500 Words Writing Challenge

19 March 2018

A radio show is inspiring young people to find their inner writer.

The BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show is once again holding its 500 Words story-writing competition.

The project is aimed at getting children excited about reading and writing and tasks them with writing a 500-word story on any theme or subject.

Year 7 students at Royal Docks Academy have submitted their 500-word stories and are eagerly awaiting news of their potential success.

Albany Borland, head of English, said: “For six weeks, we looked at descriptive and narrative writing in class. The competition is a great way of getting students engaged with writing creatively. It is also a bit of fun as there is the chance of becoming part of a national picture.

“We have submitted a large number of entries from our students, who have been very imaginative and drawn on their own experiences as a starter. They have really enjoyed the freedom of being able to write what they want and being able to experiment with it. This is part of our continued focus on improving literacy and enables the students to draw on what they had already learnt.”

Winning articles will be read live on the radio at Hampton Court Palace on June 8 by a celebrity to 10 million listeners.

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