While there’s nothing nicer than immersing yourself in a wonderful world of adventure with your children, encouraging them to put pen to paper and create stories of their own is a fantastic way to unleash their imagination and develop their writing skills.
Next month sees National Short Story Week take place, and there’s no better time to spend time with your child and work with them to hone their reading and writing skills and get them to develop a passion for using their favourite tales as inspiration.
From The Gruffalo to Harry Potter, learning to love a literary world is a wonderful way to get kids to explore their own mind and bring it to life with short stories and pictures. Allowing their imagination to run riot is key to building confidence and developing a love for expressing themselves, before helping to add direction by providing them with topics to focus on, characters to develop, or titles to interpret.
Stuart Barker, Marketing Manager for Pilot Pens said: â€œThis national event is such a wonderful opportunity to help develop children’s learning skills, and teaming up with teachers, other parents, the local library or out of school clubs is a great way to keep the momentum going.
“As National Short Story Week takes place from November 16th-22nd, getting children to learn to love expressing themselves and honing their writing skills at the same time is great preparation for secondary school, and encouraging kids to enter competitions organised to mark the event is the ideal way to get them to to take pride in their work and get used to sharing it.
“By downloading posters – or better yet, getting children to design their own – to announce school- or library-led competitions, and asking the Short Story Week organisation for certificates to reward them for taking part, this is the perfect chance to make thinking, writing and self expression great fun, aiding learning all the time. Who knows if the future Enid Blyton or Terry Pratchett is living under your roof?
And it’s not just about children – if you’re one of the thousands of people convinced there’s a best-selling novel just dying to get out of you, why not have a go yourself?
As the UKâ€™s leading rollerball company, Pilot has a huge range of pens to appeal to would-be authors and scribblers of all ages and moods, from sleek and stylish fine writing nibs, bold markers, delicate mechanical pencils, and a choice of gel and liquid inks, all available in rainbow of vivid colours for creative illustrations – and with clever thermo sensitive ink technology in the FriXion range, children are also able to â€˜Frixion-it!â€™, should they make a mistake, altering mistakes over and over again for the perfect end result to build confidence.
Find out more about National Short Story Week at http://www.nationalshortstoryweek.org.uk