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Writing Adventure for Children: Workshop Ideas by Jeni Mawter

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Helpful tips and workshop exercises for classroom use on how to write and adventure story with children's and young adult author, Jeni Mawter.

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Writing Adventure for Children: Workshop Ideas by Jeni Mawter

  1. 1. Presented by Jeni Mawterwww.jenimawter.com
  2. 2. ‘Life is a daring adventure or nothing’ Helen Keller
  3. 3. Are you an adventurer? Do you dream of being stranded on a desert island? Would you like to live in a tree, or adventure on the high seas? Battle mysterious creatures or stop a crime ring?
  4. 4. Then adventure writing is for you!
  5. 5. Use Exotic Settings
  6. 6. More Exotic Settings
  7. 7. Think of an exotic setting fora…  Mystery adventure  Fantasy adventure  Historical adventure  Romantic adventure
  8. 8. ExcitementDangerAction
  9. 9. Danger
  10. 10. Dangerous Situations Being vulnerable to …  injury Think  loss of more  evil examples  risk
  11. 11. Fast-paced action
  12. 12. Story Beginnings … Start with action
  13. 13. Elements of Adventure Writing A likeable protagonist
  14. 14. Elements of Adventure Writing An unlikeable antagonist
  15. 15. Start the story with a questThe quest is a long and difficult search for something.
  16. 16. The quest is something we can all identify with, or want. Examples???
  17. 17. The hero meets obstaclesHuman Institutionscriminals, corrupt people Army, government, secret serviceThe Elements Internalocean, jungle, desert, ice greed, fear, pride, physical weakness
  18. 18. and more obstacles …  Don’t avoid the risks and obstacles  Make life really difficult for the person on the quest
  19. 19. If you’re confronted with great fear and danger all you needare imagination and courage. R.L. Stevenson
  20. 20. Use your imagination to workout how to escape from thissituation.
  21. 21. Use your courage to work outhow to escape from thissituation.
  22. 22. Introduce twists and turns in the plot
  23. 23. Keep sentences short and lean Jamie grabbed the rope and started pulling till her arms ached and then the boy appeared over the cliff edge and then she got a shock and almost lost her grip. Jamie grabbed the rope, pulling till her arms ached. When the boy suddenly appeared she almost lost her grip.
  24. 24. Story Ideas setting protagonist quest bullfighting arena detective money dilapidated house orphan save a life ghost town astronaut find missing medal hidden cave athlete solve a mystery mountain top princess make friends military base dragon find the truth riding academy boy/girl freedom wildlife sanctuary refugee catch a thief

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