Work of Arthur Terry young writers to appear in spine chilling new book
A scarily high number of Arthur Terry students are starting a new creative chapter as published authors.
The young writers have beaten off stiff competition from thousands of other children nationally to see their short stories appear in a new horror anthology.
‘Spine Chillers – the Spooky West Midlands’ required (the then) year 7 and 8 students to write a short horror story of 100 words or under.
More than 400 Arthur Terry students entered the competition, which was organised by Young Writers and an impressive 159 were accepted from the outstanding academy.
A spokesperson for Young Writers said:
“Many schools and students took part in this competition, with thousands of stories submitted from all over the UK. Work has been selected for publication based on imagination, perception, expression and creative use of language.”
Arthur Terry English teacher, Elizabeth Feasey, used resources available on the ‘Young Writers’ website to plan a number of English lessons for the students based upon their previous experience at Sci-fi writing to create tension, suspense and atmosphere in their work.
During lessons, once students had decided on an idea for their spine-chiller, they were asked to write a synopsis of the story in just two sentences, stripping their ideas down to the ‘bare bones’. These were then discussed as a class, identifying each stories points of atmosphere, tension and suspense. Titles included were ‘Soulless’, ‘Asylum’, ‘The Phantom’ and ‘The Harsh Reality of the Real world’.
Elizabeth Feasey said:
“Our students were extremely enthusiastic about taking part in this writing project and we are thrilled to hear that so many of them have been awarded for their exemplary work. The Arthur Terry English Faculty continue to be extremely proud of all our students’ successes and cannot wait to see the published copy.”
Deputy Headteacher Samantha Kibble added
“We are absolutely thrilled that so many of our talented students have been chosen to have their stories published. We foster a love of reading at Arthur Terry and this inspires the students to use their imagination in their creative writing. I am looking forward to receiving the book and then sharing it with all of the students at the school.”
A copy of ‘Spine-Chillers – The Spooky West Midlands’ will be sent to the British Library and other libraries across the UK and Republic of Ireland, providing a lasting record of their achievement.
The book is due to be published on the 31st of January 2017.