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Photo of SMMA students at the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature award ceremony
SMMA students at the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature award ceremony

Inspiring students to get writing!

5 July 2018

‘When do YOU feel most free?’ That’s the question we asked our students on National Writing Day last week. The day is an annual celebration that aims to inspire people across the UK to get writing and tell their own stories.

For the day, 30 of our young writers were treated to a creative writing workshop with SMMA English teacher and resident author Kate Ashley – and they were certainly inspired.

Year 7’s Katie Castle says: ‘I enjoyed the workshop very much. It was great to create my own story in such a fun and informative environment! I definitely feel inspired to start writing more in my own time.’

Student Alice Lester adds: ‘It was really fun and useful. I liked how interactive it was and that we got to share our ideas with each other.’

For National Writing Day, other students wrote beautiful poems all about feeling free – you can read one below. And over the course of this month, our students have enjoyed many other inspiring literary–themed events too.

These include Year 7’s trip to the Dickens Museum, Year 8’s meeting with author Anthony McGowan, our Year 7 Deloitte Book enjoying an end–of–year treat, and students attending the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature award ceremony. You can see lots of pictures below.

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