Rewriting Roald Dahl – Saturday 14 September 2019



Saturday 14 September 2019 from 12.45pm to 17:45pm

George couldn’t help disliking Grandma. She was a selfish grumpy old woman. She had pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog’s bottom.

‘How much sugar in your tea today, Grandma?’ George asked her.

‘One spoon,’ She said. ‘And no milk.’

Most Grandmothers are lovely, kind, helpful old ladies, but not this one. She spent all day and every day sitting in her chair by the window, and she was always complaining, grousing, grouching, grumbling, griping about something or other. Never once, even on her best days, had she smiled at George and said, ‘Well how are you this morning, George?’ or ‘Why don’t you and I have a game of Snakes and Ladders?’ or ‘How was school today?’ She didn’t seem to care about other people, only about herself. She was a miserable old grouch.
*George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is best known for his wit, imagination and colourful writing. This masterclass will look at how we can make our poetry more Roald Dahlish. With an emphasis on play and releasing your inner child, using stuffed animals and games from our childhood we will write new poems of our own inspired by his genius.
We will begin the session looking at how to break his work into the many parts it is made of and use his plays to inspire work of our own.
This masterclass will look at how we can control language and sound in our own writing and what we can learn from the best writer for children.

Topics Covered

*How to control your language
*How to create the right sounds through word choice
*Releasing your imagination
*Finding the muse

On the day, we will:

*Create a body of poems
*Discuss what we can learn from the master writers
*Read our work out in a supportive and friendly environment

*You will leave the workshop with a meaningful insight into the structure and techniques of the examples of great writing as well as a confident ability to create meaningful work of this genre. You will also leave with a body of work that you can build on after the session.