Last term students in Year 8, 9 and 10 were asked to submit a short story to become our first Creative Writer of the Year.
We had 15 entires from Year 8, 11 from Year 9 and 7 from Year 11.
The criteria we judges had to use was….
Does the story have originality and flair?
Does the story have relevant and well-judged level of depth and detail?
Has language been crafted deliberately to create effect?
Is the plot coherent and logical?
Are the characters realistic and three-dimensional?
Are descriptions sensitive and subtle.
I really enjoyed being one of the judges for the year 8 category. and although there were a few of the typical vampire/witches stories, and ones I’m sure I’ve read or seen before – so these scored low on originality.
However there were some gems and at the final event I read an extract from the Year 8 winner.
Alongside all this judging the opening paragraphs were read to Tutor groups who then went on to illustrate this text – with a prize for the best illustration. There was also a ‘People’s Choice’ where the opening paragraph of each story was displayed and students, staff and visitors were able to vote for their favourite.
The final event was well attended by families and the occasion was extremely enjoyable and inspiring for both students, parent/carers and staff. With local Poet Toby Wood presenting the awards.
Congratulations to all the winners and I’m looking forward to next years event now!