Developing pupils’ creative writing skills

How can structure and flexibility be combined to develop your pupils’ creative writing skills?

In developing pupils’ creativity it is, of course, essential that they are given the flexibility to explore ideas and avenues. But at the same time their creative writing needs to be structured and formatted. Indeed it can be argued that all creative work of value has some sort of structure, even if it is not always self-evident.
In response to this, Brilliant Publications has produced the series – Brilliant Activities for Creative Writing – to support teachers as they help pupils develop their writing skills. It is important for pupils to articulate and communicate their ideas to then be able to organise them coherently into a piece of creative writing.

The activities throughout the series support pupils in understanding the different formats in which they are required to write, from narrative and poetry to recounts and persuasive writing. Yet, in order to keep the structure flexible, many of the activities ask the pupils open-ended questions so that they can make their writing their own, using imagination and creativity.

The worksheets are self-explanatory and ready to use; the only additional resources needed are a pen or pencil and, sometimes, extra paper. A number of suggestion boxes are also provided on the sheets to give your pupils additional support in completing the task at hand.

What’s more, there are also a number of hint and tip boxes for teachers which provide useful ideas and suggestions for initiating talking about writing and, therefore, making the most of the activities. These can be particularly beneficial if another teacher is covering your lesson.

You can order Brilliant Activities for Creative Writing in any of these ways:

On our website
By phone on 01449 766629
By fax on 01449 767122
By email to

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
IP14 5ND.

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 767122


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