Writing practice - write a letter, an article and a short story
Write an invitation
It’s party and festival season. You have decided to celebrate with your friends and neighbours by holding a party at the local community centre. Write a letter inviting them to join you.
You could include information about:
· The time and place of the party.
· The reason you are celebrating (e.g. Eid, Christmas, Birthday etc.).
· What food and drinks people are bringing.
· What activities there will be for children.
· How they can help with preparations for the party.
Remember: plan your writing, use correct punctuation, use paragraphs and include an introduction and conclusion to your letter.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Write an article
Describe an important event in your life.
This could be:
· An important birthday.
· A wedding day or anniversary.
· A graduation, getting a job or promotion.
· Passing your driving test.
· A celebration.
You could include:
· The day, time and place.
· People who were there.
· Why this event was important.
Remember to plan your writing, use paragraphs and check for correct spelling and grammar.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Creative writing examples
My secret place
Take a look at the lovely children's story below which one of my students wrote at Christmas. It is only short but there are lots of very good language features. Read it and try and write one yourself!
The Silver Sea-Swan and the Magic Pearl
When Ernest was a boy, his favourite story was ‘The Silver Sea-Swan and the Magic Pearl.’ It was a magical tale about a mythical creature. In real life, there is no such thing as a silver sea-swan! Swans are white, or rarely, black. And they live in fresh water – in lakes and rivers, not in seas or oceans. In the story, the sea-swan was a lonely creature who lived in the North Sea. It had a treasure, a beautiful pearl, that had magic powers. It had the power to ‘magnify’.
It was just a story. Except – fast forward ten years and Ernest was working as a ferryman. His job was lookout. One jet black night, as he was scanning the horizon, he saw a strange bird in the distance. It must be a goose, he thought. Then he noticed a long, arched neck. It looked so graceful! And it was strange how the starlight was reflecting off the bird. It looked silver! His spine tingled; he felt really spooked! Surely, it couldn’t be? After a few minutes, the bird called to him, the most wonderful siren-sound. Then Ernest knew it was the sea-swan. He lowered a lifeboat and rowed towards it. The swan swam towards him. As it reached his boat, it opened its beak and he saw a huge, gleaming pearl. It sparkled, almost diamond-like. He knew that the swan was gifting him the pearl, as the story promised. He took it and he thanked the swan. It swam serenely away.
When Ernest returned to land, he sold the magnificent pearl to the highest bidder. He made a fortune! Ernest was good and kind and he wanted to help; to make a difference. With his money, he made many donations to charity and so many people’s lives improved. He felt happy and fulfilled. The man who bought the pearl, Selwyn, loved it very much. He put it in a safe and took it out to look at it every day. Selwyn’s wife loved it, too. She asked him for it. She wanted it to be made into a ring, so she could wear it and it would always be with her. Selwyn refused! He was a selfish man who did not want to share the pearl with anyone. In the end, his wife felt that he loved the pearl more than her. She left him, taking their two daughters with her. Selwyn was left alone. He had the pearl to look at, but no love or warmth in his life. This is the power of the Magic Pearl: whatever is inside you, it will shine a light on and magnify.
Create a mind map - draw a bubble in the middle and add six bubbles around it.
1. Write your own subject in the middle bubble.
2. Label each outer bubble with a different aspect of your subject. List your ideas under each heading - just one or two words for each idea.
3. Number the bubbles in the order you want to write your ideas.
4. With the planning done, expand your ideas into sentences. Each bubble will probably form a separate paragraph of four or five sentences, depending on how many ideas you have. Enjoy your writing!