Anyway, if you are a teacher or school librarian or if perhaps you run a teenage reading group, this might interest you. If you would like to use any of the following creative writing ideas in your school, I would love to help by a) offering a signed book (or perhaps more), which you could either offer as a prize or else just have in the school library b) providing some posters and cards for your participating pupils c) be available to answer questions and engage with your pupils in any way I can. I'd also love to come and do an event, but I'm afraid I have to charge for that - though if we combine with other schools this can work out very reasonably.
So, here are some creative writing ideas, but you could also have your own - just let me know what you want to do.
- There are a couple of points in Wasted where I write two alternative scenes, toss a coin and one scene vanishes. WHAT IF I'd tossed the coin differently - how would the story have turned out?
- A "favourite scene" competition - say why you like a particular scene.
- Write the conversation you'd like to have with Kelly (the bad girl!)
- Write about a time when a chance event changed your life - perhaps an accident that almost happened, or actually did happen, thanks to a chance event.
- Write a story where the events depend on a tiny chance event.
- Do you think we can make our own luck or are we quite powerless? Discuss.
- Is it possible to predict the future?
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ALSO - does anyone have any other good ideas for school-appropriate activities based on Wasted? Add in the comments below!