Tiger's Eye Writers

We are a creative writing group for children aged 6-11, budding writers and those who have never written before. Our workshops aim to create a relaxed and supportive space in which children feel encouraged to write without the pressure of having to reach prescribed targets.

They are open to anyone aged between 6-17, both budding writers and those who have never written before. Each session begins with games and warm-up exercises to stimulate the imagination, followed by focused activities inviting participants to have a go at creating a poem or story. We finish with the opportunity for the children to read their work to the group and receive sensitive and constructive feedback.

Operating as usual

Tiger's Eye Writers Blog 06/02/2022

Tiger's Eye Writers Blog

What would a puppet say if it could speak? What is the relationship between puppet and puppeteer? These questions and others generated some wonderful discussions in our sessions this week, which inspired some highly original work. Click on the link to enter the minds of two different but equally imaginative puppets, conjured by Abi and Rose.

https://www.poemsandproofs.co.uk/tigers-eye-writers-blog

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Teaching 06/01/2022

Teaching

We started a new term of writing sessions this week and it was wonderful as always to see the children and young people again after the break. There are spaces in all three groups so do get in touch if your child is interested. Here's a delicious taster of what we've been up to.

The mistletoe

I was nestled amongst branches of silence,
A world in a sphere of leaves,
Mistle thrush sings,
Earth dreams

My arms are long and they are in hundreds,
Brushing wishes, stroking minds,
Seeing wonders,
With wings

They saw me and a thought came into a head,
A gift to hang on a door,
Or a kitchen,
Perfect

Left by a doorstep with care, stay still,
I told myself, don’t fly far,
Stay there sleeping,
They’ll come

Ella Jesson, 11

https://www.poemsandproofs.co.uk/teaching.html

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Teaching 01/12/2021

Teaching

Does your child enjoy creative writing? Bookings are now open for next term's sessions, still on Zoom. Have a look at our website to find out more about what we do, and contact Tess to book a place.

http://www.poemsandproofs.co.uk/teaching.html

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Tiger's Eye Writers updated their website address. 01/12/2021

Tiger's Eye Writers updated their website address.

Tiger's Eye Writers updated their website address.

Tiger's Eye Writers Blog 18/09/2021

Tiger's Eye Writers Blog

'When I saw the lonely face
Trapped inside the newspaper’s news...'

In this week's blog we meet a resilient and resourceful fawn imagined by Flora, 8, and are then lucky enough to be taken into the world of a secret created by Sylvia, 9.

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Teaching 03/08/2021

Teaching

Our writing classes continue on Zoom this September and we have spaces in all groups. Go to http://www.poemsandproofs.co.uk/teaching.html for further details and contact Tess on [email protected] to book a place.

Teaching PoemsandProofs

Tiger's Eye Writers Blog 20/07/2021

Tiger's Eye Writers Blog

Today was our last session in the 11+ writing group. Head over to the Tiger's Eye Writers blog to read a powerful and moving group poem by Abi, Isobel, Niamh and Robyn on what writing means to them ...

http://www.poemsandproofs.co.uk/tigers-eye-writers-blog

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10/07/2021

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Tiger’s Eye Writers Summer Holiday Workshop

For children aged 7–12

Join us on 18 August 10am–2.30pm at The Shoreham Centre for a relaxed, inspiring and supportive creative writing session. After warming up our imaginations we will work on our poems and stories, finishing at 2pm when parents and carers are invited to come and hear a performance of our work.

The cost is £30 (refundable only if Covid restrictions prevent the workshop from going ahead). Paper and pens are provided, although you are more than welcome to bring your own if you have a favourite notebook; you will need a packed lunch and a drink.

Places are limited to 12. Contact Tess on [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to book a place.
(Please note: The event is indoors and we will not be enforcing social distancing.)

www.poemsandproofs.co.uk

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07/07/2021

A huge well done to one of our brilliant young writers who has written a 27,000-word book! Click on the link below to find out more about 'Bailey Miner and the Sea Kingdom' by Corin Motley, including where you can purchase a copy.

http://www.poemsandproofs.co.uk/tigers-eye-writers-blog

Foyle Young Poets – The Poetry Society 23/06/2021

Foyle Young Poets – The Poetry Society

For poets aged 11–17, you have until the end of July to enter the Foyle Young Poets Award – gotta be in it to win it!

Foyle Young Poets – The Poetry Society Foyle Young Poets The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021 is open for entries until 31 July 2021. It is free to enter and is open to poets aged 11-17 years anywhere in the world. Visit foyleyoungpoets.org to submit your poems. Please read the rules carefully. If you have any questions, email u...

