Students at the Academy recently enjoyed the opportunity of taking part in creative writing workshops with Adam Z. Robinson, a writer of theatre, short fiction and film.
Adam taught students in years eight, nine, ten and eleven new creative writing skills such as writing based on memories and the use of extended metaphor in writing. These skills will ultimately help students with their GCSE English Language course, as well as extended writing more broadly across the curriculum.
Adam is an experienced leader of creative writing workshops, having taught several workshops here at Thornhill Community Academy and at other schools and community groups across Yorkshire and beyond. He is currently touring his ghost story production, The Book of Darkness and Light, nationally, and has recently premiered a new ghost story production, Shivers. He has recently had his script for The Book of Darkness and Light published by Playdead Press.
The workshops were organised by Dr Price as part of the English department’s commitment to ensuring students are given opportunities to access a range of different cultural experiences, and to provide challenging work to our most able students.
Dr Price told us: “The workshops were incredibly successful and we hope that we can welcome Adam back to the Academy in the future.”
Our students really enjoyed the workshop sessions which were held in the library and found them useful in helping them develop their writing skills. Here is what they had to say:
“I have learnt how to make 20 words into a 20 page story. Thanks Adam.”
“I am really delighted that Adam came to the Academy. His workshop has helped me with using metaphors.”
“Beginning a story is often the most difficult part of writing. I discovered different ways of starting a story and this will help me to improve my writing.”
“Adam taught us not to be too judgemental about our work but to concentrate on what comes to mind. I really enjoyed the workshop.”