Our Mini-shout! festival is an exploration of the story-making adventure. Children join us for the day to discover what they need to create a story and how they can make it work.
Think of it as the story creator’s toolbox. Each “tool” we share with the children is something they can use again (and teachers can share within a wider classroom setting). These include finding inspiration, exploring ideas, understanding character, and showing emotion.
We use an interactive mix of writing, illustration, and drama, and the emphasis is on the process of story creation rather than a finished product. Children work in small groups, with one author and one illustrator assigned to each to act as mentors during the festival.