Tutor Master helps you Write Stories Book 1

"Mum, dad, I don't know what to write next!"

This statement was relayed to me on many occasions by parents anxious that their children were struggling with the skills and ideas for creative writing.

As a teacher for 19 years and now working as a successful private tutor for the last 8 years it has been my experience that many children find story writing extremely difficult.  An increasingly familiar scenario presented to me by the parents of the children I tutor is that their children are unable to write the stories that they are expected to write.  Yet, paradoxically, the requirement for children to be able to write interesting, structured, fluent and coherent stories is considered to be an essential feature of many examinations.  This is evident in SATs at Key Stages 2 and 3 and in English papers for some 11 plus exams and for Common Entrance and private school entry.

The idea for my 2 books arose from a clearly expressed and identifiable need.  My approach has been used with great success with children I have tutored and hundreds of copies of both books have been sold.  Both students and their parents have benefited from the story plans with successful writers achieving better results and more reluctant writers improving.

Tutor Master helps you Write Stories One

The red cover of Tutor Master helps you Write Stories Book One

ISBN: 978-0-9555909-0-0

Book One covers these aspects of story writing.

Parts of Speech - the jobs that words do in sentences

The aim being to help children understand how to use certain words appropriately

Feelings bank

Children often experience difficulty in expressing their feelings about themselves or the characters in their stories.  The "feelings bank" gives them ideas.  (Examiners are looking particularly to see if children are able to express themselves in this way.)

The ingredients of a good story

Eleven key pointers are included so that children are aware of the things they need to do when writing stories.  (Examiners are particularly looking to see that children are able to punctuate direct speech - this is covered here.)

Story plans

There are 20 of these.  They provide different ideas that provide a structured framework to stimulate ideas for stories.  The technique developed is to encourage young writers to value their own experiences as the basis for their stories.