Elm Green Preparatory School

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Budding Authors Club

Budding Authors is an invitation-only club run by Mr. McMahon which meets after school each Thursday in the school's library (replacing Creative Writing Club as of Spring 2015). Many members are talented writers but the most important quality is a love for writing stories and poetry. Pupils are encouraged to enter competitions (both internal and external to the school) and to work on their own projects during free sessions. Most club nights, however, involve the completion of specific writing tasks designed to boost the children's understanding of what constitutes an effective piece of creative writing: atmosphere, tension, focused vocabulary, advanced description, thoughts/feelings of characters, effective dialogue, etc. etc.

Once a term there is a short story competition which all members are encouraged to enter. Sometimes these competitions have a theme and/or word limit. Oliver Maltby won our most recent contest. His short story "The Jurassic Coast" is available to download here.

If a child wishes to join Budding Authors, they should ask Mr. McMahon for an application form.

Previous Contest Winners:

Beatrice Smith "The Suitcase"