Chris Thompson's innovative approach to Creative EducationFind out about the exciting Scribing Technique. Downloadable Resources providedInteractive approaches to Story telling and downloadable resourcesIdeas for drama in the classroom with all age groupsStory telling and Magic shows for all agesDemonstration sessions, workshops for teachers, and more

What can Chris offer?

An on-going creative writing programme
intergenerational projects
Supporting the SESE curriculum
Supporting the SESE curriculum
a cultural diversity project
A collaborative novel
Plays For the Backstage
Word Pictures
A Scribing Project
Children's writing
Creative Writing Galleries
Using role-play to inspire creative writing

Further details about this project are available on request.

The "Penfriends" Project

For six Mondays, in May and June of 2005, fifth and sixth class children from St Mathew's National School met up with the group from St Christopher's to explore creative writing together, supported by project facilitator, Chris Thompson.
Each Monday morning, Chris visited the school to introduce the technique of Scribing, This is a special approach to creative writing where the Scribe supports the author by fully sharing the creative process in story making by
  • helping to discuss ideas for a story
  • asking questions to develop story ideas
  • holding the pen and recording the orally recounted stories
  • sharing with proof reading and presentation
  • enjoying the story with the author
The older children soon became expert scribes supporting each other in creative writing and acting as scribes for young authors in the Infant classroom. The new stories produced in school were very imaginative.
In the afternoons, some of the fifth and sixth class children joined with the St Christopher's group to use their new skills as scribes. Each week, Chris introduced a new Story Inspiration to get ideas flowing. The stories produced through the scribing sessions were fascinating and most enjoyable. After the six week programmes, the stories were gathered and formatted into a book which was launched at the Centre.

Click here for a selection of pictures and stories from the Penfriends Project