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In November and December 2020, Children’s Laureate Wales, Eloise Williams, will release a series of free online writing workshops for ages 7-14 to continue to engage and inspire the children and young people of Wales during these ongoing challenging times.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to put physical events and workshops on hold, schools will be able to run these online workshops in their classrooms.

These four sets of workshops will each consist of six short videos for teachers to play in front of their class, with various exercises and tasks for the pupils to complete between each video. Workshops can be completed in as little as an hour or spread over a week to suit each classroom’s needs.

Workshop videos and accompanying resources for pupils will be made available through this website shortly. The workshops will remain online for schools to run at a time convenient for them.

 

Win a school visit, book bundle, and Children’s Laureate Wales notebooks

Schools are encouraged to share pictures and videos of their workshops taking place, and of pupils reading the work they created during the workshops.

The most creative entry will receive a free school visit by Eloise (when COVID-19 restrictions allow), a signed bundle of Eloise’s books for the school library, and a Children’s Laureate Wales notebook each for a whole class- a lovely Christmas present! Content shared between 11 November – 11 December will be eligible to win the prizes.

You can send us your photos and videos through the following channels:

Twitter: @Laureate_Wales / #WinterWritingWorkshops

E-mail: childrenslaureate@literaturewales.org (please state in the e-mail whether or not you give permission for the pictures and/or videos to be shared on the Children’s Laureate Wales Twitter account and website)

 

Here’s a list of the workshops, including release dates and age guidance:

Release date Theme Age guidance
Wednesday 11 November Winter / Island

Inspired by the book ‘Elen’s Island’

Ages 7-9

(School years 3 and 4)

Wednesday 18 November Ghost / Spooky

Inspired by the book ‘Seaglass’

Ages 10-14

(School years 6-9)

Wednesday 25 November Witch / Legends

Inspired by the book ‘Wilde’

Ages 9-11

(School years 5 and 6)

Wednesday 2 December Victorian / Christmas / Local history

Inspired by the book ‘Gaslight’

Ages 9-13

(School years 5-8)

 

Eloise’s books are available to buy from local bookshops, online through www.fireflypress.co.uk/shop or www.gwales.com, and to borrow from libraries.