Last Saturday our family were invited along to an event at Maggie & Rose with Emirates. This lovely little event was one of the best I’ve been to as it was brilliantly thought out for the childbre attending.
The event was to promote Emirates Flight Time Stories (click the link and enter yours for a chance to win a holiday for 4 to Dubai!) and was hosted by Illustrator Sarah McIntyre and Writer Phillip Reeve.
The kids were then treated to a little how to draw characters workshops which they really loved. At no point was the workshop dull- Sarah and Phillip managed to capture the imagination of each and every child and left them with a sense of wonder! Fizz has been creating her own stories for ages now and she was absolutely captivated!
Finally there was face painting and ballon animals being made to take home, a wonderful bag as a gift from Emirates which included a character teddy and blanket! This gave us much entertainment on the way home!
To help kids with their own stories, Philip and Sarah have shared some of their own tips to get those creative juices flowing:
Top tips for story writing from Philip Reeve
· Write about something that really interests you – a setting or an idea that you really love (or maybe really hate!) If you’re interested in it, hopefully the readers will be, too.
· Start with your main character wanting something – they need to go somewhere, or get something, or escape from something, or meet someone. Maybe they’re just lonely and need to make a friend, or maybe they want to find some buried treasure. How they get what they want will be your story.
· But they don’t get what they want straight away! There are problems to overcome along the way. Perhaps they meet other characters who help them, or try to stop them. It’s like a board game: there’s a start point and an end point, and what makes it interesting is the obstacles along the way.
· Don’t worry too much about the words. Just tell the story. Then, when you’ve finished, go back and see if you can tell it better. Does it make sense? Could it be shorter? Can you make it funnier (if it’s a funny story) or sadder (if it’s a sad one)?
· Enjoy yourself. Have fun. surprise yourself! Writing a story should be a bit like reading a story – you’ll want to find out what happens on the next page.
Top drawing tips form Sarah McIntyre
· Focus on making your main character look awesome, but think about keeping it fairly simple because if you make a whole book, you’ll be drawing that character over and over again.
· Think about setting: are you going to draw your character in a forest? At the beach? In space?
· Add extra details: your character might have a plaster on its head, a moustache, attract a swarm of flies, or be holding a magazine. Often it’s these little details that will make a picture funny or interesting.
· The colours you choose can set a mood for your picture: a blue background can suggest night-time, sadness, or cold. A yellow or orange background might look joyful, hot or full of energy.
· Don’t worry about making things perfect: We all need to make lots of bad drawings before we learn to make better ones. Try your hardest, but then be kind to your artwork.
We had a fabulous day and we even got to see a snow dog on the way home!