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Lily and I joined a Pizza Express World Book Day celebration at Crown Street Leeds for a workshop with Scribblers’ HQ to learn to write a novel in 60 minutes! Did we manage it? (Spoiler.. 50% of the team did!)
To start the session off, our lovely writer in residence from Scribblers’ HQ lead us through the similarities between great stories using common films like Star Wars and Moana to illustrate her points. We were all then encouraged to create our own characters.
Lily had no trouble coming up with her flying cat, Fuzzy. I on the other hand, had to look to the box of goodies that we were given for a bit of inspiration.
Once Lily and I had given our characters, Fuzzy and Carlotta, their defining characteristics, we then got stuck in writing about a problem in their lives they needed to solve.
I have to admit, I would have never thought to write a novel in a restaurant (aren’t that what coffee shops are for?) but the Pizza Express in Leeds is located in a such a nice building, it does have a funky, arty vibe. That and some pretty fantastic pizza and dough balls!
Lily loves to write and flew threw four chapters and a conclusion before I had finished my first one! In her novel Fuzzy the flying cat finds himself lost in the rain-forest with a broken wing. Does Fuzzy make it back home? You’ll have to buy the book when it comes out in hardback next month.
Sadly I did not finish my novel, but I have to say, I really enjoyed starting it. When I left Carlotta she had just received a middle of the night phone call from a friend in distress!
Novel finished, Lily turned her hand to her activity pack. The kids always love the activity packs before the meals at PizzaExpress but this one had a little something extra. PizzaExpress has teamed up with World Book Day for their Share A Story campaign to get the nation reading together.
In our World Book Day activity pack Lily got to decorate a bookmark for a chance to win a year’s supply of books (worth £250!) courtesy of National Book Tokens.
Having worked up an appetite we finally treated ourselves to a Pizza Express lunch (pizza and dough balls, what else!?).
Lily was quite proud that she finished her novel and, at two chapters in, I set my own personal novel writing record as well. Not a bad way to end a busy week!
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