Your stories shared

Read the Beyond Words anthology - a collection of your outstanding stories

What's this project about?

The project has now closed. You can view the Beyond Words anthology with over 100 creative works from children and young people on our online gallery.

Writing about how you feel can have a positive impact on your mood and help you to make sense of how you feel. We worked with award-winning poets and authors to produce tutorials supporting young people to get writing. You can find inspiration from them below if you'd like to create something in your own time. 

Resources for young people aged 12+ years

How do I put my feelings into words?

Sophia Thakur, storyteller and poet, shares some simple techniques you can use to put what you're feeling inside on to the page. 

Use Sophia's worksheet with her video (4:56 minutes) to explore how you can use the five senses to make your readers physically feel your words.

How do I start writing a poem?

Caleb Parkin is a poet and performer. He has been writer-in-residence for Beyond Words at Cheltenham Festivals since 2018. 

In his video, he shares some practical tools and techniques to help you kick-start your own writing. Download Caleb's writing activity and use it alongside his video (4:29 minutes), using the theme of 'change' to start creating.

Resources for children aged 8 to 12 years

How do I begin a story?

Jennifer Bell writes stories about young people who go on adventures to new places or discover secret worlds hidden within our own. You might already have an idea, but knowing how to actually start a story can feel daunting.

In her short guide, Jen shares three exercises you can use to get your creative juices flowing.

photo of author Jennifer Bell

Writing about emotions using poetry

We are all likely to be experiencing a wide range of emotions at this current time. Poet Joshua Seigal's poetry workshop involves writing about these emotions in a creative, playful and perhaps humorous way. 

Create your 2020 memory box with poetry

What are your memories of 2020? Turn your experiences into fantastic poetry with Joshua Seigal’s step-by-step poetry warm-up. 

Watch Josh's video (11:12 mins) then grab a pen and start creating your 2020 memory box! Don't forget to share work with us afterwards.

Resources for children aged 5 to 12 years

Where can I find inspiration?

Poet Matt Goodfellow shares how he takes inspiration from everyday life to craft his poetry. 

Not sure what to write about? Take a peek into Matt's imagination as he shares the real-life story behind one of his poems 'Doggy' in his video (2:25 minutes). Plus, hear his top tips on how to live like a poet!

Resources for children aged 5 to 8 years

Draw your 2020!

There are lots of ways you can take part in Beyond Words including drawing. To help inspire you, children's author and illustrator Steve Antony has created a step-by-step video on how to draw a dragon.

What creature represents your 2020? The lockdown lizard? The climate Grinch? Grab a pen and paper and try drawing something from your 2020.

Get messy with poetry!

Poems can provide a small, safe space to explore what’s going on, how we feel, what we’re thinking. And that smallness can be reassuring when what is going on around us is very, very BIG!

Laura Mucha has put together some writing exercises to help you come up with your own poem - and it involves creating a great big mess! Watch her video (5:18 minutes) and use it with her worksheet to get started.

Writing about how you feel

Finding a way to let others know how you are feeling can be hard.

Cheryl Moskowitz's ‘The House That Is Me’ activity takes the body as a starting point to find the right words to express how you are feeling on the inside.

Teachers and parents can use Cheryl’s guide along with the video to help children create their own ‘The House That Is Me’ poem.

Finding your way with words

Sue Hardy-Dawson is an award-winning dyslexic poet and illustrator. As a child, Sue hated writing and initially struggled with reading. Nowadays she loves both.

In her video (3:14 minutes), Sue shares some tips and tools to help you write with confidence. Ideas and creativity don’t always rely on having brilliant handwriting or spelling – just good ideas!