Problems In Wonderland: Stories That Matter

1.5 hr Workshop – For Writers in Years 1 to 4 (5-9yrs)

Anyone can write a story. But how do you write a story that readers will want to read? While most students are probably familiar with the who/what/where/when/why of narrative structure, a series of arbitrary events doesn’t make for good storytelling. Students may also be familiar with the idea of integrating problems, or conflict, into narrative structure. How, though, do you get readers engaged with that conflict? The best stories are written with ‘tension’. The best stories involve ‘high stakes’, and events that really mean something to the characters involved. In Zena’s workshop, children get to understand and explore these concepts by writing a story of their own. Using action plans and worksheets, children get to think not just of story structure, but the essence of story itself.

Who knows what a character is…?

Who knows what a character is…?

Zena teaching her "Problems in Wonderland" workshop.

Zena teaching her “Problems in Wonderland” workshop.

Kids enjoying Zena’s “Problems in Wonderland” workshop.

Kids enjoying Zena’s “Problems in Wonderland” workshop.

Kids enjoying Zena’s “Problems in Wonderland” workshop.

Kids enjoying Zena’s “Problems in Wonderland” workshop.

Thank YOU kids – it was a pleasure teaching you how to write stories!!

Thank YOU kids – it was a pleasure teaching you how to write stories!!

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