Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WHAT'S YOUR STORY? here's your chance to make up a tall tale and maybe win something


HIGHLY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know how much we enjoy being part of the Singapore maker community. Over the past two years, we’ve used our Super Cool Books storyworlds to help kids make electronic toys, design board games and even create their own comic strips using recycled cardboard. We’re planning to introduce a few more new projects in 2015, so watch out for those. 

In the meantime, this December we’re supporting Xobon Magazine’s Story Writing Competition at the first Makers Block: Kids Edition, which is part of the Singapore Maker Festival 2014, and takes place from 1 to 22 December at the Little Arts Academy @PoMo (Singapore). 


This competition is for budding writers from 8 to 11 years old. The awesome prizes included autographed books by Don Bosco and AJ Low, and winners will also get to create a 3D model of the main character from their stories. You can find out more about the activities at http://xobonmag.com/creativewriting/ and http://www.facebook.com/Xobon.

We’ve invited Soo, the very energetic and fun-loving Creative Director of Xobon Magazine, to explain why you should not only come join the fun, but also bring your very own original story to share with everyone. (By the way, we featured Soo previously here.) 

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MEET SOO FROM XOBON MAGAZINE
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WHY ORGANISE THIS STORY WRITING COMPETITION?
SOO: Children enjoy a good story, whether they read it or hear it. Some love them so much, they start to create their own. We believe that every child has a story to tell, and they will only be too eager to share it if we just give them the chance to. We’re organising this competition so that we have an excuse to give them wonderful prizes for their effort!

OH, GOODY! BUT, HMMM, WHAT MAKES A GOOD STORY?
Ask any avid reader to give an example of a good story, and they will likely name a story that had touched them in one way or another. A story may make you stop and listen because of the strong voice that its charismatic main character has. A story may be retold for generations because of the important message behind the story. A story may find its way onto private bookshelves because the writing is so beautiful you want to collect it like a piece of treasure. In this competition, we want to hear YOUR voice, we want to know YOUR story. Tell a simple story and tell it well. If your unique voice can be heard through your words, you will likely win.

HOW CAN YOUNG WRITERS PREPARE FOR THIS? 
Pick up any story, one that’s suitable for beginner readers will do. Examine the characters: how can you make your reader remember your character better? Examine the plot and setting of the story: how can you surprise your reader? Examine the climax of the story: how do you use the resolution of the story to relate a strong message to your readers? Aside from these technicalities, sit down, clear your thoughts and reflect on the stories you enjoy reading. Recall the bits that made you laugh the hardest, recall how some stories made you afraid, recall the stories that you want to read over and over again. Such details may come in handy!

NOTE: Xobon Magazine is a bimonthly publication published by Nimbus Design. It encourages creative expression and imaginative play. It features creative work by children from around the world. These include artwork, handmade craft, stories, poetry, and creative science projects. Visit their workshop area at Makers Block: Kids Edition (1 to 22 December, Little Arts Academy @PoMo, Singapore).