Local children were given the opportunity to become published authors recently thanks to a series of creative writing courses organised by Trafford College’s Employability and Community Learning team.
The project, which ran over four weeks in partnership with Trafford primary schools, offered parents the opportunity to work with their children to produce a short story for inclusion in the publication of a book called ‘Trafford Tales’.
The fun sessions taught parents and their children how to get started with their concepts,
develop characters and devise a plot using a range of creative tools, that also support children with writing for pleasure at home.
Community Development Worker, Sandra Barber, and Trafford College Principal, Lesley Davies OBE, joined parents and their children at a presentation assembly at Seymour Park Community Primary School recently, where 22 parents and 28 children took part in the sessions. Children were presented with their certificates for taking part in the course and also received their very own copy of the published Trafford Tales book.
Joining her son Ethan to collect his certificate and celebrate his published story was Laura Gilchrist from Old Trafford. She commented, “We really enjoyed taking part in the creative writing course. Ethan came up with the idea for the story and wrote the book himself. It’s such a big achievement and so motivational to see your work published at such a young age. It was also really lovely to be able to work together and for Ethan to be able to come out of his scheduled class for the sessions, which he found very exciting.”
The community team along with Principal Lesley Davies, are now looking forward to the next presentation assembly at another participating school, Oldfield Brow Primary School, where a large number of children and parents also took part in the initiative.
Trafford Tales is now available to order at http://amzn.to/2jgRUCO