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Story Sharing With ESOL Students

Published: 8th May 2012 10:36

 I expected the WeLL What's Your Story event last week to be the most challenging of my time as a writer in residence to date.  I was booked in to teach flash fiction creative writing to students of Highbury College who were on the English as a Second Language programme.

I thought that as they are adults I should bring along some of my own writing to share with them  so I turned a chapter of one of my novels into flash fiction of 500 words and 200 words to show them the differences in details but how the
overall feel of the story remains the same.

The students of each session came in looking very sorry for themselves (I think I would feel the same if I had to try creative writing in a foreign language), but I am happy to say they  left with big grins on their faces.  Their feedback both written and verbal was that they liked working in teams and that creative writing was a lot more fun than they had expected.  Even better they clearly demonstrated that they understood the link between literacy and how it paves the way to better health!   In their teams the ESOL students of Highbury College created 42 entertaining, moving and often hilarious stories for the WeLL What's Your Story collection.

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