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1918 Creative Writing Project

Thursday 06 December 2018

As part of a series of events and activities that Sheffield Hallam University have planned, the Widening Participation and Outreach Team (WPO) have worked in partnership with three Primary Schools from across the South Yorkshire region to deliver an exciting creative writing project.

The WPO team worked with almost 60 primary school pupils in years five and six from High Woods Academy in Doncaster, Tinsley Meadows in Sheffield and Wellgate in Barnsley to deliver the '1918 Project' which aimed to encourage the children to write a 500 word story looking at the role children played during that time and what life was like for them.

As part of the project, the children had an interactive lesson in their school about creative writing, before coming into Sheffield Hallam University for an exciting visit; to tour the campus, take part in an pre-16 roadshow, and hear from one of our creative writing academics in an inspiring lecture about how and why he became a writer and a poet.

Speaking about the 1918 Project, Widening Participation and Outreach Co-ordinator, Michelle Eccles said: "What we wanted these pupils to do was put themselves in the position of children their age fro, 100 years ago, and write a 500 word story about what they'd experience - What would they be doing, where would they go, what would the war mean to them?"

"We also wanted to be able to give them the insight into both the historical past of maybe theur families and local area, but also the opportunity to develop their English Language and Literature skills on the journey to producing the story."

"Our creative writing academic, Chris Jones, gave a really insightful and inspiring lecture about his own journey, and his hints and tips to becoming a great creative writer. This certainly sparked off some really wonderful thoughts for the pupils which they were then able to draft into their stories."

"All the stories as well as other WW1-themed activities were on display in the Winter Gardens in Sheffield City Centre as part if our free, fun-filled half term activities on the 31st of October and 1st November 2018."

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