Challenge 1: Doorways

We invite you to write a story about a doorway.

This doorway might be magical, secret, hidden or filled with opportunities, possibilities and access to places of your dreams.


You should:


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

Plan your story to help you think through what story you want to tell.

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


This challenge's titles (choose one):

  1. On the Other Side

  2. The Door

  3. Locked

  4. The Key

  5. Gateway


This challenge's criteria:


1. Word count


200-500 words.


2. To describe setting and doorways in detail


This means to use powerful vocabulary to create vivid descriptions.

You might challenge yourself to:

  • Include similes, metaphors and personification

  • To use pathetic fallacy

  • To use the door to represent something more - like a secret or an opportunity.


3. To express a character's feelings


This means showing the reader how your character feels and how his or her feelings change as they go through the door.

You could show this by:

  • How they act / what they do

  • How they move

  • What they say


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 to emphasise something or to create a shock

  • Use an ellipsis to suggest something is going to happen to the reader.

The stimulus material:

1. Stimulus Images

This file includes key words and images to help inspire ideas.

2. 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.

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