To celebrate 50 years of UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, Ridgeway High School and Community Library held an interactive workshop with the talented local author, Matthew Drzymala.
Matthew Drzymala is the author of “The Bumpkinton Tales” and “Brainstorm”. Thanks to Matthew’s kind donation, a copy of “The Bumpkinton Tales” is now available to borrow from the library.
A group of Year 8 and Year 9 students were selected to participate in the workshop as a reward for their enthusiasm and engagement in their English lessons during the Summer Term.
Students got to hear excerpts from the book read aloud by the author. The readings helped the children to think about how to create and add depth to their characters. They were able to learn about how to give characters motivation within a story as well as putting their own experiences into what they write.
Mrs Potts (School Librarian) who ran the event said:
“The workshop was fantastic. The students really enjoyed it and made lots of impressive contributions during the discussions. We also have a few aspiring authors who really got a lot out of the experience.”
“Well, I just want to say it was a privilege to work with the students today. They were all enthusiastic to take part in the exercises. It was an absolute pleasure. I hope I have helped to ignite sparks within them and that they will all go on to become magnificent writers.”
Mrs Potts endeavours to bring further learning opportunities for students with aspirations in writing. Students wishing to be included in future events should express their interest to Mrs Potts in the Library.