Using scriptwriting to inspire young writers (KS3)

Jonathan MorganMMUa

At a time when formulaic approaches to writing at GCSE are stifling young people's creativity and damaging their perception of English, teaching scriptwriting at KS3 can be an inspiring way to get students using their understanding of narrative, character and genre to develop creative writing skills and digital literacy, providing a structure that learners of all abilities can engage with.

In this practical session, there will be opportunities to:

  • explore scriptwriting conventions
  • discover how a fiction text can be adapted to the screen
  • consider how scriptwriting can be used to generate ideas for original writing
  • experiment with your own adapted or original short-film script

Jonathan Morgan is Director of NATE, and a former Secondary English consultant and Head of English who has published a range of KS3 and GCSE textbooks for students and teachers. Jonathan has a personal interest in writing for radio, TV and film, following his MA in Scriptwriting and former role in leading BBC Young Reporter at his previous school.


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This session is part of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) strand

Sat 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm