Ministry of Stories

I run writing clubs for the wonderful Ministry of Stories – a creative writing hub hidden behind a shop for monsters… After working as a freelancer for the organisation for a year and half, as of September 2021 I am a part-time member of the core team! I facilitate three community writing clubs for 8-12 year olds.

In 2020 I ran an after school club at Morpeth School, with Ben Jonson Primary School, focused on fictional diary writing. We turned their writing into a brilliant anthology – Blue Sparks Sizzling – hear some of them read their stories in our launch video to the right!

In 2021 – still in lockdown and via email, video and worksheets – I ran a Gothic storytelling club for students at Bishop Challoner School. Lily Ash Sakula and I created an illustrated workbook full of tips and activities, and the Ministry’s amazing volunteer mentors and I supported the young people through ten weeks of imagining and writing. The result was The Shadow Within, and Other Talesa thrilling and chilling collection of stories, including conflicted vampires, zombie hunters, and a sorrowful spider hybrid. I was so impressed with what they managed to create in the midst of the pandemic.

I have a particular love for Ministry of Stories, having volunteered with them before becoming a freelance member of their teaching team. The experience I got from being a volunteer mentor was invaluable, and their particular brand of monster-themed imagination is a total joy.

Illustration by Lily Ash Sakula

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