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Write Club

We have launched a brand new ‘Write Club’ for Lambeth kids! Providing FREE creative writing, illustration and book-creation workshops for children aged 8-11 during half terms and holidays. The programme gives children the chance to unleash their creativity, have fun exploring how to make children’s books, and meet some of the nation’s best loved children’s authors and illustrators.

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July 25th, 26th & 27th

Workshops launch this Summer at Station Hall, Herne Hill (Above Herne Hill Station)

With celebrated authors & poets, Jane Elson (How To Fly With Broken Wings),

Alice Hemming (The Frozen Unicorn), Paul Lyalls (A Funny Thing Happened), 

Erika Meza (To The Other Side), Lucy Reynolds and Jenna Herman (We Are Family)

Workshops take place from 9.30am - 3pm and a free lunch is included

DAY 1 - Tuesday 25th July


Jane Elson

In this session Jane will use her book MOON DOG to explore the themes of empathy,
friendship, working to our strengths, bullying, peer pressure, animal welfare, critical
thinking, social media influence and being kind in a fun and interactive creative writing
workshop.  Come ready to use your imagination and get writing!

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Paul Lyalls 

Paul Lyalls one time poet for the ROALD DAHL family, a London 2012 Olympic poet &
recently worked wi
th NASA!  Paul will show you  how to make the funniest and most
incredible poems, using fun skills, crazy games and more. Meet some new friends too.


DAY 2 - Wednesday 26th July

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Alice Hemming

Where do authors get their ideas? Sometimes from some very unlikely places . . . Alice will
show you some of the inspiration behind her work and then let you in on some of her author secrets for sparking st
ories. Once you have an idea, all you need is a character and a problem. Then, with a little bit of guidance and a few questions, the story will begin to write itself!

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Erika Meza

A small child and his older sister embark on a journey to try and find safety, wearing bright, colourful animal masks. Come listen to the story, learn the behind the scenes of the making of To The Other Side, and design your very own Mexican-inspired mask to take home with you with author-illustrator Erika Meza.


DAY 3 - Thursday 27th July

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Doodles & Scribbles

Create an illustrated nature poem with author/illustrator duo Lucy Reynolds & Jenna Herman, learning exciting poetic techniques and illustration tools and using prompts from the natural world around us. Then take your beautiful creation home with you

This programme is funded by The Walcot Foundation and open exclusively to Lambeth residents, aged 8-11, from low income families.

Register by completing our online form. You will be contacted by a member of our Stepping into Stories Team to confirm your place. 

Future Write Club dates are:

  • October Half Term: 25 & 26 October 2023

  • February Half Term: 14 & 15 February 2024 

  • Easter Holidays: 2nd, 3 & 4 April 2024

  • May Half Term: 29 & 30 May 2024


Stepping into Stories Festival is very grateful to our supporters

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