Challenge 9: Journeys

We invite you to get creative using journeys, adventures or quests - Expand your creative writing to use a journey or quest to convey a message about a quality such as courage.


The stimulus material:

This week, we want you to choose an opposite pair to use in your writing. This could be light and dark, sweet and sour, happy and sad... the choice is yours!

1. Extracts

This file includes extracts from literature for your pleasure. They each include an element that links to this week's theme. Reading them will provide excellent examples of how to write about the theme as well as give you a chance to enjoy some amazing literary moments.

2. Images and Word Clouds

This file includes lots of images to help you get ideas for your writing.

This challenge requires you to think about how you can use journeys to create an exciting adventure, quest or discovery.

You might choose somewhere familiar, exotic or completely fictional. It can be magical, full of action, or something thoughtful.

You can draw pictures to accompany your story. Or you might write something non-fiction - a piece of travel writing.


Non-fiction could be really exciting when thinking about our current lock-down situation... perhaps you could write a travel log around your home, turning rooms into different lands... or perhaps you could re-imagine the places you have been or somewhere you would love to go!

Your writing can be based on something true, or something completely imagined.

Once again, we invite your writing to be in different forms. You might write or create:

  • A story

  • A biography

  • An article

  • A graphic story / comic

  • A poem

  • A speech / article / argument / diary format

  • A series of letters as if your character is writing to someone from wherever they are travelling 

You should:

  • Read and look through the stimulus material to help you come up with ideas.

  • Plan your work to help you think through what you want to create.

  • Use a dictionary and a thesaurus to help with vocabulary and spellings.

Possible titles might be (you can use your own if you want to):

  • Here and There

  • Dear ...

  • Over Yonder

  • Journey to the ...

  • A Ticket to ...

This challenge's criteria:


1. Word count


No more than 600 words or two pages if a graphic text


2. To use detail in your description


This means to use powerful, contrasting vocabulary to create vivid descriptions.


You might challenge yourself to:

  • Make familiar things seem strange

  • Include lots of objects, animals and people to make somewhere unfamiliar easy to imagine

  • Include pathetic fallacy

  • Include personification

  • Use transport / movement in interesting ways


3. To use a journey or a quest as a metaphor to represent a moral message


This might mean using your journey, adventure or quest to represent something like courage, kindness or determination.


4. Control the accuracy and effect of your writing


This means to use paragraphs, punctuation and vocabulary as accurately as you can.


You might challenge yourself by:

  • Using single word or single sentence paragraphs / stanzas to emphasise something or to create a specific feeling

  • Use a semi-colon to connect ideas together

  • Use a colon to introduce a list

  • Use letter, diary or article formats and layouts accurately

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