Ask pupils to write a poem, then attach an entry form ensuring their name, surname and age are filled out
Send your entries, along with your school entry form to:
Young Writers SS,
Alternatively, you can upload your pupil's poems or send them to us on USB or CD.
We'll send you a free copy of the book your pupils feature in. If you send over 50 entries, we'll send you an extra copy.
Tip #1 Constrained Writing
Poetopia has rules in place to restrict students' writing and to challenge them, even if they are writing about something they relate to.
Constrained Writing is no stranger to poetry, the Oulipo have been writing poetry this way since 1960! Dr Seuss wrote 'Green Eggs and Ham' using only 50 words to win a £50 bet with his friend!
You can add writing constraints to the Poetopia rules to challenge students further - what about writing a poem with every word beginning with the same letter? Introduce a word limit or you could ban certain common words to crank up the challenge!
Tip #2 Idea Generator
It's frustrating when you can't think of any ideas and equally frustrating when you have too many! Ask students to write the subject matter/theme as a title on a piece of paper.
Next, ask them to write down any words or phrases they associate with their subject. Now, can they think of any words that rhyme? See any alliteration, simile or metaphor possibilities?
Ask them to write a few lines using words / phrases they have come up with, suggest they move words around, edit out unnecessary words and play with the layout of the poem until they have achieved a poem they are happy with.
Tip #3 Personification
Using personification means students can create an identity and give a voice to something without feeling like they are baring their soul.
For example, if a student wants to write a personal account of bullying but feels vunerable doing so, writing as wall /tree/school bag or as a witness they can write freely giving their thoughts, feelings and emotions to a third party. This gives students an outlet to write about personal situations through an identity