A few weeks ago I was invited to Hiroshima International School to give an author talk as part of their Reading Week program. Rather than stand and waffle in front of a hall full of small kids, we instead came up with the idea of doing a day of writing workshops with the students
I make my living writing non-fiction books, features and travel pieces, but I also do a little short and micro fiction writing. So, I ended doing a micro fiction workshop with a group of about 40 students aged 4 to 8. What I'm sharing here is a piece of micro fiction I wrote for the kids and that I used bit by bit to introduce them to the style of micro fiction and then the concept of a twist at the end. I'd never tried writing for kids before, nor have I ever taught a large group of kids, but it actually worked, which is why I'm sharing it here. After this exercise, they planned, wrote and edited their own micro fiction and the results were brilliant. So, it might not be a very pretty graphic I'm sharing, but the results really exceeded my expectations, and I finally found a use for micro fiction - a first step to get kids writing their own stories.
Hello. I'm a Tokyo-based writer of books, features, short-form poetry, and micro and flash fiction.