Creative Writing

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How to Write a Story

by Shaun Levin
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The writing prompts and suggestions on the How to Write a Story map will inspire you to explore all aspects of a memorable and layered story: complex characters, clear settings, sharp dialogue, suspense and a rewarding ending.

The How to Write a Story map is suited to all ages, and is our first Writing Map devised particularly with younger and starting-out writers in mind. Like all the Writing Maps, though, it's also suitable for writers of all levels.

Everyone writes differently. These are just a few ways of putting together a story. Over time you'll find new ways of making stories. The map's creative writing prompts and suggestions will also encourage you toexpand your descriptions, try out different points of view, and play around with your story's structure. This Writing Map will remind you that writing is a playful and a serious craft, and the more you practice, the stronger your voice will be. Write your stories your way... with a little help from the How to Write a Story map.

The Writing Map is devised and written by Shaun Levin with illustrations by Jack Slater. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds down to A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on 120gsm recycled paper in England. All Writing Maps are protected by a resealable cellophane sleeve.

More than 150 compelling photos and provocative writing prompts work together in this hybrid photo book/journal to inspire young adults to think, dream, create. Writers looking for inspiration and ideas will find what they need here. Image and Imagination is a repository of story starters, a practice space for fun and informal writing, and a turnkey to unlock the writer within.
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The Character Map

by Shaun Levin
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How well do you know your characters? Do you know what they believe in, who their first love was, how they listen to music, when they first encountered death? Do you know what they'd think about you? The writing exercises on The Character Map will inspire you to create complex and authentic characters, as well as help you discover new things about the characters in your stories.

The exercises on the Character Map Writing Map will prompt you to explore the soundtrack to your character's life, to look inside their bag and pockets, and to sit with them on a park bench and talk about love.

The Writing Map is devised and written by Shaun Levin with illustrations by Hannah Rowlands. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds into A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on recycled paper in England. 

NOTE: Some content not appropriate for writers under 16.

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The Description Writing Map

by Shaun Levin
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Precise description makes what you write feel real and vivid, makes it memorable.
These exercises and writing prompts on The Description Writing Map will help you create stories, blog posts, poems, or novels. All writing starts with observation, witnessing an event, remembering a moment that resonates and expands into an anecdote, an imagined situation that moves you to translate it into words.
Close observation and description are a workout! They may not always be easy but they will strengthen your creative ability to write powerful stories that linger in a reader's mind. Like all intense workouts, the challenge to write description will be a source of satisfaction to you as a writer.

The Writing Map is devised and written by Shaun Levin with illustrations by Ricky Butler. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds down to A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on 170gsm bond paper in England.

NOTE: Appropriate for writers of all ages.

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City of Inspiration

by Shaun Levin
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Writing prompts and exercises to explore any city. Write in parks, by water, while ambling through the streets and pausing in art galleries. Write in cafés. Every city is full of inspiration for stories and memories. This Writing Map will be your guide to the unknown. Be open to surprises.

The exercises on the City of Inspiration Writing Maprange from visiting the same place at noon and midnight , to living with a specific colour for a day, and to exploring the city scape as it is now compared to vintage images of it.

The Writing Map is devised and written by Shaun Levin with illustrations by James Daw. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds down to A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on 110gsm paper in England.

NOTE: Appropriate for writers of all ages.

Write Through School

Write Through School

by Shaun Levin
€5.50 EUR

Our school days are a compendium of complicated, funny, passionate and awkward stories. Even if you live to a hundred, you'll have spent over 10% of your life at school. That's more than enough subject matter for any writer to work with.

These creative writing prompts will help you transform some of that material into intriguing and complex stories. Write about classrooms and break- times, teachers, school trips, bullies and favourite subjects. This is not homework.

The Write Through School Writing Map is devised to suit writers at all stages of their association with school: whether still in class, recently graduated, or those looking back with nostalgia or horror. School's out! Now, write!.

The Writing Map is devised and written by Shaun Levin with illustrations by Steve Wiltshire. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds down to A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on 170gsm bond paper in England.

NOTE: Some content may not be appropriate for writers under 16.

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Write Up Your Street

by Shaun Levin
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Neighbourhoods are hives of stories. Suburbs, boroughs, precincts, even a single street are natural framing devices for novels, short stories and character sketches. The creative writing prompts and story ideas on the Write Up Your Street Writing Map will guide you through neighbourhoods past, present and fictional, and suggest ways to develop stories out of the dramas happening right outside your front door.

The Write Up Your Street Writing Map will get you exploring the built landscape, the things that grow in your part of town, litter on the streets, and challenge you to visit parts of town you've not been to before.

The Writing Map is devised and written by Shaun Levin with illustrations by Andy Carter. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds down to A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on 120gsm paper in England.

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Writing the Family Album

by Shaun Levin
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Whether you're a writer or non-writer, writing memoir or fiction, these creative writing prompts will suggest ways of turning the family album into a rich collection of stories. Write about grandparents and cousins, parents, siblings from an older generation, family journeys and family secrets.

The creative writing prompts on this Writing Map are inspired by Sergei Dovatov's book of bustling and tender family stories, Ours.

We're all part of a family, and each family is made up of more than one family. We are our story and the stories of those who raised us, made us and came before us. Those stories are in our DNA; as writers, it's our job to record them and our project to shape them into dramatic and memorable narratives.

Writing the Family Album will inspire you to write creatively about the stories we tell and have been told about our families, and the stories we imagine about the families we (and the characters we create) are from.

The Writing Map is devised and written by Shaun Levin with illustrations by Daniel Padure and Stephen Longwill. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds down to A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on 120gsm recycled paper in England.

Content appropriate for all ages.