What a Character!
A sense of place
From page to screen
Welcome to What the Dickens?
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Think about the last good story you read. Did you feel that you knew the characters and that you could picture where the story was set? Great writing can make you feel like you are actually there in the story with the action going on around you.
What the Dickens?
will give you the tools to create your own stories, following the example of the master storyteller, Charles Dickens, himself.
You might not know that Charles Dickens was not only a distinguished author but was also a campaigner for copyright laws. Through this programme celebrating Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, you will find out why it’s important to protect the work of writers and other creators and how copyright can help you on your own creative journey.
And to help you put your new writing skills into action, we have an exciting writing competition for you to enter with amazing prizes. You could win:
A fantastic Kindle
– loaded with great book titles
Amazon vouchers worth £100 for the winner or £50 each for two runners-up
And that’s not all – if your story wins, you will receive the following prizes for your school:
An inspirational visit from an author
A fascinating class visit to the Dickens Museum in London or £1000 worth of books for your school library
Below are videos from professional writers who have some top tips on creative writing to get you started!
WHAT A CHARACTER! >>
Meg Rosoff discusses Dickens’ skill in creating larger-than-life characters.
A SENSE OF PLACE >>
Mal Peet explores the power of descriptive writing.
FROM PAGE TO SCREEN >>
Sarah Phelps examines the process of adapting a novel for television.
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