Tiger's Eye Writers Blog 18/06/2021

Tiger's Eye Writers Blog

Who is the mysterious Lady Blue and what does the acorn signify? Click on the link to read Elspeth's strange and imaginative story.

http://www.poemsandproofs.co.uk/tigers-eye-writers-blog

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Tiger's Eye Writers Blog 06/05/2021

Tiger's Eye Writers Blog

We're back after the Easter break, and what better way to start the summer term than growing a garden of poems. Click on the link to enjoy a bouquet of word-flowers picked from this week's fabulous new work.

http://www.poemsandproofs.co.uk/tigers-eye-writers-blog

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Teaching 21/04/2021

Teaching

'I love this club because it inspires me to be as creative as I can be. Tess is very encouraging and gives us all kinds of inspirational ideas and prompts that we can turn into exciting stories. She keeps it interesting so that we always do something different every session. I enjoy the mix of poetry and fiction and I love how supportive the other students are.' (Tali)

Tiger's Eye Writers is back (on Zoom) next week for the summer term and there are spaces in all three groups. Browse the website to find out more and do get in touch if you have any questions or to book a place.
http://www.poemsandproofs.co.uk/teaching.html

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Blog 26/03/2021

Blog

We've had another brilliant term at Tiger's Eye Writers; it is an absolute pleasure to work with these inspired and inspiring young people. Head over to our blog to read this week's wonderful selection of poems and stories, and if your child is interested in joining us then do get in touch! The summer term starts the week beginning 26th April; all the dates are on the Poems and Proofs website.

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Blog 11/03/2021

Blog

All I really said to the children was, 'Think of a colour, then think of things which are that colour, then think of moods, feelings and places you associate with that colour.' Just look at what they came up with!

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Foyle Young Poets – of the Year Award 10/03/2021

Foyle Young Poets – of the Year Award

For young writers aged 11-17, the Foyle Young Poets award is now open. https://foyleyoungpoets.org/

Foyle Young Poets – of the Year Award

Blog 21/02/2021

Blog

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the kitchen sink, or curl up on the sofa having watched your anger drown? Click on the link to find out in this week's fabulous poems by Corin and Molly.

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14/02/2021

Happy Valentine's Day! What better gift than this poem written by Chloe Roberts (9) for her mum:

Blog 06/02/2021

Blog

Tiger's Eye Writers is now part of my new website - Poems and Proofs - which gathers the three main strands of my work: facilitating creative writing groups, proofreading and my own writing. Click on the link below to see three fabulous pieces of writing from this week's sessions, on the theme of invitations. The children are, as always, an inspiration.

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Photos from Tiger's Eye Writers's post 24/01/2021

Forest Encounters

One of the things I love most about running these groups is watching the children fly with whatever prompt I present them with, each child in their own unique style.

Here is Luna's response to a picture of a forest waterfall:

Selene’s Story

Selene was a bored, small wolf who didn’t know what to do. She thought a lot and an idea popped into her head. She went up to her room to write a story. It would be about an inventive wolf who got transported to another world for one day. Her name was Stardust Spacepaw. Selene started writing.

Stardust looked at the world. It had a shining waterfall, berries, moss, nuts, and lush trees as tall as towers. She didn’t know a world could be like that because she lived in a forest where trees were scrawny and bare. She immediately began to explore. She had rides on the waterfall, ate sweet and fruity berries and climbed the trees that loomed high over the ground. She loved this place! She looked at birds, big and small, and studied them with great interest. Stardust enjoyed the glowing red sunset. But then she heard a noise.

“Selene! Lunch!”

Selene had to stop writing her story and Stardust’s adventures were left for another time.

Luna Sedelmeier (6)

And now for an encounter with the spirit world that an eerie forest scene inspired in Ella's imagination:

Why is it Always Me

“Why is it always me?”
That’s the question that Simon asked his spirit guardian after he discovered her.
“Why is it always me who gets the blame for everything those idiots do?”
The guardian had an answer.
An answer that I will tell you about.

“Because you used to be an idiot. And, in my view, you still are.”
That was her answer.
There was a long pause.
“Sylva?”
That was the spirit guardian’s name.
Sylva sighed. “What now?”
“You know how you were my servant and I released you?”
“Yes, of course I know! I hated being your servant!”
“Well, did you know that you’re still drawn to me and feel compelled to help me?”
A sigh. “Yes, Simon.”
“Well, Sylva, get me to another world in another band of spirit light where no-one cares what I do, where I come from or who I used to be.”
“No, Simon, please!” she cried. “Don’t do it! I promise I’ll never snap at you again! You know my powers aren’t concentrated enough!”
“Please, Sylva.”
Sylva said nothing but pointed her hands toward Simon, who shut his eyes. He was gone in a moment.

It takes an hour to reach a world in the same band of spirit light as where you started out. It takes a day to get to one in a neighbouring band. This journey would take Simon a week. He decided to sleep it out.

Simon didn’t think that he would stay conscious while he slept. He’d never slept in the spirit light before, though. Sylva had told him that it was possible and a good idea, as it made the journey pass more quickly. She hadn’t told him that he’d stay conscious and wouldn’t dream. “Oh, Sylva,” he sleep-said, though no sound came out of his mouth, “Why didn’t you tell me?”

“I’m so sorry, my poor Simon.” Sylva’s voice echoed around him. Simon flinched, though it did not wake him. “Hey, Sylva, get out of my head!” he cried irritably. Sylva ignored this and carried on speaking. “I shall send you a dream.”

