Creative juices flow at BudLitFest

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Creative juices flow at BudLitFest

Workshop and talk

Exeter School pupils enjoyed a creative writing workshop with a top writer at the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.

Run by the prestigious Arvon Foundation, author Christopher Wakling ran the workshop for young people aged 12 to 18 to explore how to create stories.

Upper Fifth Former Rosie Cromwell reported on the day:

The day was 16 September 2017. The place was the Masonic Hall in Budleigh Salterton, and the time was almost too early in the morning for a Saturday.

Within the hall, a creative writing workshop was beginning. Of the 15 people seated there, 8 were Exeter School pupils and all were well-equipped with pens, notebooks and deep imaginations.

This crack creative squad were a mix of folk from everywhere from Budleigh to Dartmoor and of all ages from 12-18.

Leading them was Christopher Wakling, writer of six books (including What I Did, The Devil’s Mask and Escape and Evasion,) and regular teacher for the Arvon Foundation.

Chris took us through a series of writing tasks that focused our minds so that we ended up writing a complete short story by the end of the day, along with notes on what makes a story a story.

Each and every piece came from the imagination of the pupils with advice and guidance from Christopher Wakling, and they were all great stories of characters and catastrophes.

Thanks to Mr Dobson for setting this up.

Earlier in the Festival, Director of Alumni Relations John Davidson and Communications Officer Karen Brookes-Ferrari attended a discussion from former pupil Tim Pears (1968 - 1974), an award-winning novelist whose latest poetic book, The Horseman, set in 1911 is the first in a rural trilogy located on the Devon/Somerset border, and Sarah Perry, who won the Waterstones Book of the Year and the British Book Awards Book of The Year with her atmospheric Victorian novel, The Essex Serpent. They discussed re-writing the past and how a writer steps out of the modern world into a moment in history they never experienced, and recreate it convincingly.

Exeter School was pleased to support this year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.