On 30th August at Hove Library, there was a little corner of the children’s section with a table covered in paper and pencils. No, the stationery cupboard hadn’t exploded – it was the Mythical Maze Writing Workshop!
When preparing for the workshop, I wanted to think of as many interesting and unusual ways to start off a story and so turned to a friend for advice. She suggested telling a story from a villain’s point of view and that was the mindset that the children participating got into. We had great fun creating villainous and not so villainous creatures and characters, including an evil moustache and a giant called Bob. Creating characters was by far the most popular activity but we did manage to start writing some stories with beautiful descriptions of the setting. My personal favourite story began by talking about a “thrilling quest” but I won’t tell you any more as we might have a future bestseller!
I really enjoyed running this event and it was a great end to a summer of volunteering at the Library. It has improved my confidence and organisation skills, and it’s a real joy to see happy children enjoying reading and telling you all about their books. I definitely recommend becoming a young volunteer if you’re eligible – I will definitely be returning next year!
Elizabeth, Young Volunteer, Hove Library
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