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Presented by author Andrew Buller
www.andrewbuller.com @ABullerAuthor
• The aims of the project
• The aims of today
• The aims for the future
• Brainstorming ideas
• Exploring favourite theme
• Emotions
• Plotting - Beginning, middle, end
• Story boarding
• Target...
• The Blank Page
• Anything goes
• Everyone & every idea valued
• Themes emerge
• Why animals?
The Urban Fox – but why?
• “We can identify with it”
• Link with previous artwork
• Freedom of animal voice
Q: Why can our community relate to the urban fox so well?
Help
Vulnerable
Alone
Need
Justice
Equality
Respect
Misunderstood
Mistreated
Roaming
Scavenging
Victimised
Abused
• Produced the first fox print for
Catching Lives map
• “The Fox’s new talents – my
new talents”
• “Writing helps me make ...
• Beginning, middle, end
• Conflicts &
complications
• Storyboard
• Fox hunt
• Parents of fox killed
• Fox rescued by dog
• Journey to Canterbury
• Arrive at Greyfriars shed
• Animals try ...
• Children’s stories - series
• What age group?
• Picture book/older reader/both?
• Determines language use,
amount descri...
Fox - Central
Weasel - evil
Squirrel - nutty
Badger - dependableRat - greedy
Dog - fierce Dog - rescuer
Seagull - crazy
The writing always stops for food…
Just like us???!!
Where could we get our
inspiration from?
• Historical research
• Overseer of animals
• Links with Canterbury
• 2 main contenders –
John Peckham & Dick Sheppard
Joh...
• Cruella de Vil type character
• Brainstorming
characteristics & potential
plot lines/back story
Character ideas:
Angular...
Hunchback “Bishop O’Keefe with the mouldy teeth”
• Story locations linked to walk
• Important places to homeless community
• Emotions
In search of the animal’s shed –
representing Catching Lives
Keith “The Knowledge” – story could be set in:
• Middle Ages - 1066-1485 – Leper Hospital
• Oliver Cromwell – 1600s – riot...
• Encourage many to be involved in illustrations
• Brett – cover designer for Walk in Our Shoes document
• John & Richard
• Writing – poetry - lyrics
• Musical talent & purpose
• Piece appropriate for fox hunt
• New ideas buzzing
• Draw in others
Soundcloud – Nickers
http...
Harbledown Hope
• Complete the story & illustrate
• More books – Harbledown’s series
• Anthology
• The aims of the project
• The aims of today
• The aims for the future
Creative Writing Workshop with Catching Lives
Creative Writing Workshop with Catching Lives
Creative Writing Workshop with Catching Lives
Creative Writing Workshop with Catching Lives
Creative Writing Workshop with Catching Lives
Creative Writing Workshop with Catching Lives
Creative Writing Workshop with Catching Lives
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Creative Writing Workshop with Catching Lives

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Author Andrew Buller leads you through the creative writing process, linking specifically with the work he has done with the homeless community within Canterbury, through the charity Catching Lives.

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Creative Writing Workshop with Catching Lives

  1. 1. Presented by author Andrew Buller www.andrewbuller.com @ABullerAuthor
  2. 2. • The aims of the project • The aims of today • The aims for the future
  3. 3. • Brainstorming ideas • Exploring favourite theme • Emotions • Plotting - Beginning, middle, end • Story boarding • Target audience • Characters • Settings • Music • Illustrations • First draft
  4. 4. • The Blank Page • Anything goes • Everyone & every idea valued • Themes emerge • Why animals?
  5. 5. The Urban Fox – but why? • “We can identify with it” • Link with previous artwork • Freedom of animal voice
  6. 6. Q: Why can our community relate to the urban fox so well?
  7. 7. Help Vulnerable Alone Need Justice Equality Respect Misunderstood Mistreated Roaming Scavenging Victimised Abused
  8. 8. • Produced the first fox print for Catching Lives map • “The Fox’s new talents – my new talents” • “Writing helps me make sense of things”
  9. 9. • Beginning, middle, end • Conflicts & complications • Storyboard
  10. 10. • Fox hunt • Parents of fox killed • Fox rescued by dog • Journey to Canterbury • Arrive at Greyfriars shed • Animals try to feed fox • Fox close to death • Mother dog feeds fox • Hope of future for fox • Father figure revealed
  11. 11. • Children’s stories - series • What age group? • Picture book/older reader/both? • Determines language use, amount description, how deal with death scenes • Happy ending?
  12. 12. Fox - Central Weasel - evil Squirrel - nutty Badger - dependableRat - greedy Dog - fierce Dog - rescuer Seagull - crazy
  13. 13. The writing always stops for food…
  14. 14. Just like us???!! Where could we get our inspiration from?
  15. 15. • Historical research • Overseer of animals • Links with Canterbury • 2 main contenders – John Peckham & Dick Sheppard John Peckham (1230-1292) • Archbishop of Canterbury • Franciscan friar Dick Sheppard (1880-1937) • Dean of Canterbury • Work with homeless in London • Peace Pledge Union
  16. 16. • Cruella de Vil type character • Brainstorming characteristics & potential plot lines/back story Character ideas: Angular, rigid, sharp, stick-like, piercing voice, cunning, softly sinister, sly grin, whistle through gap in teeth (filled with gold), aggressive, happy whenever killing, love of fur, bling, corset bursting figure, long black boots
  17. 17. Hunchback “Bishop O’Keefe with the mouldy teeth”
  18. 18. • Story locations linked to walk • Important places to homeless community • Emotions
  19. 19. In search of the animal’s shed – representing Catching Lives
  20. 20. Keith “The Knowledge” – story could be set in: • Middle Ages - 1066-1485 – Leper Hospital • Oliver Cromwell – 1600s – riots in Canterbury • Victorian – 1800s • Modern day
  21. 21. • Encourage many to be involved in illustrations • Brett – cover designer for Walk in Our Shoes document
  22. 22. • John & Richard • Writing – poetry - lyrics
  23. 23. • Musical talent & purpose • Piece appropriate for fox hunt • New ideas buzzing • Draw in others Soundcloud – Nickers https://soundcloud.com/nickers-1
  24. 24. Harbledown Hope
  25. 25. • Complete the story & illustrate • More books – Harbledown’s series • Anthology
  26. 26. • The aims of the project • The aims of today • The aims for the future

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