We take ten KS3 pupils out of lessons for a week and they write and publish a novel. For real.
In the process, the writers vastly improve their creative writing: everything from plotting a character arc to setting a scene to making sure that a sentence has exactly the rhythm they are looking for. On top of that, they have to properly work as a team, improving their ability to give feedback, take feedback, organise tasks and trust their group.
Groups start with a blank page on Monday morning. They are lead through a series of exercises and activities and publish their own collaboratively written novel on Friday afternoon. Nobody outside the group touches a key during the week: the novel is entirely the work of the students involved.
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