Free resources and activities, tuition news, extracts from my books and everything creatively inspired!

 RSS Feed

  1. Park panorama

    How many animals can you see in the picture? Be careful, some of them are in unexpected places!

    What types of people are in the picture and what are they doing?

    Write down everything you can see in the picture. There is lots to see and plenty going on.

    Now imagine you are also in the park. Describe being there and decide what you would like to do.

    Will you play with the dogs or help the children get the cat out of the tree?

    Would you like to go to the pond or have a picnic?

    Or will you do something new that is not in the picture?

    For more creative writing ideas for children, have a look at my books on Amazon and try out the free samples.

  2. chilren on cogs C s


    Use the picture to help you describe a strange and unusual journey.

    Your whole journey can take place in the place above, or you can travel there from somewhere else.


    Your journey can be:

    a dream

    an imagining

    a fantasy adventure

    a science fiction experience


    Try to include how you are feeling and who is with you. Write at least 3 paragraphs.


    For more creative writing ideass, take a look at my books on Amazon where you can try free samples.

  3. A Crash Course in Creative Writing copy

    Would you love to dive into creative writing?

    Perhaps you used to write, and it fell away as life moved on? Or you already write and want to practice and improve?

    This book will help you to explore new ways of writing and expressing your creativity. You will be able to learn new techniques, beginning by using your own life experiences to show you different ways of being creative with what you know.

    All the tasks in this book have been used in creative writing classes and intensive workshops with people of varying ages, ability and experience.

    Now available on Amazon where you can try a free sample from the ebook.

  4. girl landscape low moon

    Try this practice activity for your English Language exam!

    The activity is based on the type of question you might see in the English Language original writing section but with more help and a lot less stress. You can take as long as you like to complete the activity and remember to treat it as practice rather than a mini-exam.

    For this activity I want you to first describe what is happening in the picture. You can write full sentences or just make some notes. Try to pick out as much detail as possible, including descriptions of the scene, the girl, the moon etc.

    Now imagine you are actually there, in the middle of a real event with this giant moon looming in the sky.

    How would you feel?

    What might you do? 

    Who is the girl?

    What happens next?

    Write a story inspired by the picture and including some, or all, of the planning work you have completed. You can also include any new ideas you think of to make it a better story.

    Try to write at least 4 good paragraphs, but also be careful not to write more than about 2 pages.

    Hint: if you find you write too little or too much, use activities like this to practice writing less or more by keeping a close eye on how you answer questions, and what you can add or leave out of your work.

    For more help with your English exams, take a look at my educational books on Amazon.