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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” Stephen King

At Minchinhampton Academy, by giving our pupils inspiring and challenging reading material, we want them to learn what it is to be a true writer. We want them to go through each step of the process and see the importance of drafting, editing, re-drafting, re-editing so they are able to use their writing to speak their truth. We encourage all pupils to (in the words of Katherine Rundell) ‘never ignore a possible’ when it comes to their writing. The importance of empathy when writing cannot be underestimated. We encourage empathy because ‘you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it.’

Writing on a page – Everything you need to know about writing at Minchinhampton Academy (pdf)

What our pupils say:

“I love writing because when I write I make it exciting.”

“I have recently been writing lots of different things in English , but I am most proud of my bird in a cage poem, because it was powerful and I spent a lot of time on it.”

“Poetry is important. They like poetry at Minchinhampton and they seem to like my poetry.” Yr 6 Leaver 2020

“I feel the most proud of making my Aztec style graphic novel, it was a very hard challenge but I overcame it. It was hard because I had to sew, glue, stich, draw and write to finish this project but I love the finished product!”

“I’m most proud of  my poetry because at the beginning of the year I found poetry boring and hard but now I really enjoy it.”

“In writing I have written my Toms midnight garden story, the canal ,our journey to the river sea letters and writing about that. My toms midnight garden storey I was very proud of and  the journey to the river sea writing I have been proud of and satisfied with as well.”

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