Schools being urged to enter writing competition

Secondary schools in the Western Isles are being urged to sign up for a ScottishPower initiative aimed at encouraging reading, writing and creativity.

ScottishPower is running its Story Generator initiative for the second year in association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Pupils will be given the opening line from celebrated children’s author Elizabeth Wein as the starting point for their story and the youngsters can then use their imagination to take the tale forward.

Elizabeth Wein has provided the opening line for the Story Generator initiative from her novel Code Name Verity - “I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was.”

Pupils are asked to each add just one individual line to the story before the next pupil picks up the thread of the tale with their own sentence.

The whole school or class can contribute to generate their own story. There are no rules regarding length or content.

The winning school will receive a donation of books and there will also be a prize for the individual pupil who provides the best line.

Ann Loughrey, Head of CSR at ScottishPower, said: “Story Generator provides a great opportunity to encourage reading, writing and creativity within secondary schools and we are delighted to be working with Elizabeth Wein and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.”

Sadie McKinlay, Sponsorship and Development Manager at the Edinburgh International Book Festival said: “The Edinburgh International Book Festival is all about encouraging writers and we are delighted to support ScottishPower in their initiative”.

If you would like to register your school to take part in ScottishPower’s Story Generator initiative please contact Kirstin Aitken at The BIG Partnership on 0141 333 9585 or scottishpowercompetition@bigpartnership.co.uk. Schools should register their interest before 3rd September 2012.

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