The Describe Project
The Describe Project is the Initiative of Longford County Library and Arts Services. Longford has a high profile in supporting creativity in children and young people. After the success of the children's collaborative novel, "All Because of a Toothbrush", a new project "Describe" was established with Fergus Kennedy, Longford Arts Officer, Mary Carlton Reynolds, County Librarian, and Chris Thompson, the project facilitator
The overall aims of the project included:
Language is an "art"and any "art" or "craft" can be improved and enhanced through exploration. The process of “scribing has its basis in active listening and the oral recounting of stories. It is for this reason that training and resources in story telling and story making have formed a part of this project.
There are many approaches to the successful gaining of both, reading and creative writing skills. Scribing with its emphasis on oral skill development and story makes is a useful and effective tool in the teaching toolbox.
- The exploration of innovative and imaginative approaches to creative writing for all children
- Emphasis on the development and creative use of oral skills
- The encouragement of parents and relatives in improving creative interaction with children in school, or at home.
- The facilitation of creative writing for very young or disadvantaged children
- Encouraging the use of libraries as centres for creative writing activities
A Scribed story is where one person, adult or older child, acts as listener, recorder and editor for the author.
It can involve one adult, a teacher or parent listening to and recording the orally recounted stories of one child or a small group of children Children can also Scribe for each other.