Opportunities are so important for young people today. At YouNG we are provided with many opportunities. One of the main ones is help with developing our writing skills. This week at our YouNG session (on Wednesday) we were privileged to have help from Nicky Mee (Marketing & Public Relations Officer at Rushcliffe Borough Council). First we looked at writing styles and genres. With YouNG we have the opportunity to undertake many different creative writing tasks to do e.g. in our weekly blogs.
We were then set a written opinion task: discussing the pros and cons to be a vegetarian. Despite being the same age, we all had different views and different ways of expressing our view, yet most gave an evenly balanced argument, then coming to their conclusion. We were helped along the way by our YouNG project leader, Anna Poole, and her assistant Amy Gethings. Amy enjoyed the task so much that she joined in by writing her own piece. The great thing about YouNG is that we are all different so we can communicate with all young people across Rushcliffe.
It was another great experience especially as Nicky gave us a laugh or two during the evening. As every ambassador wrote their own opinion piece be sure to check them out and let us know your thoughts on being a vegetarian via twitter or in the blogs comment. We can now pass on our new knowledge of what we should remember before, during and after writing our blogs.
On behalf of the entire group we would like to thank Nicky for coming to help us develop our writing skills.
The main things you need to consider:
* Content – what you actually saying. Is it ‘right’ and is it interesting?
* Organisation – how you lay out your writing. Is it ‘right’ and is it clear?
* Accuracy – words, spelling and grammar. Are they the ‘right’ words in the ‘right’ style?
* Effect – how you create an impact. Have you grabbed the reader?
*Style -make the style personal. Write your article in the first person (I). Also, address your audience and assume their agreement (“you know what I mean”, “I’m sure you’ll agree”).
*Language – use lots of strong adjectives and intensifiers (e.g. “incredibly tasty, absolutely scrummy etc.”)
Sentences: start with short, sharp sentences. Make them longer as you get more and more into the argument.
Connectives: use positive connectives to create a sense of momentum: “and… not only that… and then there’s… not forgetting… and what’s more… and as if you need reminding… and also… and while I’m on the subject…” etc.
Paragraphs: organise your whole piece into paragraphs to show how your argument is developing and building towards a conclusion. Think about ordering your paragraphs.
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