DAN summer workshops

This year I did four more summer workshops in Northwich. They were: Sun, Sea and Sandcastles; Vampires; Dragons; Angels and Demons. The results can be seen on danarts.org . They were great fun. At the first one we wrote fairly short poems on all aspects of the seaside, and made bunting which can be seen on the front desk of Northwich Library.

We also wrote this group poem:

I do like to be beside the seaside because

I like swimming in the salty sea

oh please come in with me.

I like seeing seagulls flying to their tree.

I like making sandcastles on the beach

running and having fun

collecting shells and crab fishing.

I like doing sandcastles and going in the sea.

I like listening to the brass band play jazz tunes

while watching people surfing.

I like eating ice-cream on the beach.

I like buying shells.

I love swimming in the sea.

I like playing in the sea, splashing around.

I like the sound of the seagulls as I sunbathe.

Thanks to Visite, Ellie, Erin, Antonia, Leonie, Amy and Elsha for making this such a happy morning!

Vampires was fun and we managed not to scare ourselves too much. For the Dragons material I have to thank Karen Garner for realising some chapters from her book There’s no Smoke without Dragons.

At the Angels and Demons one, we wrote scripts and performed them, as well as learning how to make diamante poems.

A diamante has seven lines that follow this sequence:

Line A: Topic A (must be a noun)
Line B: Two vivid adjectives that describe Topic A
Line C: Three interesting โ€œ-ingโ€ action verbs that describe Topic A
Line D: Two concrete nouns about Topic A and two about Topic G
Line E: Three interesting โ€œ-ingโ€ action verbs that describe Topic G
Line F: Two vivid adjectives that describe Topic G
Line G: Topic G (must be a noun)


Immortal, winged

Flying, singing, praying

Message, star … gargoyle, nightfall,

Deceiving, damning, tormenting

Hideous, evil


Thanks to all the children who came to write with me.



Filed under Children's Poetry, Education, poetry, Writing challenges

2 responses to “DAN summer workshops

  1. I read them your poem Celia.