardner, literary agent

Take your time.

There’s no rush to get published.

The more time you spend writing, reading, and learning to be a better writer, the better things will go for you.

Don’t try to hurry it along.

Creative Writing: learning for fun

At Hoo’s Writing Corner, we believe in writing, any kind of writing, whether you’re writing for fun, or education, or both.  We believe that learning doesn’t have to come from a class textbook and can be taught practically from a variety of different resources – that’s why we created Hoo’s Writing Corner.

Each month our magazine is packed full of interesting and stimulating exercises.  Become a spy for the day and solve a mystery, or create a book cover and design your dream book.  The magazine has exercises to cover many different interests and each one hopes to stimulate creative minds.  The learner can read and write, so engrossed in their writing task, that they’ll actually forget that they’re learning English.

The benefits of creative writing; include engaging the creative side of the brain to come up with different scenarios, problem-solving, spelling and sentence construction, imagination as well as expressing emotions. 

What are you waiting for – start your creative journey today.

Early Christmas Gift

Everyone loves books. Relaxing, immersing yourselves in stories of horror, romance or a good mystery. They can take you to far off lands that you’ve yet to venture to, or throw you into a mystery story that you have to unravel.

But you like writing – so you can also conjure up tales to entertain your readers. You could send your characters up to space to solve a mysterious sighting, or set your story in the wild west. Or how about combining them both, have a western set in space?

Whatever story you choose, why not create a synopsis and use our book cover design to add a title and a short blurb, just download our free gift below. If the story really sticks in your mind, you may want to continue it and see where it goes!

If you enjoy this exercise, there are plenty more like this in our writing magazine.

Christmas Chills

Have you heard the latest?  This winter is going to be the coldest one we’ve had for a year?  While it’s great to be outdoors and enjoying the nature, National Trust anyone? – it’s sometimes even nicer to snuggle up in front of the fire with a nice hot chocolate, or mulled wine, and now that all the Christmas movies have started streaming, there is so much TV to watch.  But we don’t want to be watching screens all the time, so what else can we do?

Well, here’s a list for you.

  • Break out the Board Games.
  • Bake and Decorate.
  • Have a Dance Party.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle.
  • Do a Science Experiment.
  • Go on a Hunt.
  • Building – create a fort.
  • Create a cardboard city.
  • Play a card game, snap, eights, poker!
  • Make a skit.  Get a bunch of props and make a 3 minute show.
  • Indoor hopscotch, just get some frog tape for the floors.
  • Hide and seek.
  • Write.  Write poems, short stories, use any of our picture prompts.

Ready for the Holidays??

Don’t you just love the holidays, plenty of time to spend with the family, time for eating well and getting in that quality time?

But what do you do if the kids start getting bored?  Here are some fun ideas.

  • Decorate the house with Christmas snowflakes
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Get a bauble kit and decorate the festive tree with your homemade baubles
  • Handmake Christmas cards for close family and friends
  • Donate food to a local food bank
  • Make clay handprints as keepsakes
  • Elf on the shelve
  • Watch a Christmas film with popcorn
  • Play family games
  • Go on a Christmas light trail
  • Write a story…

This one is my favourite.

Can you make a festive story?

Write five words that you’d associate with Christmas, then write them into a story.  Your story can be as long as you want it to be.

How about this story idea;

The snow has fallen for days and days and Santa is struggling to climb out of his house.  Can you work out of a way to help him out in time for Christmas eve?

If you need more story prompts or exercises, our magazine is the perfect solution.