Stressing that almost no story is any good until it has been re-written, Ross has launched the Re-Writing Competition for the school year 2019-20
Anyone who attends Ross’s talks is eligible to enter. All he or she must do is re-write the end result – EITHER the improvised story or the “killer opening” – so that it is better. Tie up loose ends, iron out unlikely coincidences, change characters, add dialogue…
THE IMPROVISED STORY
Ross’s hilarious interactive “improvised story” is a highlight of his school and library talks.
Using suggestions from the children, he and the audience create a madcap story that can go anywhere and have the strangest results!
Flying pigs, bearded chickens, Kim Jong-Un, Simon Cowell, an evil Geordie monkey and even the Queen herself have all featured in the stories that are built around the theme of “Lost and Found” as the children learn to let their imaginations soar in the craziest creative writing exercise ever.
HOW TO WRITE A KILLER OPENING
“When I opened my eyes I could tell I was in trouble…”
So begins the “killer opening” of Ross’s writing workshop. How will you continue it? Will there be a compelling character to come to your rescue? Is there a cunning twist?
In three paragraphs, students learn some of the fundamentals of effective writing, leaving with an exciting opening chapter that is perfect for further development.
THE WINNER OF LAST YEAR’S COMPETITION (2018-19) IS CHARLOTTE GRIGG OF PRINCESS FREDERICA SCHOOL, LONDON NW10
Ross commented: “Congratulations, Charlotte! I loved the imaginative adaptation of The Golden Felafel of Kensal Rise. You took the basic idea and really ran with it, ending up with a funny story with a proper hero with problems and solutions. Well done!”
Any changes, any length – anything goes!
Ross will read every entry and decide on a winner.
The winner will receive a complete set of SIGNED AND PERSONALISED copies of Ross’s books.
The winner’s school will receive TWENTY (maybe more!) brand new books for the school library.
Please send entries – typed or scanned – to firstname.lastname@example.org with Rewriting Competition in the subject line.
Hard copies (typed, printed, hand-written, carved) to: Ross Welford, c/o Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, 55 New Oxford St, London WC1A 1BS. These entries cannot be returned.
Closing date: May 15, 2020
Winner announced June 30, 2020