Simon was a bird. BirdSimon flew away. FrogSimon said to TreeSimon, “Let’s eat the bulldozer thickly from the window. Then we can flick it.”
“No, yeah, sure but let’s leave JellyfishSimon and RefrigeratorSylva some or they’ll –“

Simon broke free from the ridiculous dream. “Sylv! Give me a dream that’s calm and actually makes sense!”
“Sorry, Simon,” said Sylva.

Birds flew above Simon’s head. He stared up at them longingly. Then he felt himself soaring with them, flying as one of their group. He felt a sense of peace and belonging with them. But, however much he was enjoying this, he somehow wished he was back home with Mum, Dad and even the two most annoying people he had ever met – his brother and sister, Benji and Mel.

He felt a sense of panic as he tried to break free from the dream but failed this time. Just then, he remembered – panic was what caused Sylva’s powers to get out of control! The dream disappeared in an instant, replaced with black nothingness, not even the light of the spirit band. He heard Sylva’s faint screams echo through the band. “Sylva!” he cried. The spirit’s name echoed all around him as though he were in a tight tunnel, although he knew the spirit light was infinite. His voice echoed and echoed and echoed, becoming more and more distorted each time as fear consumed his body.

Simon was crouched on hard, unfriendly ground, his eyes clamped tightly shut. He was panting hard and he was overwhelmingly dizzy. His fear for Sylva was unbearable.

Ella Jesson (10)

Young Poets Takeover – The Poetry Society 22/01/2021

Young Poets Takeover – The Poetry Society

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Young Poets Takeover – The Poetry Society Young Poets Takeover Young Poets Takeovers are a space for up-and-coming young poets and performers to meet one another and share their work on stage. These events are curated specially for young people and tickets are always free. We platform the brilliant young people who are involved in The Poetr...

20/01/2021

A picture of a misty forest inspired this powerful and disturbing story by Niamh, 13, in yesterday's writing session ...

Nightmare

Like always, I feel the cold first. It stitches pain into every part of my body, forcing me to wake. Only mentally of course; physically my body is still lying in bed, engulfed in warmth and safety. Neither of which are here.

I let my eyes adjust to the overwhelming darkness before standing up, a twig snaps under my foot breaking the silence. The black, sinister silhouettes of trees surround me like a gathering of shadows. I’m so familiar to this mystery that it no longer feels mysterious. I feel as if I am in the set of a horror movie, I just hope it doesn't include the characters.

The landscape is solemn and still but yet I don’t feel alone. Thoughts splash through my mind - a raging ocean. I walk on. Branches scrape my back like the peril I know is coming.

10/01/2021

Our writing sessions continue to thrive on Zoom, and it was lovely to see the children again last week after the Christmas break. What better way to start the year than with this strong and hopeful poem by Tali Sedelmeier, aged 11:

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

I will chop up my fear and drown it in butter,
I will pulverize my worry and stuff it in a berry smoothie
I will devour my anxiety and wash it down with orange juice,
I will tear up my distress with my sharpest knife and sprinkle it with hopeful nutmeg,
I will burn my terror with the hottest chilli pepper, burning its cowardly pimpled tongue.

2020 may have captured me and frozen my life,
But 2021 won’t hold me down,
For it shall be my friend.

Another year stronger,
Another year smarter,
Another year kinder,
And another year braver.

(Writing prompt adapted from '52: Write a poem a week' by Jo Bell and guest poets' - available from Nine Arches Press)

02/12/2020

Bookings are now open for next term! We will continue to meet via Zoom. Contact Tess on [email protected] for more information or to book a place.

28/08/2020

Our writing clubs continue this September via Zoom and we have spaces in all groups. Contact Tess on tessjo[email protected]

Tiger's Eye Writers 04/02/2020

Tiger's Eye Writers

Six places left on our half-term writing workshop - contact Tess if you have any questions or to book a place!


Join us on Monday February 17th 10am-2.30pm in the Shoreham Centre for a creative writing workshop for children aged 6-11. We will begin with warm-up activities and games to fire up our imaginations then spend focused time working on our stories and poems before finishing with the opportunity to read work to the group and receive constructive and supportive feedback.
Parents and carers are invited to return at 2pm for a performance of the children’s work. Children will need to bring a packed lunch and a drink.
The cost is £28. There are twelve spaces available.
Contact Tess on 07940 466035/[email protected] for more information or to book.
Please note children who are six must be in Year 2.
The fee is non-refundable but should your child be unable to attend they are welcome to send a friend in their place.
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Tiger's Eye Writers

21/01/2020

Tiger’s Eye Writers Half-Term Workshop

Join us on Monday February 17th 10am-2.30pm in the Shoreham Centre for a creative writing workshop for children aged 6-11. We will begin with warm-up activities and games to fire up our imaginations then spend focused time working on our stories and poems before finishing with the opportunity to read work to the group and receive constructive and supportive feedback. Parents and carers are invited to return at 2pm for a performance of the children’s work. Children will need to bring a packed lunch and a drink. The cost is £28. (This is non-refundable but should your child be unable to attend they are welcome to send a friend in their place.) There are twelve spaces available. Contact Tess on 07940 466035/[email protected] for more information or to book.

(please note children who are six must be in Year 2).
www.sites.google.com/site/tigerseyewriters

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