Creative Writing Courses

In The Book Dragon Club, we love writing as much as reading! These popular creative writing courses for children are run by best-selling author Lexi Rees in schools, at after-school clubs, and online.

Here are some testimonials from schools for events run by Lexi. To see more testimonials and photos, please visit Lexi’s author website here.

“A massive thank you! The children loved it.”

Parsons Green Preparatory school, London

“The staff were really impressed with your ability to make the children want to find out more. They loved how interactive it was.”

St Leonard’s Primary School, London

“Lexi was really inspirational to our pupils. Her workshops were interactive and engaging for all ages.”

Castle Hill Primary School, London

“Book-in-a-week” course

This popular “Book-in-a-week” course run by Lexi takes children through

  • planning a story, beyond the “beginning/ middle/ end”
  • character creation and development
  • the use of maps in books and map-making
  • “just -one-more” chapter titles
  • the secrets of eye-catching cover design
  • how to write attention grabbing blurbs
  • biographies
  • all about copyright

During the week, the children complete a detailed piece of writing in a book-like format.

Format

Over the week, there are five 40 minute live Zoom sessions. To get the most out of the course, children can continue their writing outside of the sessions, but this is optional. Sessions are suitable for ages 8-12 as activities will be tailored for different levels, with a maximum of 10 students in each session. The course costs £40 for the week per student.

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Hogwarts week

We’re off to everybody’s favourite wizarding school for some creative writing inspiration. Over the week we will

  • Create our own magic school to enter the TriWizard Tournament (and practice our world building skills)
  • Visit the Forbidden Forest (looking at super settings)
  • Write a spell (adding a dash of poetry)
  • Attend potions class (using those instruction writing skills)
  • Pick sides at the Quidditch Cup (using time markers in our reporting)

Dressing up is encouraged!

Format

Over the week, there are five 40 minute live Zoom sessions. To get the most out of the course, children can continue their writing outside of the sessions, but this is optional. This course is suitable for ages 7-10 years, with a maximum of 10 students in each session. The course costs £40 for the week per student.

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Let’s get blogging!

If you’re passionate about books, fashion, make-up, crafts, hobbies, travel, cookery or anything else, blogging is a great way to publish your work, but it does requires a bit of planning and can be hard to keep going. This course will

  • help students establish themselves as bloggers
  • provide support and encouragement
  • work on idea generation to produce a blogging calendar
  • explore the components of an attention grabbing title
  • discuss the usage of images and copyright.

Note – you will need to have a blog set up in advance of the course, although you don’t need to have published anything on it. If you’d like help with the technical side of setting up a blog, please get in touch – I can offer a 121 session helping you set up a basic, free, WordPress blog.

Format

Over the term, there are eight weekly forty minute live Zoom sessions, with a break for half term. To get the most out of the course, children can continue their writing outside of the sessions, but this is optional. This course is suitable for ages 10-14 years, with a maximum of 12 students in each session. The course costs £120 for the term per student.

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“How to be a journalist” course

Not only will you design your own newspaper and write articles, this course will show you the secrets to being a world-class journalist including

  • learn to write killer headlines
  • demystify mastheads, decks, character counts and more
  • discover the 5 W’s of journalism
  • practice the journalist’s unique story pyramid

As well as being an author, the tutor, Lexi Rees, is a graduate of the London School of Journalism.

A student's desk ready for the journalism course.
A student’s desk, ready for the journalism course.

Format

Over the week, there are five 40-minute live Zoom sessions. To get the most out of the course, children can continue their writing outside of the sessions, but this is optional. This course is suitable for ages 10-12 years, with a maximum of 10 students in each session. The course costs £40 for the term per student.

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Comprehension skills

This course is designed to develop comprehension skills and is suitable for ages 9-11. Over the course of the term, students will practice the typical SATS style questions, using Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees as a mentor text. A signed copy of the book is included in the course fee (free postage within the UK). Students will be expected to read a few chapters (don’t worry – they’re short) each week in preparation for the lesson.

Format

Over the term, there are eight weekly 40 minute live Zoom sessions, with a break for half term. To get the most out of the course, children will need to do the set reading before each class, and are encouraged to continue with their work outside of the sessions. Model answers will be supplied after each class for the parent/ student to review as we recognise not everyone is comfortable sharing their work online. Groups are kept small with a maximum of ten students. The course costs £120 for the term per student.

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For more information on an of these courses or to join the waiting lists, please get in touch.


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