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Published date: March 20, 2019
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Young Critics Review Lichfield Literature 2019 – Emma Pass (by Rebecca Stanley)

Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am a young critic for the Lichfield Literature festival. Today I am reviewing ‘writing fictional world’s workshop’.  A presentation by Emma Pass. She is a successful author who wants to inspire others to go for their goals and never give up. When I first got there, I thought this is going to be amazing! And I was correct, the presentation and the learning was amazing. The Samuel Johnson birth museum was the perfect environment to hold this presentation because it has a very warm and comforting feeling. The setting really made the mood more realistic. The historic element made a great inspiration for peoples work. Emma used an old fashioned projector to do her writing workshop, it really made the whole old fashioned/fantasy idea come to life. At the start of the workshop Emma introduced herself and told us about her books. She also told us about how she wanted to be an author. Emma then used her projector and showed us some description of the concepts of already existing books and asked us to guess what they were. That was a good idea because it showed people what a concept is and exactly what needs to be included in one.

Emma’s first activity/tip was to come up with a concept. This means like the plot of the story without giving away characters or too much about the setting. To help you do this you should ask questions about your world. Those questions are:

.Who is in charge of your world?

. What does your world look like?

.What kind of technology is in your world?

. Where do people live?

.What do people eat?

.What do people wear?

.What do people do every day?

.Are there any special powers in your world?

.Is your world divided into groups or fractions? If so, why?

This is helpful because it inspires people to write what they think and feel. They can write whatever they want without fear; they can really express themselves through their setting and the story. The questions also help to show you the structure of writing a good story. People in the room seemed eager to get on with the task. But at the same time, Emma seemed eager to help others if they were struggling, which really showed her passion for writing and the kindness in her heart. There was a 10 minute time limit for this as we only had an hour for the whole writing workshop but it was effective. It also shows people that writers have a time limit and they have to stick to that.

Step 2: Come up with a logo/phrase for your characters. By doing this you have something that can be repeated thorough the story. A good example of a phrase from a book/tv show is ‘if every pork chop was perfect, we wouldn’t have hot dogs’. It is catchy and motivational , this is what u need in a good slogan. Having a slogan helps you to get motivated to write the rest of the story and put it into context. I really loved how Emma was so nice and she was willing to help everyone. It just made it feel like it we were all a community of people who wanted to be writers.

 Step 3: Create a hero and villan. After all, without a hero and villan, you wouldn’t have a story. Once you have your character, interview them, ask them questions. This really helps you to understand and connect with your character. This exercise is very effective! The questions you have to ask are:

.What’s your name?

.How old are you?

.What do you look like?

. Where do you live?

.What’s your family like?

.What do you do for a living?

.What do you love?

. What do you hate?

. Do you have a secret? If so, what is it?

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Overall this was an amazing experience and I recommend it if u want to become a writer one day. Because Emma was so nice, she accepted my questions, I asked her ‘what would you say to young writers?’ She then replied ‘ never give up, times will get tough but carry on, you can do it!’

I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it inspired you to talk to Emma and go to read some of her books.

by Rebecca Stanley