7 thoughts on “Guest post: How to Write an Interactive Short Story by Roger Hurn

  1. Benjamin Gorman says:

    Great idea. Actually, it’s a simple idea that I’ve tried before with mixed success in my writing classes, but this provided some good tips that are more likely to make it successful in the future. Thanks from me and from a couple hundred students a year!

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    • Roger Hurn says:

      Yes I have blogged this on the TES website and an awful lot of teachers are now using this idea with their pupils – which is gratifying. I hope your teacher friends in Madrid find it useful.

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  2. Roger Hurn says:

    Funnily enough, in all the times I’ve used this exercise, I’ve never had a child who didn’t want to participate. I think the key is to make it a fun, non threatening “game” where everyone knows their ideas have value and that they are supported and encouraged. Often we “act out” the different consequencies of possible choices – usually with me as the hapless Lucas! This brings the story alive and helps the children to really engage because everyone can chip in – even if they’re not actually acting. It’s amazing how many children have said to me that they didn’t realise how easy it was to write stories when using this method. One mum of a reluctant writer contacted me to say how her daughter and her friends were now using this idea to write stories at home in their own time! I hope this goes some way to answering your question.

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