Children from Brechin High School enjoyed a day of creative writing on Wednesday, March 30, with the help of three amazing authors.
Anita Govan, Cathy Forde and Matthew Fitt joined selected S1/S2 and Advanced Higher pupils for the event which was organised by the Language and Communication Faculty at the school and took the format of a conference with workshops and a plenary.
The aim of the day was to inspire pupils to experiment with language, gain confidence in their own creativity and, most importantly, to have fun.
Anita, a freelancing performance poet, took a flexible approach to the workshops with an emphasis on inclusion and fun. She sees poetry as an exciting and powerful tool for people of all ages and backgrounds to find their voice and articulate their experience of the world.
Matthew whose forte is Scots language and dialects used his session to encourage the pupils to explore the languages around about us.
He said: “We discuss challenging and complicated ideas like language, accent and dialect but always in a fun dynamic way. My hope is that all children in Scotland will learn about Scotland’s languages and be confident and literate in the rich expressive Scots language.”
Cathy Forde, author of a number of contemporary dialogue driven novels, all with teenagers as central characters most set in Glasgow, was particularly keen to foster creative writing in young people.
She said: “I run many creative writing workshops, including drama, and motivational sessions. My focus is on encouraging my audience to find inspiration in the familiar and the ordinary.”
Funded by the Scottish Book Trust LiveLiterature initiative, “Brechin’s A Write” provides a unique opportunity for pupils to meet authors, gain insight into their crafts and apply skills learned on the day in a practical sense, by writing, and hopefully publishing in some form, their own short stories and poems.