Free interactive writing project for 7-11 year olds

Hot Key Books has launched ‘Fleur Hitchcock’s Story Adventure’, a free interactive writing project running between 21 January and 13 May 2013 aimed at children aged 7-11 years, to help author Fleur Hitchcock write the sequel to SHRUNK!, The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week.

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Using a secure site hosted on a Ning community platform, www.thestoryadventure.com already has over 600 subscribers after the soft launch on 11 December 2012 and children can join the project at any stage.

Fleur will post her first chapter on 21 January 2013 and invite children to answer questions and complete off-screen activities. The best ideas will be incorporated into the following chapter, with a new chapter every Monday until 13 May 2013. The final book is due for publication in January 2014.

The project and associated activities have been devised with the help of primary school teachers to ensure that it fits into the KS2 curriculum. Children who offer outstanding contributions to the project will earn a place on the Star List and have their names included in the book. There will also be an opportunity to win a school visit from the author for the most active school. The book will be available for pre-order on the site, as well as tickets to the book launch party.

Fleur Hitchcock recently completed the Writing for Children MA at Bath Spa and her first book, SHRUNK! published in September 2012 to critical acclaim and has been longlisted for the Brandford Boase Award 2013.

Fleur Hitchcock says: ‘I spent a lot of time working in schools, and realised that children were bubbling over with great ideas, so many of which never got the chance to come out. When Hot Key proposed the Story Adventure it seemed the perfect way to let children have their say and explore the possibilities of their incredible imaginations. I can’t wait to get started.

For more information about the project go to www.thestoryadventure.com

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